Linking Oregon Farms and Farmers: A Technical Assistance Pilot Project

Attention Land seekers and Land holders! Oregon Farm Link and the Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN) are seeking individuals to participate in a pilot program providing technical assistance with farmland transition. We are seeking individuals on both ends of the spectrum – beginning farmers looking for farmland and farmland owners looking for folks to farm their land.

Purpose: Oregon Farm Link and the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers working group of OCFSN has identified a need for technical assistance around land transition. The purpose of the pilot program is to better understand the type and amount of technical assistance required when farmland changes hands. There is no better way to do this than to test it out, in real time, with real farmers. That’s where YOU come in!

What you can expect from us: Chosen participants will have the opportunity to receive direct assistance with obtaining suitable farmland or finding a suitable farmer for their land. The goal for these selected participants is to make a land match. Services will be provided free of charge and include technical assistance on all aspects of farmland transition, from help selecting the right land, the right new farmer, securing financing, writing a lease or with the legal aspects around securing financing for the farm purchase.

What we expect from you: In exchange, we expect a commitment from participants to see the program through, to actively engage in the process, to communicate openly and frequently with us, and to provide us with honest and helpful feedback about what is working well and what could be improved. We expect participants to be fully committed to the goal of finding a match. Also, participants will be required to have a listing on Oregon Farm Link.

Selection criteria:

Land Seekers: Applicants should have at least one year of on-farm experience, and two or more years is preferred. Experience on an incubator farm or in other on-farm training program is a plus. Applicants should have a solid vision for their farm, and should be prepared to lease or own farmland within the next year. Having a written business plan is a plus.

Land Holders: Applicants should have viable farmland (e.g. good soil, water rights) and be ready to lease or transition ownership of their land within the next year. Applicants should have a strong interest in supporting the next generation of farmers.

The timeline: Application period will run through July 2019, with participants selected by the end of August. The program will begin in September and last approximately one year, but that could shift depending on whether there is a land match made sooner or later.

To apply: Fill out the application online below.  For questions or help filling out the application please contact Natalie at farmlink@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org. Application deadline is July 31, 2019.

We encourage individuals from traditionally underserved communities to apply and will ensure they have a fair and welcoming experience. We seek to create opportunities for BIPOC individuals.