Finding ways to make farming more accessible for would-be farmers involves working with existing landowners and potential tenants/buyers to educate both groups on the possibilities open to them. Surveys, focus groups and personal interviews were used to determine what tactics would be more effective in engaging both groups.
What would motivate current landowners to make farmland and buildings available to beginning small-scale diversified farmers, particularly immigrant and refugee farmers?
According to the research for this project, more familiarity with small-scale farming options and alternatives, and creation of low-risk ways for new farmers to prove their abilities, sincerity and prospects for making a profit.
John Baker, Jan Flora, Andy Larson
Year of Grant Completion
Lewis, Hannah; Baker, John R.; Flora, Jan L.; and Larson, Andrew, "Toward a new Homestead Act: Designing a farmstead transfer and leasing program for high-value farming and farmstead preservation" (2011). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 371.