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:

Farmland for Rent: Central Minnesota

Mark Schnobrich has for rent 6 acres of farmland near Hutchinson in central Minnesota. The land consists of pasture and it has not been sprayed for 18 years. It is currently under grass hay and some fencing is still up (it would need to be refurbished). The land would be available in late fall. No house is available. The price is very negotiable. Contact: Mark Schnobrich, 320-587-3760, e-mail. (Added 7/15/19)

Organic Blueberry Field for Rent/Lease: Twin Cities Region

Tom Simonsen has for rent/lease a 3.5-acre certified organic blueberry field in the Twin Cities (Minn.) region. This is a well established business. Information on growing blueberries and running this business will be shared with the renter. Contact: Tom Simonsen, 612-978-2585, e-mail, (7/10/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Central Missouri

Nicholas Meier is seeking to purchase 50-100 acres of farmland in central Missouri. He would prefer that at least 50 acres be tillable, and that it be on a blacktop road. No house is required. Contact: Nicholas Meier, 636-357-4577, e-mail. (Added 7/9/19)

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

Gilbert Vereen is seeking to purchase farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa or Illinois. Land with 5 tillable acres, 4 pasture acres, and 10 forest acres is preferred. Land with fencing, electricity, and water is also preferred. No house is required. Contact: Gilbert Vereen, 803-662-5489, e-mail. (Added 7/9/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Gilbert Vereen is seeking farm work experience on a wholesale vegetable operation. Vereen has experience with watermelon and tomato production. Contact: Gilbert Vereen, 803-662-5489, e-mail. (Added 7/9/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Mikael B Hayes is seeking farm work experience. Hayes has interned on a 40-acre organic farm that grew orchard crops, vegetables, and pasture-raised chickens. Hayes is also a self-taught beekeeper with three years experience. Hayes is particularly interested in getting experience with planning and marketing; an ideal situation would be a diverse, organic farm with an orchard, market garden, and animals. Contact: Mikael B Hayes, 650-759-5300, e-mail. (Added 7/9/19)

Farmland for Rent: Northeastern Wisconsin

Barb and Dave Heilman have for rent 190 acres of farmland in northeastern Wisconsin's Door County (near Egg Harbor). The land consists of 125 tillable acres and 50 forest acres. The land is level. No house is available. Contact: Barb and Dave Heilman, 920-901-7439, e-mail. (Added 7/5/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Christopher Spears is seeking to purchase 5-15 acres of tillable farmland in Wisconsin. Land with a water source is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Christopher Spears, 608-341-9859. (Added 7/5/19)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Wisconsin

Realtor Marc Cutter has for sale 29 acres of farmland in northwestern Wisconsin (between Luck and Cushing). There is 11 open/tillable acres, a fenced garden area, and lots of mature hardwoods (with sugar bush). There is a greenhouse attached to the three-bedroom home, which was built in 1985. There is a two-car garage and a 24 x 24 workshop. The asking price is $280,000. Contact: Marc Cutter, 715-491-9381, e-mail. (Added 7/3/19)

Farmland for Sale: Western Minnesota

Cecilia Kurtz has for sale 30 acres of farmland in western Minnesota's Renville County. There are woods, a pond, and a cattail slough. Half of a 36 x 62 Morton shed is well insulated and heated with an additional small heated room that can be used for an office, or refrigerated for produce storage. There are three additional buildings, along with a three-bedroom home with an updated septic system and central air conditioning. Many improvements have been made since 2011. The land is buffered from surrounding farmland that is sprayed, making organic production possible. The asking price is $228,000 but the owner is willing to negotiate. Contact: Cecilia Kurtz, 320-826-2324. (Added 7/3/19)

Organic Farmland for Sale: Southeastern Minnesota

Lois Brink has for sale 80 acres of certified organic farmland in southeastern Minnesota (near Spring Grove and Houston). The land consists of 40 tillable acres and 40 forest acres, and a creek runs through the middle of the property. Contact: Lois Brink, 612-251-5650, e-mail. (Added 7/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Jeremy McKinney is seeking to rent 5 acres of farmland in Illinois. Land with 4 acres pasture, a barn, a stable, and a house is preferred. Contact: Jeremy McKinney, 815-671-2972, e-mail. (Added 7/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy

Andrew Thephasdin is seeking to purchase 2-5 acres of farmland in Illinois. He is seeking land to use for greenhouse growing. No house is required. Contact: Andrew Thephasdin, 312-218-3502, e-mail. (Added 7/3/19)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Illinois

Ali Armbrust has for sale farmland in northeastern Illinois's McHenry County (near Woodstock). The land consists of 13 tillable acres, 13 pasture acres, and 5 forest acres. The land has not been sprayed for several years. There is a house, two unheated hoop houses (20 x 96 and 30 x 84), and one heated production house (12 x 60)—all plumbed with water/electric. There is also a 1,800-square-foot storage bay, a tractor bay, and a packing shed with a Coolbot (8 x 12) and chicken coop (10 x 10). There is a pool "cabana" building (13 x 20) and a soft-sided storage shed (13 x 20). The sides of the property are fenced, and it is zoned agricultural. Contact: Ali Armbrust, 773-841-4415, e-mail. (Added 7/1/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

David Williams is seeking farm work experience in Minnesota. Williams has minimal experience with home gardening and is seeking experience with small-scale food production (fruits, vegetables, and animals). His long-term goal is to learn about permaculture strategies and resilient agriculture. Contact: David Williams, e-mail, 410-499-2433. (Added 6/18/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Cha Xiong is seeking to purchase up to 5 acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Land that has 1 acre tillable, 1 acre pasture and half-an-acre of forest is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has fencing is preferred. Outbuildings for storage would be nice; no house is needed. Contact: Cha Xiong, 541-292-2862, e-mail. (Added 6/7/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota-Wisconsin

Cha Xiong is seeking farm work experience in the Minnesota-Wisconsin region. Xiong has experience preparing gardens and growing vegetables, and would like experience with wholesale vegetable production, setting up a greenhouse, and aquaponics. Xiong would like to eventually employ eco-friendly methods such as no-till, using chickens and pigs as a means of working the land and preparing it for planting. Contact: Cha Xiong, e-mail, 541-292-2862. (Added 6/7/19)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Wisconsin

Steve and Norma Leonard have for sale 91 acres of farmland near Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin. The land includes a mix of pasture, forest, tillable acres, along with fruit trees. It has not been sprayed for several years. There is a house as well as outbuildings. The land is in lake country, but is not on a lake. The asking price is $325,000. Contact: Steve and Norma Leonard, e-mail, 715-634-8303. (Added 6/7/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent or Buy: Minnesota, Iowa

Kirk Radtke is seeking a situation where he could rent tillable acres in Iowa or Minnesota, and would be interested in working with a retiring or soon-to-be-retiring farmer. He would be interested in livestock as well. Contact: Kirk Radtke, 515-460-2201, e-mail. (Added 6/6/19)

Fruit Farm for Sale: Twin Cities Region

Tom Simonsen has for sale a 20-acre commercial fruit farm near Minnesota's Twin Cities. The land is expected to be certified organic in June 2019 and includes a large pole barn with four box stalls, a riding arena and approximately 5 acres of fenced pasture. There is also a 1998 4,500-square-foot rambler and a picnic shelter. There is a pond, lake and wooded areas, as well as a well for irrigation. Contact: Tom Simonsen, 612-978-2585, e-mail. (Added 6/5/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Loren Schmitz is seeking work experience on a grass-fed beef operation in Minnesota. Schmitz has 20+ years of grazing experience with dairy and beef. He is particularly interested in gaining experience with on-farm milk/cheese processing and marketing. Contact: Loren Schmitz, e-mail, 218- 838-9076. (Added 6/3/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Dusty Hinz is seeking to purchase 25-40 acres of farmland in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Land with 10-20 pasture acres, 10-20 forest acres, and 10-20 tillable acres is preferred. No house is required; outbuildings would be good, but are not necessary. Hinz would like land that is within a one hour drive of the Twin Cities, but a greater distance is not a deal breaker. He would prefer to have the ability to live on the property eventually, if not right away, so there must be a building site permit for a house. Contact: Dusty Hinz, 612-834-7502, e-mail. (Added 5/30/19)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Debra Jorgensen has for rent 120 acres of farmland in Chisago County near Minnesota's Twin Cities. The land consists of 64 tillable acres and 55 forest acres; no house is available. Contact: Debra Jorgensen, 651-583-3142, e-mail. (Added 5/30/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: North-Central Iowa

Nick Reding is seeking to purchase 400 acres of farmland in north-central Iowa. Land with 100 pasture acres and 300 tillable acres is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Nick Reding, 641-530-0803, e-mail. (Added 5/30/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Nebraska

Marty Fox is seeking to purchase 2 acres of farmland in Nebraska. Land with 1 acre pasture and 1 acre tillable is preferred. Land with fencing is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Marty Fox, 760-619-8925, e-mail. (Added 5/30/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Missouri

Bryant Weaver is seeking to purchase tillable farmland in Missouri. Land with a house is preferred. Contact: Bryant Weaver, 314-255-4625, e-mail. (Added 5/30/19)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Ronna Evachenko is seeking to purchase 1-30 acres of tillable farmland in Wisconsin. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has water and electricity is preferred. A house and outbuildings are not required. Contact: Ronna Evachenko, 608-434-4328, e-mail. (Added 5/17/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Kannen Lund is seeking to rent 40+ tillable acres of farmland in Minnesota. Contact: Kannen Lund, 320-815-1184, e-mail. (Added 5/15/19)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Jonathan Lindstrom has for rent 81 acres of farmland in Rice County, near Minnesota's Twin Cities (in Erin Township). The land has 40 tillable acres, 15 pasture acres, and 5 forest acres. The land has not been sprayed for 10 years. The land was last used as a pasture for a small dairy herd and for pastured poultry. There are rolling hills, a creek, substantial wetlands, and scattered trees throughout the property. Water and electricity are available on-site. There is an old farmhouse that is not livable, and there are two dilapidated barns and an old corn crib. Contact: Jonathan Lindstrom, 507-291-4099, e-mail. (Added 5/13/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Twin Cities Region

John Seng is seeking farm work experience in the Twin Cities region. He is particularly interested in gaining experience with wholesale vegetable production and perennial crops. Seng is available Mondays, Fridays, and every-other-Wednesday (possibly every Wednesday if he can change his work schedule). Contact: John Seng, 651-231-2282, e-mail. (Added 5/13/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Twin Cities Region

Jessica Kruse is seeking to rent 1-2 acres of farmland west of Minnesota's Twin Cities. No amenities are needed—she is seeking a place to park an off-grid tiny house. Contact: Jessica Kruse, 507-828-1273. (Added 5/10/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Indiana

Leigh Montano is seeking an apprenticeship on a farm in Indiana. Montano has experience raising vegetables in a home garden and is interested in gaining experience with on-farm milk/cheese processing and marketing, as well as animal fiber. Contact: Leigh Montano, 765-891-2557, e-mail. (Added 5/10/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa

Pete Kapustka is seeking to rent 500 acres of tillable farmland in Iowa. He prefers land that has not been sprayed for several years. Kapustka is seeking a land rental and equipment rental/purchase arrangement with a retiring or soon-to-be-retiring farmer. He hopes to enter farming with a portion of 2020 acres certified organic or qualifying hay or alfalfa acres for corn or other organic crops. No house is required. Contact: Pete Kapustka, 515-571-5233, e-mail. (Added 5/5/19)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Loren Schmitz is seeking to rent 40 acres of farmland in Minnesota (he will consider other states as well). Land with 30 acres pasture and 10 acres forest is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has a house is preferred. Contact: Loren Schmitz, 218-838-9076, e-mail. (Added 5/3/19)