To address land-access challenges for farmers, the Foodshed Alliance worked with American Farmland Trust to bring together a network of 15 professionals, who work actively with farmers to access land and successfully transfer farmland to the next generation, to participate in the Farmland Advisors New Jersey program.

Learn more about the Farmland Advisers New Jersey participants.

New farmers face substantial barriers in New Jersey, especially when it comes to finding land. New Jersey has the second highest farmland prices in the nation, making it difficult for beginning farmers to find suitable land at a price they can afford. And, opportunities to lease appropriate farmland can often be difficult to find.

Farm transfers within or outside a family can also be complicated due to family, business, legal, and tax hurdles. During this transition, farms can be at high risk of being lost to real estate development.

To address these changes, the Foodshed Alliance worked with American Farmland Trust to bring together a network of 15 professionals, who work actively with farmers to access land and successfully transfer farmland to the next generation, to participate in the multi-year Farmland Advisors New Jersey program.

The Farmland Advisors New Jersey group has just completed a year of training to help farmers in:

  • Personal and business goal-setting
  • Assessing financial readiness
  • Understanding land tenure options
  • Finding available farmland
  • Assessing farm property suitability
  • Farm leasing and purchasing farmland
  • Participating in farm succession planning

The group is in the process of developing an outreach plan in order to service the community effectively. For information, contact kendrya@foodshedalliance.org.