Land Access

Updated: Feb 17

General Resources


Finding Land


Evaluating Land


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Publications and Web Resources

American Farmland Trust’s Farmland Access Webinar

http://www.farmland.org/programs/protection/Farmland-Advisors-Farmland-Access.asp


California FarmLink: Getting on Solid Ground - An Overview of 15 Ways to Secure Land

http://www.farmland.org/documents/GettingonSolidGroundCAFarmlink.pdf

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

http://www.uvm.edu/farmlasts/FarmLASTSAgLandTenure.pdf


Farm Steward Crowdfunding

https://gosteward.com/farmers


Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina: A Mini compendium of resources for beginning farmers on the topic of finding sustainable land tenure - A Greenhorns Guidebook

http://www.thegreenhorns.net/wp-content/files_mf/1390776846GH_landtenureworkshop_minicompendium2.pdf


Land for Good’s Guide to Acquiring Farmland

http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Acquiring-Land-To-Farm-Guide.pdf


SC Farm Link (SCDA): Gaining Access to Farmland in South Carolina

https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/external-affairs-economic-development/sc-farm-link/


Organizations

American Farmland Trust

www.farmland.org

1150 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036

202-331-7300 (fax) 202-659-8339

Contact: info@farmland.org 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

(843) 745-7055

Contact: Preservationinfo@heirsproperty.org

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

www.coastalconservationleague.org

328 East Bay Street, PO Box 1765, Charleston, SC 29402

843-723-8035 (fax) 843-732-8308

Contact: info@scccl.org 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

www.eastcooperland.org

845 Lowcountry Blvd. Suite P, PO Box 2495, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465

843-224-1849

Contact: info@eastcooperland.org 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.

www.equitytrust.org

PO Box 746, Amherst, MA 01004

413-256-6161

Contact: administration@equitytrust.org 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

http://www.lolt.org/

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

Contact: oip@ftc.usda.gov 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.



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