Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse

Are you a beginning farmer looking to rent or purchase farmland in the Midwest? Or are you an established farmer/landowner in the Midwest who is seeking a beginning farmer to purchase or rent your land, or to work with in a partnership situation?

The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program has simple application forms available for people seeking farmland or farmers. (You can find the forms to the left).

Once the form is filled out, the information can be circulated by LSP via the Land Stewardship Letter, LIVE-WIRE and through our various networks. To obtain a form and for more information, e-mail LSP’s Dori Eder at dori@landstewardshipproject.org or call 612-578-4497.

Listings included on this web page will be removed after 90 days. If you would like the listing to be renewed after 90 days, please e-mail Brian DeVore at bdevore@landstewardshipproject.org.

Here are the latest Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse listings:

Organic Farm for Rent: Northeastern Iowa

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust has for rent a 70-acre certified organic farm in northeastern Iowa (near Deborah). It consists of 19 tillable acres, 19 pasture acres and 20 forest acres. The land is fenced for sheep; an additional 100 acres of CRP land borders the property. There is a four-bedroom, 1906-era house with recent additions. A solar array provides 60 percent of the farm's utility needs. Heating and cooling is provided via a geothermal system. There is good wireless internet access from a tower near Calmar, Iowa. The hilltop farmstead consists of a large pole barn plus attachment, machinery storage pole shed, two grain bins, and two outbuildings that have seen better days as hog and chicken barns, with one having potential for repurposing. The asking price is $12,800-$13,800. More information is available here. Contact: Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, e-mail. (Added 12/15/17)

Farmland for Rent: Minnesota

Azher Mahdi has for rent 60 acres of farmland in Minnesota. It consists of 20 tillable acres, 20 pasture acres and 20 forest acres. The land is fenced and there is water and electricity, along with a house. Contact: Azher Mahdi, e-mail. (Added 12/15/17)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Minnesota

John Soderstrom has for sale 120 acres of farmland in northeastern Minnesota's Pine County (near Pine City). The land includes 30 pasture acres, 76 tillable acres and 10 forest acres. There is a 30-stall, two-story dairy barn, three pole sheds, a garage, a well house and a farm house. There is new fencing around the perimeter of the farm, along with cross fencing and cattle waterers. The asking price is $550,000. Contact: John Soderstrom, 320-515-0047, e-mail. (Added 12/14/17)

Seeking Farmer: Central Minnesota

Camphill Village Minnesota (CVM) is seeking a garden manager and other land workers to live and work on its farm near the central Minnesota community of Sauk Centre. CVM is an eco-village of about 50 community members, including adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. In this community, people live and work together on a biodynamic farm and in other enterprises. The farm has dairy and beef cows, pigs, chickens, 2 acres of organically-grown vegetable gardens, and fruit orchards. It is more important that applicant resonates with the values of the farm and community than have prior farming skills. More information on CVM is available here. Housing is available. Contact: Lindsey Flicker, 507-259-6368, e-mail. (Added 12/13/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Twin Cities Region

Timothy Standaert is seeking to purchase a quarter-acre to 2 acres of tillable farmland in the Twin Cities, Minn., region (Dakota or Scott County). Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Access to water is also preferred. No house is required. Contact: Timothy Standaert, 651-230-5891, e-mail. (Added 12/12/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Midwest

Kristopher Paul Wise is seeking to purchase farmland in the Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Illinois). Land with a house is preferred. Contact: Kristopher Paul Wise, 509-951-8852, e-mail. (Added 12/12/17)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Kristopher Paul Wise is seeking farm work experience. He has some farming and gardening experience, as well as construction and truck driving experience. He would be interested in working on a farm where the owner can teach him skills and is interested in eventually transitioning ownership. He would be interested in a profit-sharing arrangement. Contact: Kristopher Paul Wise, 509-951-8852, e-mail. (Added 12/12/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Jacquie Redlin is seeking to purchase 10-20 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that includes 2 acres tillable, 5 acres pasture and 2 acres forest is preferred. A house and outbuildings such as a barn and hoop house are also preferred. Contact: Jacquie Redlin, 612-558-7948, e-mail. (Added 12/8/17).

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Pamala Narczewski is seeking to purchase farmland in Wisconsin. Contact: 331-588-1568, e-mail. (Added 12/8/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa

Ron DeVries is seeking to rent 800 tillable acres of farmland in Iowa. No house is required. Contact: 712-370-0138, e-mail. (Added 12/8/17)

Farmland for Sale: Eastern Minnesota

Andrew Novak has for sale 80 acres of farmland in eastern Minnesota's Pine County (near Pine City). It consists of 35 pasture acres and 40 forest acres and it has not been sprayed in four years. There is two- and three-wire electric fence around the pasture; water lines run to each paddock. The pasture could be tilled if fencing is removed. There is a lean-to and pole barn that is half-heated, with an office. There is a 5,200-square-foot house, and it sits on a dead end road. The asking price is $600,000. Contact: Andrew Novak, 612-723-2773, e-mail. (Added 12/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Michigan

Natasha Toner is seeking to purchase 2-50 acres of farmland in Michigan. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has forested acres and outbuildings is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Natasha Toner, 989-329-8747. (Added 12/5/17)

Pasture Farm for Sale or Rent: East-Central Minnesota

Jack McCann has for sale or rent an operating 23-acre pasture-based livestock farm in east-central Minnesota's Wright County (30 minutes west of the Twin Cities, near Montrose). The land is certifiable organic and includes an option of continuing farming for TC Farm with guaranteed sales. TC Farm is one of the largest CSAs in the state and supports a number of local small farms. All equipment needed for a livestock operation is also an option as part of the sales or rental agreement. There is a 55 x 60 pole barn with stalls, electricity and water. The 3,000 square-foot house was built in 2001. Space to add vegetable production is available. There is an additional 60 acres available for rent nearby, if desired. Pricing, photos and more information on the property are available here. The asking price is $500,000 or a comparable rental fee. Contact: Jack McCann, 612-217-1770, e-mail. (Added 12/1/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Illinois

Mark Hein is seeking to purchase 100-150 acres of tillable farmland in Illinois. Land with a machine shed is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Mark Hein, 773-842-0559, e-mail. (Added 12/1/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Southeastern Michigan

Emily Dryzga is seeking to purchase 20-30 acres of farmland in southeastern Michigan (within a 30-minute drive of Ann Arbor). Land with timber and water is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Emily Dryzga, 989-397-3616, e-mail. (Added 11/30/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska

Michelle Kaup is seeking to rent farmland in Nebraska. Land with pasture and a house is preferred. Contact: Michelle Kaup, 308-383-9625. (Added 11/30/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Illinois

Andy Noe is seeking to purchase 35+ acres of tillable land in northern Illinois, near Peoria. No house is required. Contact: Andy Noe, 309-275-3773, e-mail. (Added 11/28/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Tim Snetting is seeking to purchase 80 acres or more of tillable farmland in Wisconsin. Land with outbuildings for livestock and a house is preferred. Contact: Tim Snetting, 612-578-1176, e-mail. (Added 11/26/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minn., Wis., S. Dak., N. Dak

Maria Dezotell is seeking to purchase 100 acres of farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota or North Dakota. Land with 20 tillable acres, 30 pasture acres and 30 forest acres is preferred. Land with water, electricity and sewer is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Maria Dezotell, 530-218-3957, e-mail. (Added 11/26/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Dawnah Winfield is seeking to purchase 40 or more acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 10-20 tillable acres, 10-20 pasture acres and 5-10 forest acres is preferred. Land with a barn, utility sheds, a house and water is preferred. Contact: Dawnah Winfield, 530-713-7044, e-mail. (Added 11/26/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Nebraska

Sarah Lancaster is seeking to purchase 25-100 acres of farmland in Nebraska. Land wth 5-15 tillable acres, 10-20 pasture acres and 5-15 forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has water and fencing is also preferred; no house is required. Contact: Sarah Lancaster, 770-775-3942, e-mail. (Added 11/24/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Ohio

Ben Baltzly is seeking to purchase tillable farmland in Ohio; no house is required. Contact: Ben Baltzly, 520-858-9372, e-mail. (Added 11/24/17)

Organic Farmland for Rent: Southern Minnesota

Therese Manggaard has for rent 150 tillable certified organic acres in southern Minnesota's Mower County (near Sargeant). The land was previously planted to oats, corn and vegetables. Manggaard would consider splitting the land for vegetable businesses. No house is available. Contact: Therese Manggaard, 507-440-4391, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Organic Farm for Sale or Rent: West-Central Minnesota

Gary Brever has for sale or rent a 160-acre certified organic farm in west-central Minnesota's Douglas County (near Alexandria). There are 25 tillable acres and 30 pasture acres. The soil is fertile and irrigation lines run throughout all the fields. There is a barn, cabin and processing kitchen, as well as a three-bedroom house. The sale price is $485,000; the rental fee is $1,800 per month, which includes the house. The farm is available in May. Contact: Gary Brever, 320-304-0918, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Roberto Beltran is seeking to purchase 2-15 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 5-10 tillable acres and 1-2 pasture acres is preferred. Land that has water and has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Contact: Roberto Beltran, 507-461-2174, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Kevin Campbell is seeking to purchase 5+ tillable acres of farmland in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Land with water and electricity is preferred. Contact: Kevin Campbell, 754-244-7960, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Peter Kastler has for rent 5+ tillable acres in Washington County near Minnesota's Twin Cities (near Lake Elmo). There are 5 transitional acres ready for lease, possibly more. The land has not been sprayed for two seasons. There is access to water, and potentially buildings, depending on need. The price range is $150-$200 per acre. Contact: Pater Kastler, 612-382-9385, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Indiana

Shawn Speidel is seeking to purchase 5 tillable acres of farmland in Indiana for a market garden. Land that has not been exposed to a lot of chemicals and that has good drainage and sun exposure is preferred. Outbuildings that can house a wash station and cooler are preferred. Contact: Shawn Speidel, 719-377-1740, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Indiana

Kelly Hake is seeking to purchase 5 acres of farmland in Indiana. No house is required. Contact: Kelly Hake, 260-403-3108, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Farmland for Rent: South-Central Michigan

Laura Fair has for rent 30 acres of farmland in south-central Michigan's Eaton County. There are 5 tillable acres, 10 pasture acres and 20 forest acres. The land has not been sprayed for several years and 4 acres are fenced, with a winterized water system on 1 acre. There is a house, two-bedroom apartment, a garage and a small attached barn. Contact: Laura Fair, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Ohio

Francisco Molina is seeking to purchase 5+ acres of farmland in Ohio. Land that has 3+ tillable acres, 2 pasture acres and 1+ forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Francisco Molina, 216-386-4004. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa

Siraj Thomason is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Iowa. No house is required. Contact: Siraj Thomason, 641-660-2059, e-mail. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

William Scully is seeking farm work experience in the Minnesota region. He has a degree in environmental studies from the University of St. Thomas and has done an urban agriculture/aquaponics internship with Spark-y, as well as an internship with Mississippi Mushrooms. Scully also volunteers at Lily Springs Farm in Osceola, Wis. He is interested in learning about business planning and mushroom cultivation, and would like to have an opportunity to use his video production and communication skills. Contact: William Scully, e-mail, 612-865-5623. (Added 11/22/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Western Wis.; Eastern Minn.

Bonnie Warndahl is seeking to purchase 20-60 acres of farmland in western Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota (must be within 70 minutes of Maplewood, Minn.). Land that has 5+/- pastured acres, 20 +/- forested acres and 2-5 tillable acres is preferred. A house is necessary. A barn/pole building, shed, hoop house or high tunnel is preferred, but not necessary. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Land with a pond or creek would be a bonus. Owner financing or willingness to work with the USDA Farm Service Agency is preferred. Contact: Bonnie Warndahl, 612-462-9311, e-mail. (Added 11/7/17)

Seeking Farmer: Western Wisconsin

Winnowburrow Farm in western Wisconsin (north of Menomonie) is seeking a beginning farmer who is interested in gaining experience as a produce manager. Winnowburrow's production is focused on rare and endangered heirlooms, and a major component of its enterprise is seed-saving. The farm markets through a CSA as well as a farm stand. The owners are seeking someone who can help expand vegetable production; this is a good opportunity to gain farm management experience to qualify for Farm Service Agency financing. Applicants must have a minimum of at least three years of experience in all aspects of growing produce on a working farm. They must commit to working at least three days per week on the farm, help make CSA deliveries and help operate the market/farm stand one day per week. The pay is a percentage, based on experience. Rustic housing is available. Contact: Bonnie Warndahl, 612-462-9311, e-mail. (Added 11/7/17)

Seeking Farmer: Southern Minnesota

Terry Cunningham is seeking a farmer to join his 109-acre operation in southern Minnesota's Freeborn County (near Twin Lakes). The operation is a certified organic grain and hay farm. Cunningham is looking for higher value crop use for about 10 acres of slopes in permanent hay. He is seeking someone with knowledge of in-demand medicinal or dried herb crops to grow and market. The most prevalent annual weeds are pigweed, lambs quarter and some velvet leaf. Drip irrigation is a possibility for 4-6 acres of slope; aged cow manure and four-row, 30-inch conventional 70s through mid-90s equipment is available. A Lely Roterra harrow is also available. No housing is available. Contact: Terry Cunningham, 507-852-3465, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Ray Wilcox is seeking to rent 400+ acres of tillable farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Ray Wilcox, 541-240-9288, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Northern Ill., Southern Wis.

Timothy Clothier is seeking to purchase tillable farmland in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin. Contact: 608-295-4641, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Farmland for Rent: Minnesota

Mao Kue has for rent 5-10 acres of farmland in Minnesota. There are 5 acres of pasture and 5 tillable acres. The price range is $100 to $300. Contact: Mao Kue, 651-410-8539, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Ohio

Theron Ellis is seeking to purchase 30 tillable acres of farmland in Ohio. Land with a well for water is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Theron Ellis, 937-242-2814, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Alex Ott is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Illinois. No house is required. Contact: Alex Ott, 309-397-9500, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Ohio

Andy Weyenberg is seeking farm work experience in Ohio. Weyenberg has container and backyard gardening experience, and is particularly interested in getting more experience with wholesale vegetable production. Contact: Andy Weyenberg, 330-998-4955, e-mail. (Added 11/6/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: North Dakota, Tennessee

Hannah Anders is seeking to purchase 5 acres of tillable farmland in North Dakota or Tennessee. A house is required. Contact: Hannah Anders, 615-430-9533. (Added 11/3/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Central Indiana

Tim Haynes is seeking to purchase .5 to 1 acre of tillable farmland in central Indiana (near Indianapolis). Haynes would like to grow using organic methods; a small shed for tools is preferred. Contact: Tim Haynes, 260-515-7532, e-mail. (Added 11/3/17)

Farmland for Rent: Southern Ohio

James Orr has for rent 300 acres of tillable farmland in southern Ohio's Highland County (near Greenfield). The land has been in pasture and has not been sprayed for 20 years; it is eligible to be certified organic. The rental price is $200 per are. Contact: James Orr, 937-981-7666, e-mail. (Added 11/3/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: South-Central Illinois

Eric Luebbers is seeking to rent 500 tillable acres of farmland in south-central Illinois. No house is required. Contact: Eric Luebbers, 217-663-7607, e-mail. (Added 11/3/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Southeastern Iowa

Luke Mclaughlin is seeking to rent tillable farmland in the southeastern Iowa region. No house is required. Contact: Luke Mclaughlin, 319-759-5016, e-mail. (Added 11/3/17)

Farmland for Rent: Southwestern Michigan

Josh Terpstra has for rent 30-70 tillable acres of farmland in southwestern Michigan (near Kalamazoo). The land is currently conventionally farmed, but Terpstra would like to see it transitioned to organic vegetable production. No house is available; one outbuilding may be available. Contact: Josh Terpstra, e-mail. (Added 10/19/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Northeastern Iowa

AJ Friedges is seeking to rent 10-50 pastured acres and 10-250 tillable acres of farmland in northeastern Iowa. No house is required. Contact: AJ Friedges, 507-459-2185. (Added 10/19/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin, Illinois

Geoffrey Morris is seeking to purchase 500 tillable acres in Wisconsin or Illinois. No house is required. Contact: Geoffrey Morris, e-mail. (Added 10/19/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: North-Central Iowa

Grant Stein is seeking to purchase tillable farmland in north-central Iowa's Wright or Hamilton County. Contact: Grant Stein, 319-430-2566. (Added 10/19/17)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Wisconsin

David Jones has for sale 40 acres of farmland in northeastern Wisconsin's Door County (near Sturgeon Bay). There are 15 tillable acres, 10 pastured acres and 5 forested acres. There is a 2,300-square-foot pvc tunnel, a house and an attached 24 x 28 garage with an 11-foot ceiling. There is a deep well and new woven-wire fencing. The asking price is $230,000. Contact: David Jones, e-mail. (Added 10/12/17)

Farmland for Rent: South-Central Indiana

Leslie Sommer has for rent 4.5 acres of farmland in south-central Indiana's Monroe County. There are 2.5 tillable acres and 2 pastured acres. There is also a shed, a chicken coop, a 32 x 75 high tunnel and potential access to a barn. No house is available. There is water and electricity. The renter must use natural/organic farming practices. The rental is $200 per month. Contact: Leslie Sommer, 812-320-6652, e-mail. (Added 10/12/17)

Seeking Farmwork Experience: Minnesota

Eric Reller of Hopkins, Minn., is seeking weekend work/apprenticeship to gain experience in livestock management (rotational grazing) or vineyard/orchard production. He is also seeking experience with on-farm milk/cheese processing and marketing. He will work full-time for the right opportunity. Reller is a graduate of the University of Vermont Farmer Training Program. The farm must be within daily driving distance of Hopkins. Contact: Eric Reller, e-mail, 612-404-1150. (Added 10/11/17)

Farmland for Rent: Southeastern Minnesota

Christie Nicklay has for rent 84.3 tillable acres of farmland in southeastern Minnesota's Houston County (near Caledonia). The land has not been sprayed for several years and all fields have full sun. It was farmed organically for 25 years (1992-2017), and was in CRP from 1985 to 1992. The rental rate is $200-$250; a 5-year minimum contract. Contact: Christie Nicklay, 507-450-0496, e-mail. (Added 10/9/17)

Farmland for Sale: Southeastern South Dakota

Sam Heikes has for sale 3-5 tillable acres of farmland in southeastern South Dakota's Clay County. It was a working CSA business for six years and it is adjacent to Vermillion. There are two greenhouses, a walk-in cooler, a retail sales area and customer parking. There is a new well and a full line of equipment is available: four-row planter, two tractors, a 12-foot disc, a field cultivator, two six-foot mowers and a six-foot chisel plow. The asking price is $230,000. Contact: Sam Heikes, 605-222-3949, e-mail. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmer: Southeastern Minnesota

Sarah Wexler-Mann is seeking a farmer to join her operation in southeastern Minnesota's Houston County, beginning in March. The farm produces vegetables, flowers and hops. More information on the farm is at www.sweet16farm.com. She is currently farming 2 acres, with room to expand. The land has not been sprayed for several years. Wexler-Mann is expanding her gardens in 2018 and is seeking full-time or part-time help. Farm experience is appreciated, but a passion for farming also helps. Responsibilities include everything from greenhouse work to field prep/plants, as well as high tunnel management, harvesting, bouquet design and helping out at annual farm events. The rate of pay is yet to be determined; no house is available. Contact: Sarah Wexler-Mann, 507-864-2260, e-mail. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Southeastern Michigan

Leslie Kucinskas is seeking to purchase 10-40 tillable acres if farmland in southeastern Michigan. Land with 5+ acres of pasture, 3+ tillable acres, and 2+ forested acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Outbuildings are not necessary, but would be used. Contact: Leslie Kucinskas, 734-255-8000. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Northwestern Illinois

Brandon Heller is seeking to rent 200 tillable acres in northwestern Illinois (Jo Daviess or Stephenson County). Not house is required. Contact: Brandon Heller, 815-238-4937, e-mail. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska

Derick Frederick is seeking to rent 160-320 tillable acres of farmland in Nebraska. Land with at least 40 acres of pasture is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Derick Frederick, 402-360-2491, e-mail. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Ohio

Mathew Poettker is seeking to purchase 25 acres of farmland in Ohio. Land with 15 acres pasture, 5 acres tillable and 5 acres forest is preferred. Two outbuildings are preferred; no house is required. Contact: Mathew Poettker, e-mail, 937-515-1787. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa

Deandre Harvey is seeking to rent 500 acres of tillable farmland in Iowa. No house is required. Contact: Deandre Harvey, 515-269-0666. (Added 10/9/17)

Seeking Farmwork Experience

Kelsey Brinker of Westminster, Colo., is seeking experience on an organic farm. Brinker is particularly interested in wholesale vegetable production. Contact: Kelsey Brinker, e-mail, 816-668-5221. (Added 10/9/17)

Organic Farm for Sale: Twin Cities Region

Sam Kedem has for sale a 28-acre certified organic farm in Minnesota's Dakota County, south of the Twin Cities. There are 10 tillable acres and 2 forested acres. There are five greenhouses, a barn, an on-farm store and a house. The property has a well and is close to Highways 61 and 52. The asking price is $400,000 or best offer. Contact: Sam Kedem, 651-437-7516, e-mail. (Added 10/2/17)