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Land Access

CADE offers support to beginning farmers with land access needs, connecting you with tools, resources, and local landowners interested in supporting the next generation of farmers.

Farmland for a New Generation NY (FNG) is a farm linking website designed by American Farmland Trust to help beginning farmers and landowners connect. Both beginning farmers AND farming or non-farming landowners can use the site.

Visit the NY Farmland Finder website!

If you’re a farmer in search of land, you can create a profile on FNG as a “Land Seeker,” share information about your ideal land access scenario, and reach out directly to farmland owners for more information about their land.  


As a landowner, whether you’re an active farmer looking to transition your land and business, a second homeowner who wants to lease your land to a local farmer, or someone in between, posting your property on FNG will make it visible to NY farmers in need of land.  


In the end, FNG can help support equitable land transfers, keeping our beautiful farmland in production! 


CADE is a “Regional Navigator” for American Farmland Trust - this means we’re here to help farmers and landowners in the Greater West Catskills area (primarily Delaware, Schoharie, and Otsego counties) create postings and make connections. Reach out to Rhiannon - for assistance.

Lease Review for Farmers

Though “handshake agreements” are common arrangements for leased land in our area, these informal arrangements leave both parties at risk when unexpected problems arise. A formal written lease, reviewed by an attorney, can help both parties ensure they have shared expectations and goals. 


CADE is proud to refer clients in Delaware, Schoharie, and Otsego Counties to Pace University Food and Farm Business Law Clinic for FREE* 1:1 support with attorneys to review or create a lease for your farmland.  Their services are offered on a need basis to farmers based on a range of factors viewable on their website


Reach out to to hear more about working with Pace.


* Pace offers pro bono support to clients based on various criteria. You will be asked to self-verify your income to participate in this program. 

Speaker: Farm Commons 

December 13, 2022

12:00-1:15 PM

Virtual via Zoom


Leasing farmland is so commonplace that landowners, farmers, and ranchers may not think twice about the lease itself… until things go wrong. Prevent problems with a strong lease while building a path to a resilient future. This online workshop will help you understand what a lease should include and how to put it in writing. Get started with the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to create a strong document that works for your needs, whether you are a landowner, rancher, or farmer.



Land Leasing Basics

For Farmers

For Landowners

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