Leasing Land for Local Farming

When: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Kettle Pond Visitors Center
Why: If you are a landowner with at least a couple acres of open land that may be suitable for farming, would you consider leasing some of your land for local farming? Learn more at this workshop!

The cost of land in Rhode Island makes it difficult for many farmers to find land to farm – our state has the highest market value of farmland in the entire country. For both young farmers starting out, and existing farmers looking to farm more land, it is very expensive to purchase land to farm, and it can be difficult to find land to lease. Charlestown Land Trust, Land for Good, and the RI Land Trust Council, along with other organizations in the state, are working to address this problem and to help sustain local farming. Our effort tries to connect interested property owners who have suitable open land with both young and existing farmers who are looking for land to farm.

If you are a landowner with at least a couple acres of open land that may be suitable for farming, would you consider leasing some of your land for local farming? It could both help produce food and also reduce the need for maintenance or mowing of your property. Many farmers can make just a couple acres of land go a long way in vegetable and crop production.

At a workshop on Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm at Kettle Pond Visitors Center, we hope to provide you with all you need to know about the process of leasing your land for farming. At the workshop we will answer any questions you might have, including:

  • Benefits of leasing to local farmers
  • What you should consider before leasing or making your land available
  • What farmers are looking for when they lease land
  • How to connect with local farmers interested in farming your land

Please RSVP to the Charlestown Land Trust office @ 401-213-4422 or call Karen Jarret directly at 401-742-6954. We hope to see you on Thursday June 8th at Kettle Pond Visitors Center-

Please feel free to share this information with other landowners who might be interested.