Attention Farm Lease Connection Users:
PASA's Farm Lease Connection program is currently dormant due to lack of further funding to support this program. We hope to acquire additional funds to reinvigorate this program in the future, but for now please feel free to peruse the resources available on the site. PASA staff will not be actively matching landowners with potential farmers.
Welcome to PASA’s Farm Lease Connection (FLC), a program that blends web technology with personal communications to build successful farm enterprises between new or expanding farmers and landowners of all kinds. The program currently hosts listings for land in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In every recent survey, new and beginning farmers cite access to land as the number one barrier to farming. FLC enables farmers to gain access to land who wouldn’t otherwise be able to farm due to the high cost of land ownership and lack of initial capital. Parcels of land as small as a ¼ acre up to hundreds of acres are all potentially eligible for inclusion in the program.
There is currently no fee to participate in the program. All it takes is a completed application registration and a desire to be a part of the sustainable farming community.
Although we do not require farmers to receive Food Alliance certification, we do ask that all of our farmers follow Food Alliance’s commitment to safe and fair working conditions, humane animal treatment and careful stewardship of ecosystems. For more information about Food Alliance, click here.
How does Farm Lease Connection (FLC) work?
If both parties determine a successful match can be made, FLC will point you toward a range of valuable land leasing resources to help get your farm started.
For more information and statistics on the difficulties purchasing farmland in southeastern Pennsylvania, click here for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s 2008-2009 study. To read about a real-life situation in which PASA's leasing program helped create a new farm enterprise, click here.
If you haven’t done so already, get started on your future farm’s business plan. Sustainable farming means more than the way you farm the land, it’s about creating a long-term, financially viable business. Having a business plan is a great way to appeal to a landowner and demonstrate you are serious about making a match.
Land Leasing Checklist for Farmers and Landowners
Land Leasing FAQ
Helpful Resources for Farmers
Business/Leasing Templates and Guides: Sample Land Lease, SARE/MISA's Business Plan Guide, Land for Good's lease templates, Harvard Law School's negotiation skills resources, SBA's Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan.
Land Leasing Research: Temple Univ. Fox School of Business Market Feasibility Research (2010), University of Vermont's FarmLASTS Research (2010).
Finance: Univ. of Vermont's Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, SARE farmer grant information, USDA Fruit & Vegetable Price Portal, Rodale Institute Organic Price Report.
Publications: The Quarterly Food Law Newsletter, Farmland ConneCTions, Northeast Beginning Farmer "Trainer's Toolbox" with free webinar listings/recordings on farm land access.
Government Programs: FSA's Land Contract Guarantee Program
USDA-Farm Service Agency: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is committed to providing clear and concise explanation of its farm loan process, and is pleased to announce the online publication titled “Your guide to FSA Farm Loans.” The guide is available online at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafl