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 communication to build successful farm enterprises between new or expanding farmers and landowners of all kinds. Parcels of land as small as ¼ acre or encompassing hundreds of acres are all potentially eligible for inclusion in the program. The program currently hosts listings for land in Pennsylvania and New Jersey although farmers may register certainly register from outside of these locations.
Beginning farmers cite access to land as the number one barrier to farming. Increasingly, the next generation of farmers is coming from highly educated urban and suburban backgrounds. Unlike previous generations, they do not have access to farmland through inheritance or family connections. At the same time, conscientious landowners across Pennsylvania have protected thousands of acres of land through being good stewards of their property themselves, to making more formal arrangements through conservation and preservation easements. FLC’s goal is to unite these landowners with farmers through the creation of equitable land leasing to support sustainable farming statewide and beyond.
There is currently no fee to participate in the program; all it takes is a completed application registration and a desire to support sustainable farming community on your property.
Although we do not require the farmers in the leasing program to receive Food Alliance certification, we do ask that you encourage them to 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 you navigate the leasing process.
How Do I Begin? (Please note, we are no longer taking registrations for this program, as it is dormant due to lack of funding. PASA does hope to reinvigorate this program in the future.)
If you haven’t done so already, start thinking about what kind of agricultural practices you’d like to see on your land and visit similar operations in your area to get a sense of how your property will look and feel. Understanding your goals and objectives will make it easier to find a farmer who shares your vision.
How Long Will It Take?
Helpful Resources for Landowners
Land Leasing Checklist for Farmers and Landowners
Land Leasing FAQ
Recommended Land Leasing Consultants
Agricultural/Land Stewardship Organizations: PASA, Natural Lands Trust, Land Trust Alliance, Food Alliance, Land for Good, Northeast Beginning Farmer "Trainer's Toolbox" containing excellent free webinars on the leasing process.