So you’ve made a promising connection on Oregon Farm Link, and now you’re planning to meet in person for a visit.
By doing some advance preparations, you can ensure the meeting goes smoothly. Take the time to lay the groundwork for a great relationship with your future land partner!
Think long and hard about your visions for the land, and come ready to discuss your hopes, needs, and, desires.
Some questions to consider:
What is your farm vision?
What is your anticipated impact on the land?
It’s possible that the land holder may not be accustomed to working with farmers. Be prepared to explain all of the aspects of your farm business.
Consider in advance what types of uses are you comfortable with:
Ask lots of questions to ensure you have a good idea of the land seeker’s plans:
It can be a great idea for both land seekers & land holders to ask for references.
Most importantly, trust your gut. Searching for the perfect land (or a land partner) can be a long process. If anything doesn’t feel right about the the arrangement, walking away could be the best choice for you. With persistence and dedication, you will find something that is the perfect fit!
Photos by Beth Satterwhite