Publications and Web Resources
American Farmland Trust’s Farmland Access Webinar
California FarmLink: Getting on Solid Ground - An Overview of 15 Ways to Secure Land
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Farmland Access Manual https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/farmland-access-manual/
FarmLASTS Project: Agricultural Land Tenure - A Curriculum for Beginning Farmers and Farm Seekers
Farm Steward Crowdfunding
Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina: A Mini compendium of resources for beginning farmers on the topic of finding sustainable land tenure - A Greenhorns Guidebook
Land for Good’s Guide to Acquiring Farmland
SC Farm Link (SCDA): Gaining Access to Farmland in South Carolina
American Farmland Trust
1150 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036
202-331-7300 (fax) 202-659-8339
American Farmland Trust works with farmers, planners and policy makers to ensure a regionally diverse structure for agriculture and more favorable economic conditions to keep farmers and ranchers on the land. Since most land use decisions are local, they work to create farm-friendly communities, demonstrate model approaches, educate partners and enact policies at all levels of government to support family farmers and keep land available and affordable for farming.
Center for Heirs Property
1535 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite D Charleston, SC 29407
A non profit that offers legal education and direct legal services to help families reach agreement, clear title to family land and probate estates. Clients can receive the legal services necessary to resolve heirs’ property issues including title searches, preparing documents, scheduling land surveys, requesting hearings, and providing full representation in court.
Coastal Conservation League
328 East Bay Street, PO Box 1765, Charleston, SC 29402
843-723-8035 (fax) 843-732-8308
Rural land conservation is a priority for the Conservation League and is achieved by public and private land protection through easements, zoning ordinances and by support of rural land uses.
East Cooper Open Land Trust
845 Lowcountry Blvd. Suite P, PO Box 2495, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465
ECOLT is a local nonprofit organization with the mission to help conserve natural spaces and the quality of life in East Cooper communities.
Equity Trust, Inc.
PO Box 746, Amherst, MA 01004
Equity Trust is a national organization that provides counseling on land tenure issues (by phone, email, and on site) to farmers, land trusts and others; promotes alternative approaches to farm ownership through presentations, workshops, and publications; provides model documents (in electronic form and on paper) for alternative approaches to farm ownership; and helps adapt these models to particular local situations – through document- review, phone and email consultations, and on-site technical assistance.
Lowcountry Open Land Trust
43 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401
843-577-6510 (fax) 843-577-0501
A local land conservation and organization that is focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant Lowcountry lands. Principal tool for protection has been voluntary conservation easements donated by private landowners. Works to design easements that preserve the landscape and protect wildlife habitat, water quality and historic resources, while promoting traditional uses such as agriculture.
TIP Net (Transition Incentives Program), Farm Service Agency http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/tipNet?area=online&subject=landing&topic=tip&setflag=welcome
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0506
FSA has developed this website to provide a tool to connect retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who are interested in the Transition Incentives Program. Retired or retiring owners or operators with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts can receive up to two additional annual rental payments if they sell or lease the CRP land to beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers who are interested in bringing the land into production using sustainable grazing or crop production methods, including transitioning to organic.