"Access to Land" Get a brief overview in this article about farmland access for farmers. The NESFI publication "Holding Ground" goes into this topic in depth. By the New England Small Farm Institute, originally published in The Natural Farmer.
Holding Ground: A Guide to Northeast Farmland Tenure and Stewardship - This comprehensive guide from the Intervale Center (VT) and NESFI offers models and mechanisms, other than outright ownership, for secure tenure on farmland in any U.S. region. Contains simple explanations of tenure options, useful worksheets, case studies, and sample short- and long-term leases. Available from the Bookstore.
Farmland Transfer & Protection In New England: A Guide for Entering & Exiting Farmers - Information on farm transfer and secure tenure for the next generation of New England farmers. Useful for farm families and service providers involved in farmland access, transfer, and protection. A NESFI publication available from the Bookstore.
Is Farm Leasing Right for You? 4 module online tutorial from Land for Good that provides basic information, lease example and linked resources.
"Is Your Town Farm Friendly? A Checklist for Sustaining Rural Character" - From the University of New Hampshire. A set of useful questions for investigating the regulatory climate of a potential farm location, or assessing the one you already have, whether in NH or elsewhere.
National Water and Climate Center - Resources on rainfall, growing season and other climate information. Part of the USDA National Resource and Conservation Service website.
State Soil Surveys - Contact information to request soil maps for the counties you are interested in. Maps for some states are available as downloadable file.
Programs in New England and Elsewhere linking people to land:
- New England Land Link (a NESFI Program)
- Maine Farm Link
- New Jersey Farm Link
- Conneticut Farm Link
- New York FarmNet
- Pennsylvania Farm Link
- National Farm Transition Network for a linked directory of farm link programs in the US.
- Ontario, Canada land link
- New Entry Sustainable Farmers Project (also in Massachusetts)