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 Karen Stettler at stettler@landstewardshipproject.org or call 507-523-3366.

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:

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Nate Antwi is seeking to rent 1-3 tillable acres of farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Nate Antwi, 612-208-4164. (Added 7/13/20)

Seeking Farmer: Southwestern Wisconsin

Karen Hermsen has recently retired from grass-fed beef production and would like to find someone to start their own enterprise on her land in southwestern Wisconsin's Vernon County (near La Farge). There are 70 acres that have never been sprayed (about half woods, half rolling pasture, with a few tillable acres). There are year-round springs and a creek, with some fencing in place; good for rotational grazing. Rent/share/purchase/barter/partnership options possible for the right person, couple or family. Open to hearing your ideas. Prefer farmer with some experience with small-scale diversified operation or permaculture (beef, sheep, goats, poultry, vegetables, flowers, orchard, woodcrafts, etc.). Tractor, chainsaw, mechanical skills helpful. No smoking. Reference required. There is a two-bedroom, one-bath house available. Farm available Oct. 1. Contact: Karen Hermsen, 608-625-2904, e-mail. (Added 7/12/20)

Seeking Farmer: Southwestern Wisconsin

Frieda Synnestvedt is seeking someone to join a farming operation in southwestern Wisconsin's Lafayette County (near Blachardville). There are 100 acres. Synnestvedt has sheep and chickens, with plans to add more animals and grow produce, flowers, winter greens, and managed forest; interested in a parmaculture approach and adding a greenhouse, but not committed to one vision; there are agritourism opportunities. The land has not been sprayed. The property has lots of potential, but needs work to get there. Pay depends on how relationship is established. No housing is available. Contact: Frieda Synnestvedt, e-mail. (Added 7/12/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Eric Berge is seeking to purchase at least 5 acres of tillable farmland in Minnesota or Wisconsin. No house is necessary, but he would consider property that has one. Water and electricity would be nice, but are not required. Contact: Eric Berge, 651-252-9661, e-mail. (Added 6/29/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

George Walker is seeking to purchase 80+/- acres of farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: George Walker, 715-821-6775, e-mail. (Added 6/29/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Iowa

Len Thompson is seeking to purchase .5 to 5 acres of farmland in Iowa. No house is required. Contact: Len Thompson, 281-995-9691, e-mail. (Added 6/25/20)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Illinois

Justin Giuliano is seeking farm work experience in Illinois. Giuliano has experience with urban farming and spent a year working as a garden educator in the Chicago Public Schools and working on a small vegetable operation on the west side of Chicago. Giuliano has also worked with vermi-compost and other soil building practices; he also worked as a medical cannabis cultivator. Giuliano is particularly interested in gaining experience with wholesale vegetable production, livestock, beekeeping, and general machinery operation. Contact: Justin Giuliano, 727-324-8600, e-mail. (Added 6/25/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Aaron Curry is seeking to purchase a total of 6 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 3 pasture acres and 3 forest acres is preferred. Land with outbuildings and water is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Aaron Curry, 952-607-6953, e-mail. (Added 6/23/20)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Wisconsin, Minnesota

Josh Heinze is seeking farm work experience in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Heinze has experience with landscaping, gardening, irrigation, plumbing, running a skid steer loader and tractor, and working on and fixing machines. Heinze is particularly interested in gaining experience with grazing and wholesale vegetable production. Contact: Josh Henize, 715-214-7011, e-mail. (Added 6/23/20)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska, Illinois

Wesley Lowry is seeking to rent 500-1,000 acres of farmland in Nebraska or Illinois. Land with a house and outbuildings to store equipment in is preferred. Contact: Wesley Lowry, 662-750-8927. (Added 6/23/20)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Valerie Haugen has for rent 10 acres of farmland in Minnesota's Scott County (near Lakeville), near the Twin Cities. The land consists of 5-7 tillable acres and 2 pasture acres. There is fencing, water, a house, a big new pole barn, a barn with a loft, and a three-sided lean-to. The land has not been sprayed for several years. The farm would be available in December and the rental price is negotiable. Contact: Brandon, 651-414-1301, e-mail. (Added 6/17/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Twin Cities Region

Peter Yang is seeking to purchase 1-2 acres of farmland within 30-40 minutes of Saint Paul, Minn. He is looking for land to keep chickens on and to grow vegetables on. Land with one acre pasture and one acre tillable is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Peter Yang, 651-925-9700, e-mail. (Added 6/15/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Caitlyn Bell is seeking to purchase 25+ acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 5+ tillable, 10+ pasture, and 10+ forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has road access, water/well, and a septic is a plus. No house is required. Contact: Caitlyn Bell, 608-201-3377, e-mail. (Added 6/12/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Colorado

Dan Meihak is seeking to purchase 100+ acres of farmland in Colorado. Land with 50+ pasture and 50+ tillable acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Dan Meihak, 641-638-4741, e-mail. (Added 6/12//20)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Illinois

Risha and Alan Fennell have for sale 20-35 acres of farmland in northwestern Illinois's Whiteside County (120 miles west of Chicago near the Iowa and Wisconsin borders). The land has been under organic management for over 10 years. There are three to four fields; it is partially fenced with a waterway through one field. The outbuildings are negotiable. There is a young forest/pasture and treel-ines around the entire property. There is no house available. The asking price is $200,000 to $350,000. Contact: Risha and Alan Fennell, 815-721-0100, 815-721-5483, e-mail. (Added 6/8/20)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Illinois

Risha and Alan Fennell have for sale 49 acres of farmland in Sterling in northwestern Illinois (near the Iowa and Wisconsin borders). There are 25 tillable acres and 20 pasture acres, as well as a Morton building with dirt floor, old corn crib with water and electric, and a cement pad with water and electric connections. There are tree-lines surrounding three fields that can be tilled or pastured. There is also a four-bedroom, 1860s-era brick house. The land has not been sprayed for several years. There is a well, septic, electric, and Internet. The asking price is $380,000. Contact: Risha and Alan Fennell, 815-721-0100, 815-721-5483, e-mail. (Added 6/8/20)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Illinois

Risha and Alan Fennell have for sale 8 acres of farmland in northwestern Illinois's Whiteside County (120 miles west of Chicago near the Iowa and Wisconsin borders). There are 5 tillable acres and 2 pasture acres. The land has been under organic management for six years. There is a house and a large wooden barn, as well as a disused cement silo without top and shelters. There is fencing (current renters have sheep and poultry), and a well and septic. Contact: Risha and Alan Fennell, 815-721-0100, 815-721-5483, e-mail. (Added 6/8/20)

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

Laura Kinser is seeking to purchase 8-20 acres of farmland in the northern Illinois-southern Wisconsin border area. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; a house is required. Contact: Laura Kinser, e-mail. (Added 5/26/20)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Ed Lysne has for rent up to 5 acres of farmland in Minnesota's Rice County south of the Twin Cities. The land has not been sprayed for several years and it has up to 5 acres tillable. There is a house and small garage; currently there is a high tunnel but it will be removed unless needed. There is a very large lawn with many trees, gardens, and shrubs—including rhubarb and coneflowers. Sugar maples are available to tap. There is a prairie forest and wetland on-site, and it has supported a few pigs, chickens, hemp, and produce over the past four years — all organically grown. The lease is somewhat negotiable. Contact: Ed Lysne, 612-790-7873, e-mail. (Added 5/21/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Seth Alsbury is seeking to purchase farmland in Wisconsin. No house is required. Contact: Seth Alsbury, 310-567-9723, e-mail. (Added 5/19/20)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Wisconsin

Dacia James is seeking farm work experience in Wisconsin. James has very little agricultural experience and is particularly interested in learning about wholesale vegetable production. James is looking for whatever experience needed to get started, and ideally would like to be connected with someone who would provide training on their land with the goal of possibly taking over the operation. Contact: Dacia James, 765-585-4496, e-mail. (Added 5/20/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Iowa

Kalani Storey is seeking to purchase 10+ acres of farmland in Iowa. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has a house is preferred. Storey is seeking enough tillable land to grow for personal use and to sell to the community; room for smaller livestock needed. Timbered land or land that is adjacent to a park or preserve is preferred. Contact: Kalani Storey, 760-532-7777, e-mail. (Added 5/14/20)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Michigan

Sarah Armstrong is seeking 1-20 acres+ of farmland to rent in Michigan. Land with forest is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Sarah Armstrong, 708-925-7975, e-mail. (Added 5/14/20)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Meredith Gear is seeking work/internship experience on a farming operation in the Minnesota area. Gear has 10 years of home vegetable and flower gardening experience. Gear is open to working on all types of farm operations as long as it doesn't involve animal cruelty, industrial pesticides, or topsoil degradation. Gear is particularly interested in getting experience with wholesale vegetable production, as well as fruit farming/marketing. There must be affordable housing nearby or on the farm itself for herself, her husband, and their 11-year-old son. She is willing to pay rent or work in exchange for the housing. Gear is hoping to negotiate hours/tasks and compensation. Contact: Meredith Gear, e-mail, 651-494-4740. (Added 5/14/20)

Farmland for Sale: Western Wisconsin

Gordon Simon has for sale 5 to 53 acres of farmland in western Wisconsin's Chippewa County (near Chippewa Falls). There is a total of 40 tillable acres. There is a 52 x 120 Bauman pole building with a 32 x 52 x 14 shop that is heated, insulated, and wired 220. There is a 52 x 88 indoor riding arena with improved footing; could have concrete poured. There is an historic T-barn with newer foundation and double floor haymow above in good condition and a good steel roof. There are four horse stalls with run-in area. There are 4 acres fenced paddock and pasture, ponds, windmill, timothy alfalfa fields, good well, electric, and electrical outage transfer system. There are 3.5 miles of trails available on the whole 200-acre farm and 12 miles of trails in the state park 1.5 miles away. Approximated 15 acres has not been sprayed and has only had lime and manure applied for the past 20 years. There is no house available. The price is $185,000 for 5 acres and buildings, with $5,000 per acre for additional land. Contact: Gordon Simon, 715-828-4698, e-mail. (Added 5/11/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Michigan

David Sherwood is seeking to purchase 500 acres of tillable farmland in Michigan. Contact: David Sherwood, 517-315-6900, e-mail. (Added 5/11/20)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Twin Cities Region

Alejandra Sanchez is seeking to rent 10 acres of farmland within one hour of Minnesota's Twin Cities to graze a small flock of sheep and to keep angora rabbits on. Land with 5 pasture acres and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has a house is preferred. The lease can be temporary up to one year or lead to a purchase. Contact: Alejandra Sanchez, 510-504-5721, e-mail. (Added 5/7/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Illinois

Karen Castillo is seeking to purchase up to 50 acres of farmland in Illinois. Land with 50 acres pasture and 2 acres forest is preferred. Land with water and utilities is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Karen Castillo, 773-517-4994, e-mail. (Added 5/7/20)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Kody Heideman is seeking to rent 80-320 acres of tillable farmland in Minnesota. Contact: 507-227-8909, e-mail. (Added 5/6/20)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Levana Little is seeking to rent 1-3 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with pasture acres and forest acres is preferred. Little is seeking a place to house a small number of sheep temporarily (one year or less). Little would like a place to put up a small pop-up camper on the property (not a necessity). Land with fencing for small livestock and a water supply is preferred. Land with a shed is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Levana Little, 612-393-7249, e-mail. (Added 5/6/20)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Kahlyn Keilty-Lucas is seeking to purchase 5 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 2 tillable acres, 1 pasture acre, and 1 forest acre, and that has not been sprayed for several years, is preferred. Keilty-Lucas would like land that does not have conventional monoculture agriculture within an eight-mile radius for optimal establishment of a therapeutic apiary site. Water access, electricity, a barn, and a house on the site are preferred. Contact: 612-987-1038, e-mail. (Added 5/6/20)

Seeking Farmer: Southeastern Minnesota

RedHeart RedHeart is seeking a summer shepherd (age 16+) to manage a small flock of 15 lambs on the grassy pastures (unmowed rough areas between the fairways) of the Gopher Hills Golf Course near Miesville in southeastern Minnesota. There is free on-site housing, and additional 20-30 hours per week of work is available (mowing grass, food service at the on-site event center). Details are available here. Contact: RedHeart RedHeart, 952-250-8299. (5/6/20)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Narah Larson is seeking farm work experience within 30 miles of Saint Paul, Minn. Larson has no farm work experience, but has worked in gardens and has a solid academic understanding of plants and animals. Larson has a preference for working with plants or animals, as long as it does not involve operating heavy machinery. The ideal situation would be on-the-job training but would require little supervision. Larson can start fulltime in June and is particularly interested in learning about fencing. Contact: Narah Larson, e-mail, 612-618-2855. (Added 5/6/20)