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 Farmer: Northern Illinois

Nina Langoussis is seeking a farmer to join her operation in northern Illinois's Winnebago County. The 113-acre farm is managing and restoring oak savanna habitat, native prairie, mixed pastures, and hayfields with the help of Nubian dairy goats and other foraging animals (pasture-based chickens and cattle would work on this farm). The farm has not been sprayed and it is eligible for organic and humane certifications. The farm would be good for producing meat or cheese on grass. The farm partner could bring their own animals, or ideas for a value-added partnership and transition of what enterprises that are already present. The partner must have some farming experience, skills, or equity to contribute to the farm; Langoussis would prefer a Farm Beginnings graduate. Housing is available and cash rent or shares of value-added products could be arranged. Contact: Nina Langoussis, 815-629-2779, e-mail. (Added 12/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Kody Heideman is seeking to purchase 640 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 10 acres of pasture and 10 acres of forest is preferred. Land with a house and outbuildings such as a machine shed is preferred. Contact: Kody Heideman, 507-227-8909, e-mail. (Added 12/3/19)

Seeking Farmer: Northern Minnesota

Jack Judkins is seeking a farmer to join his vegetable operation in Beltrami County in northern Minnesota (near Bemidji). Judkins raises vegetables on 10 acres. There is a 26 x 96 high tunnel, along with irrigation and tillage equipment. Judkins has a value-added business that produces and sells pickled vegetables in the Bemidji area. The land has not been sprayed for several years. Judkins is seeking a farmer to partner with him and to eventually take over the operation. He is willing to build a small house to accommodate an individual/small family. The pay is negotiable. Contact: Jack Judkins, 219-333-3552, e-mail. (Added 12/1/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Patrick Hager is seeking to purchase 20-40 acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Land with 10-20 tillable acres, 10-20 forest acres, along with pasture acres, is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. A well with high capacity and a septic system is preferred. More acres and outbuildings would be a bonus. No house is required. Contact: Patrick Hager, 920-422-1042, e-mail. (Added 11/22/19)

Seeking Farmer: Southwestern Wisconsin

Karen Hermsen is seeking a farmer to join her operation in southwestern Wisconsin's Vernon County (near La Farge). Hermsen recently retired from raising grass-fed beef, and would like to find someone to start their own enterprise on her land. The land consists of 70 acres and it has never been sprayed. Fencing is in place and there are year-round springs and a creek. There is a separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom house available. Hermsen is open to options related to rental, share, purchase, barter, or partnership to the right person, couple, or family. She would prefer a farmer with some experience in small-scale diversified farming or permaculture (beef, sheep, goats, poultry, vegetables, flowers, orchard, woodcrafts, etc.). Tractor, chainsaw, and mechanical skills would be helpful; no smoking. References required. Contact: Karen Hermsen, e-mail. (Added 11/22/19)

Seeking Farmland: Minnesota

Nathan Wrolson is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Minnesota; no house is required. Contact: Nathan Wrolson, 320-424-2764, e-mail. (Added 11/22/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska

Derek Billeter is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Nebraska; no house is required. Contact: Derek Billeter, 308-991-6615, e-mail. (Added 11/22/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin, Minnesota

Dusty Hinz is seeking to purchase 100 acres of farmland in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Land with 20-40 acres pasture, 20-40 acres tillable, and 10-25 acres forest is preferred. If it was conventionally farmed, that's not a deal breaker, but Hinz would prefer organic/chemical-free land. Hinz would eventually like to raise sheep, nut trees, and vegetable seeds. No house is required. Contact: Dusty Hinz, 612-834-7502, e-mail. (Added 11/18/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Central Minnesota

Barry Schlecht is seeking to rent up to 1,000 acres of tillable farmland in central Minnesota (Meeker, Wright, McLeod, or Stearns County). No house is required. Contact: Barry Schlecht, 360-518-6168, e-mail. (Added 11/18/19)

Farmland for Sale: Southwestern Minnesota

Judy and Steve Harder have for sale 20 acres of farmland in southwestern Minnesota's Cottonwood County (near Mountain Lake). Fifteen acres are tillable, and it has not been sprayed for 10 years. There are established asparagus, rhubarb, raspberry, gooseberry, currant, aronia berry, and hazelnut beds. Grazing of farm animals is permitted. Outbuildings include a farm market, restaurant, greenhouse, barn, two sheds, and two high tunnels. There is an in-ground watering system fed from two cisterns. A house is available. Contact: Judy or Steve Harder, 507-360-3293, e-mail. (Added 11/16/19)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Wisconsin

Karen Clindaniel has for sale 40 acres of farmland in northeastern Wisconsin's Door County. The land consists of 26 tillable acres, forest, and a house. It was previously certified organic, and it has been managed organically for 18 years. There are established asparagus beds and approximately 30 fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry, and plum). There is access to six Door County farmers' markets and multiple restaurants. There is high-speed Internet and the house has been newly remodeled. More information is here. Contact: Karen Clindaniel, e-mail. (Added 11/7/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minn., Wis., S. Dak., Iowa, Ill.

Samantha Hayden is seeking to rent farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa or Illinois. Land with pasture is preferred. Contact: Samantha Hayden, 651-398-7115, e-mail. (Added 11/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Bradley Peterson is seeking to rent 600 acres of tillable farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. He is willing to pay $200 to $300 per acre. Contact: Bradley Peterson, 507-626-4240, e-mail. (Added 11/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Randall Rote is seeking to rent 20-40 tillable acres of farmland in Illinois. Contact: Randall Rote, 563-249-3176, e-mail. (Added 11/1/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy

Forrest Heussner is seeking to purchase 1-5 tillable acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Land that has access to water and is not on a main road would be a plus. No house is required. Contact: Forrest Heussner, 920-479-4467, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Laura Dimler has for rent approximately 1 acre of farmland in the Twin Cities, Minn., region (near Norwood Young America in Carver County). There is tillable and forest land and it has not been sprayed for several years. There is a barn with a small hayloft, a three-bedroom house, and a well for irrigation. The rental price is $1,250 per month. Contact: Laura Dimler, 612-747-0319, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minn., Wis., S. Dak., Neb, N. Dak.

Brandee Howell is seeking to rent 500 acres of farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska or North Dakota (Kentucky would also be considered). Land with 200 pasture acres, 200 tillable acres, and 100 forest acres is preferred. Land with fencing, water, stockyard, shop, garage, barn, and a house is preferred. Contact: Brandee Howell, 406-778-2153, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Judy Bahar is seeking to rent 1-10 acres of farmland in Illinois (she would consider states in the South as well). Bahar would also accept donated land to open a nonprofit organization for foster and homeless sustainability. Land with water, fencing, and road access is preferred. A house is required (big enough for group housing would be ideal). Contact: Judy Bahar, 480-310-6662, 480-203-6176, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Barry Schlecht is seeking farm work experience in Minnesota. Schlecht is seeking an option to work for a farmer initially, with the possibility of buying the farm eventually. He has six years experience raising irrigated alfalfa, and is interested in learning more about farm tools/machinery, as well as crop farming in general. Contact: Barry Schlecht, 360-518-6168, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Tree Farmer

DCA Outdoor is seeking a farmer who will be responsible for tree production on an 800+ acre operation in Oregon (they are willing to help relocate the farmer). They are seeking someone who is a strong leader and has a background in container, liner, and tree production management. The operation has bareroot shade, flowering and fruit trees, as well as evergreen shrubs, trees, and specialty crops. More information on the position is available here. Contact: Sonia Sanchez, 816-215-5769, e-mail. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Austin Bertolino is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Illinois; no house is required. Contact: Austin Bertolino, 217-827-7676. (Added 10/25/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois

Tessa Foster is seeking to purchase at least 5 tillable acres of farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Illinois (Michigan, Vermont or Maine would also be considered). Land with water, fencing and road access is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Tessa Foster, e-mail. (Added 10/17/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota, Iowa

Kirk Radtke is seeking to purchase or rent tillable farmland in Minnesota or Iowa. He would prefer land in northwestern Iowa or southwestern Minnesota, but he would consider other locations. Radtke is open to opportunities such as renting a farm and transitioning an existing farm business from a retiring farmer. A livestock operation would also be considered. No house is required. Contact: Kirk Radtke, 515-460-2201, e-mail. (Added 10/15/19)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Wisconsin

Realtor Jenny Menning has for sale 7 acres of farmland in northeastern Wisconsin's Green Lake County (near Ripon). The land consists of 1 acre of pasture and 4.5 tillable acres. There is a large barn (with event barn on the second level), a milk house, smaller barn, a Harvestore silo, tool shed, granary, combine shed, corn crib, hog pen, horse shed, two garages, and a 3,796-square-foot house built in 1949. It is zoned R-4, which allows many permitted and conditional uses for the property. The asking price is $375,000. Contact: Jenny Menning, 920-585-4849, e-mail. (Added 10/7/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Barry Schlecht is seeking to rent 5-100 acres of hay or pasture ground in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Barry Schlecht, e-mail, 360-518-6168, e-mail. (Added 10/7/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Iowa

Jacob Wolf is seeking to purchase 500 acres of farmland in Iowa. Land with 50 pasture acres and 50 forest acres is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Jacob Wolf, 641-777-8631, e-mail. (Added 10/7/19)

Seeking Farmer: Southeastern Minnesota

Kirby Rahn is seeking a farmer to join his operation in southeastern Minnesota's Houston County. The 405-acre farm has a beef cow-calf, small feedlot, and farrow-to-finish enterprise. There are also crops as well as pasture. The land has not been sprayed for several years and the farmer's involvement would be a diversified mix of responsibilities that could be tailored to strengths and interests. No housing is available. Contact: Kirby Rahn, 507-450-0109, e-mail. (Added 10/7/19)

Farmland for Sale: Twin Cities Region

Ken Saucke has for sale 40 acres of farmland in Dakota County south of Minnesota's Twin Cities (near Northfield). There are 28 tillable acres; 12 acres were enrolled in a Conservation Reserve Program contract, which ended this year. No house is available. The asking price is $247,300. Contact: Ken Saucke, 360-943-6607, e-mail. (Added 10/2/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Emily Stevens is seeking to rent 1 acre of tillable farmland in Minnesota or Wisconsin (Pierce, St. Croix, Washington or Dakota County). Stevens is looking to grow produce and a small building to store equipment in is preferred. A farmer on-site for knowledge transfer would be good. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Emily Stevens, 312-523-6084, e-mail. (Added 10/2/19)

Farmland for Sale: Twin Cities Region

Ellen Parker has for sale an urban farm in Saint Paul, Minn. It is a city lot and it has had laying hens, a greenhouse, meat and fur rabbits, and other enterprises in a supportive neighborhood. Orchard, berries, grapes, mushrooms, and vegetable beds are all producing. The land has not been sprayed for several years. There is an updated three-bedroom house. The asking price is $189,000. Contact: Ellen Parker, 952-454-8967, e-mail. (Added 10/2/19).

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Southern Minnesota

Stephen Jacobsen is seeking to rent 500 tillable acres of farmland in southern Minnesota's Mower or Freeborn County. No house is required. Contact: Stephen Jacobsen, 507-402-2542, e-mail. (Added 10/2/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Midwest

Alex Prediger is seeking to work with a Midwestern master regenerative grazier actively practicing some form of Holistic Planned Grazing or prescribed grazing. Prediger has eight years experience working on diverse operations across the country, ranging from a grass-based livestock and raw milk enterprise to a CSA and wholesale fruit and vegetable operation. Prediger's main interest is in regenerative grazing/Holistic Planned Grazing, but Prediger is also interested in learning more about on-farm milk/cheese processing and marketing. Contact: Alex Prediger, e-mail, 269-436-0305. (Added 10/2/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Louis Duncan is seeking farm work experience, particularly in the area of wholesale vegetable production. Duncan has experience with gardening, as well as livestock and dairy production. Duncan has experience working with farm machinery. He is looking to work with someone who has experience with farming. Contact: Louis Duncan, 575-552-2190, e-mail. (Added 10/2/19)