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 Sale: Southern Minnesota

Lauren Johnson has for sale 1.5-2 acres of farmland in southern Minnesota's Martin County. There is an updated house. There is a partially fenced pasture and fruit trees and perennials. There is a large garden area with raised beds. The produce was mostly organically grown; the field has not been sprayed in 2+ years. The asking price is $170,000. Contact: Lauren Johnson, 715-781-0317, e-mail. (Added 10/26/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Midwest

Rebecca Modlin is seeking work experience on a regenerative farming operation. Modlin grew up milking cows, driving tractors, tending animals, and caring for a garden/orchard. She has been studying permaculture and regenerative practices and has obtained a Permaculture Design Certification; Modlin is enrolled in Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web School. She is seeking experience with regenerative farming practices, particularly involving animals. Housing nearby with adequate financial compensation is preferred. Modlin is particularly interested in learning more about business planning and soil health. Contact: Rebecca Modlin, 507-500-1010, e-mail. (Added 10/26/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska

Cole Dickinson is seeking to rent farmland in Nebraska. Contact: Cole Dickinson, 402-947-1454. (Added 10/26/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: U.S.

Andrew Swope is seeking to rent 300 acres of tillable farmland in the U.S. No house is required. Contact: Andrew Swope, 641-660-6313, e-mail. (Added 10/26/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Katie Knott is seeking to purchase 1-2 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with greenhouses or space for greenhouses is needed. Heat, water, and electricity are also necessary; no house is required. Contact: Katie Knott, 612-210-2825, e-mail. (Added 10/14/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Kelsey Myhre is seeking farm work experience in Minnesota. Myhre has 50+ hours of on-farm volunteer experience, one season of personal vegetable garden experience, two seasons of landscape gardening work experience, two seasons of volunteer student gardening experience, two seasons physical labor involving plant/tree identification/tree felling and bucking. Myhre is looking for an opportunity to gain on-farm experience with a farmer who is willing to share mentorship/knowledge/experience about regenerative agriculture practices that prioritize ecologically sound practices, animal, plant, and insect biodiversity, soil health, and clean water. A farm with a mission of building socially responsible and equitable food systems that support and nourish the local community would be good as well. A farm within a reasonable driving distance of Two Harbors, Minn., is preferred, but opportunities that exist in and around the Twin Cities region could also be accommodated. Myhre is particularly interested in getting experience with wholesale vegetable production. Contact: Kelsey Myhre, e-mail, 612-554-9483. (Added 10/14/21)

Seeking Farmer: Twin Cities Region

Rebekah Herzog is part of a family of five looking to start a multi-family farming operation within a 45-minute drive of Saint Paul, Minn. They would like to raise organic vegetables and chickens, and are open to other enterprises. They do not have land yet, so are looking for someone who has land or someone who has land for sale. They are seeking land that has not been sprayed. They have only had chickens and a backyard garden, so are seeking someone with farming experience or a desire to learn together. Co-ownership of the farm is possible, but not required. Contact: Rebekah Herzog, 612-207-8897, e-mail. (Added 10/14/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Minnesota

Caleb Newman is seeking farm work experience in Minnesota. Newman recently became the owner of a 5-acre farm. In particular, Newman would like to gain experience with raising cattle and crops, and would like to learn more about management and business planning. Contact: Caleb Newman, e-mail, 218-209-6068. (Added 10/14/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Pa Xiong is seeking to rent 1 acre of tillable farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Pa Xiong, 763-318-6506, e-mail. (Added 10/13/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Claire Roussos is seeking to purchase a minimum of 5 acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Land with a house is preferred. Contact: Claire Roussos, 608-692-3355, e-mail. (Added 10/13/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Wisconsin

Kindra Ericksen is seeking to rent 20-50 acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Ericksen is seeking pasture to rotationally graze sheep on, and prefers land with perimeter fencing, water, and a barn/shed with electricity. Land with a house is preferred as well. Contact: Kindra Ericksen, 540-533-6658, e-mail. (Added 10/13/21)

Seeking Pasture to Rent: Illinois

Marlie Simmons is seeking to rent at least 1 acre of pasture in Illinois. No house is required. Contact: Marlie Simmons, 847-770-5356, e-mail. (Added 10/13/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

David Werner is seeking farm work experience. He is ideally looking for mentorship/training from an experience sustainable vegetable producer. He would ideally like housing unless renting in the area is available. He has experience with organic vegetable production. Recently, he has been the head farmer of a research farm in California where he oversees harvest, plant planning, poultry care and egg collection, and farmers' markets. Contact: David Werner, e-mail, 815-666-2780. (Added 10/1/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy

Grace Brosnan is seeking to purchase 3-10 acres of farmland in Minnesota (Goodhue County preferred). Brosnan would like land that has 3-5 buildable acres for a composting site. Land with fencing, road, wells, and electrical hookup would be great, but is not necessary. No house is required. Contact: Grace Brosnan, 507-995-8905, e-mail. (Added 9/30/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Illinois

Thomas and Kimberly Erdman are seeking farm work experience in Illinois. They have 50 years of farming and livestock experience, from planting to fall harvest. Kimberly has a CDL and is experienced in hauling grain. They are seeking a situation with housing available; preferably with a barn and pasture for horses. Contact: Thomas and Kimberly Erdman, e-mail, 815-822-7867. (Added 9/29/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Missouri

Robert Grindstaff is seeking farm work experience in Missouri. He is seeking to be mentored by a farmer who is close to retirement and does not have family to take over the farm. Grindstaff was raised on a small cattle farm and has feedlot experience. He has driven multiple types of tractors and is in the process of learning more about row crop farming. He is particularly interested in getting more experience with wholesale vegetable production. Contact: Robert Grindstaff, e-mail, 573-673-4495. (Added 9/29/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: U.S.

Andrew Klingler is seeking to purchase 120 acres of farmland in the U.S. Land that includes 100 tillable acres is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Andrew Klingler, 314-225-7900, e-mail. (9/27/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Christopher Brenna is seeking to purchase 5 acres of tillable farmland in Minnesota. Land with 1 tillable acre, 3 forest acres, and 1 pasture acre is preferred. Land with water and power is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Christopher Brenna, 612-242-1434, e-mail. (Added 9/23/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Nick Ewy is seeking to rent 1,000 acres of conventional farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Nick Ewy, 507-995-5544, e-mail. (Added 9/20/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Michigan

Carly Talsma is seeking to rent 1+ acres of farmland in Michigan. Land with at least .5+ tillable acres is preferred. Land with outbuildings and water is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Carly Talsma, 248-808-7659, e-mail. (Added 9/17/21)

Farmland for Sale: East-Central Minnesota

Nancy Lunzer has for sale 15.25 acres of farmland in east-central Minnesota's Kanabec County (near Ogilvie). It consists of 2 tillable acres and it has not been sprayed for over 10 years. This is a Certified Water Quality Farm and there are apple and ornamental trees. There is a farm yard with 2 acres fenced and gated. The land is fenced and cross-fenced for rotational grazing and there is an automatic waterer. There is also a 30 x 45 old style red barn with a hayloft, 20 x 30 loafing shed, 24 x 30 garage, 30 x 40 pole barn, a 16 x 30 lambing shed, and a chicken coop. There is a 900 square-foot fixer-upper house with fiber optic internet. The asking price is $174,900. Contact: Nancy Luzner, 320-223-3269, e-mail. (Added 9/13/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Cj Sandven is seeking to purchase 5-50 acres of farmland in Minnesota (Kandiyohi County area preferred). Land with 5-30 acres of pasture, 5-30 tillable acres, and 5-15 forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. No house is required; ability to install utilities and area to set up a homestead or trailer is preferred. Open to a long-term lease option. Contact: Cj Sandven, 320-979-2131, 320-409-1149. (Added 9/13/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Upper Midwest

Sean Beyke and family are seeking farm work on a small farm in the Upper Midwest that may be considering transitioning ownership. They are seeking mentorship and experience on a farm that has livestock and utilizes soil health practices like cover cropping. Beyke was raised on a row crop farm and has experience with cropping, irrigation, harvest, swine, chickens, and gardening. They are seeking a situation with housing available. Contact: Sean Beyke, e-mail, 402-239-4152. (Added 9/13/21)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Twin Cities Region

Will Peterson is interested in gaining market gardening experience within driving distance of Minneapolis, Minn. Peterson has a flexible schedule and has one year experience cultivating a basic vegetable garden. Contact: Will Peterson, e-mail, 858-210-5367. (Added 9/9/21)

Seeking Farmland to Purchase: U.S.

Sreenivas Pondicherry is seeking to purchase 15 acres of farmland in the U.S. (Wisconsin is preferred). Land with 5 pasture acres, 5 tillable acres, and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land with a house, an outbuilding, water, and fencing is preferred. Land that hasn't been sprayed for several years is preferred. Contact: Sreenivas Pondicherry, 312-340-9776, e-mail. (Added 9/8/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois

Derik Banning is seeking to rent 500 tillable acres in Illinois. No house is required. Contact: Derik Banning, 217-821-0223. (Added 9/8/21)

Grazing Land Available: Southeastern Minnesota

Dusty Hinz has available 129 acres of gazing land in Spring Grove in southeastern Minnesota. The land consists of 72 acres that has previously been tilled, which he plans to convert to pasture. There are 57 acres of woods. There is electricity and a well. Hinz is seeking a farmer that has the capacity to rotationally graze the land with their own cattle, sheep, or goats. He is flexible and open to creative but fair arrangements. Contact: Dusty Hinz, e-mail. (Added 9/3/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Chaede Vig is seeking to purchase farmland in Minnesota. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Chaede Vig, 715-815-0892, e-mail. (Added 9/2/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Lorna Grant is seeking to purchase 5+ acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 3+ acres of pasture and 3+ acres of forest is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; no house is required. Contact: Lorna Grant, 651-347-3764, e-mail. (Added 8/31/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Illinois, Indiana

John Douglas is seeking to purchase 15 acres of farmland in Illinois or Indiana. Land that includes 5 pasture acres, 5 tillable acres, and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land with a house and at least one outbuilding is preferred. Land with fencing and multiple access points is also preferred. Contact: John Douglas, 360-774-9084, e-mail. (Added 8/23/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Darius Knox is seeking to rent 5 tillable acres of farmland in Minnesota; no house is required. Contact: Darius Knox, 651-350-8516. (8/20/21)

Seeking Farmer: Southern Minnesota

Scott Haase is seeking a farmer to join his operation in southern Minnesota's Faribault County (near Blue Earth). Blue Dirt Farm annually finishes 100 hogs on 10 acres of pasture and woodland for direct-to-consumer sales; Haase also raises turkeys. There are also 95 acres of cropland transitioning to diverse, regenerative management. Haase also tends an additional 1,300 acres of conventional cropland with opportunities to further integrate cover crops, grazing, and soil building practices. Haase is looking for part-time help that could soon become full-time, year-round. The chosen candidate will move livestock and portable infrastructure regularly, help with daily chores, and work on farm infrastructure and improvements. Other specific tasks and projects will be tailored to individual strengths and interests. Housing is available and the pay is $15-$25 per hour based on experience and with consideration to other benefits if applicable. Contact: Scott Haase, 507-526-4729, e-mail. (Added 8/19/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Experienced beekeepers Megan and Temuri are looking for a 3+ acre farm to rent in Minnesota. Land with 2+ acres of pasture and 1+ forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Land with a house is required. They are interested in using pasture for restoration for pollinators and making honey, growing cut flowers, and having some poultry on the property. Contact: Megan and Temuri, 612-963-9368, e-mail. (Added 8/17/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Marcie Oltman is seeking to purchase .5-5 acres of farmland in Minnesota (western Twin Cities region preferred). No house is required; land with water and electricity is preferred. Contact: Marcie Oltman, 651-600-5264, 651-266-0362, e-mail. (Added 8/17/21)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa, Illinois

Allyson McKenzie is seeking to rent 1-3 acres of farmland in Iowa or Illinois. Land with pasture a barn, or horse stables is preferred. Land with a fenced yard or fenced pasture is preferred. Contact: Allyson McKenzie, 972-922-8955, e-mail. (Added 8/17/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: North Dakota

Glendon Slaubaugh is seeking to purchase 1,500 tillable acres of farmland in North Dakota. No house is required. Contact: Glendon Slaubaugh, 701-771-8669. (Added 8/17/21)

Seeking Farmer: Western Wisconsin

Richard Grams of Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors is seeking a farmer to purchase a certified organic beef operation in western Wisconsin. The 140-acre operation sells directly to the public. Products include beef, pork, chickens, seasonal turkeys, hams & sheep. The operation is profitable and will support a family. Housing is on-site. Financing is available with very good terms. If you are interested in owning a self-sustaining and profitable organic operation and are also capable of working directly with the customers who purchase the farm products Contact: Richard Grams, 608-792-3322, e-mail. (Added 8/11/21)

Seeking Farmland: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Emily and Marcellin Kalnicky are seeking to purchase 5-50 acres of tillable farmland in eastern Minnesota or western Wisconsin (within a one- hour drive of Saint Paul). Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has water and access via road is preferred. They are open to a rent-to-own option. Contact: Emily and Marcellin Kalnicky, e-mail. (Added 8/10/21)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Ed Lysne has for rent 10 acres of farmland in Minnesota's Rice County (near Northfield). There are 5 tillable acres and 1 forested acre, and the land has not been sprayed in six growing seasons. 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 lot of natural space: prairie, forest, and wetland. It has supported a few pigs, chickens, hemp, and produce over the past five years — all organically grown. There is a house and a small garage; very good access to Internet, town, and the Twin Cities. The price range is $1,500; lease is somewhat negotiable. Contact: Ed Lysne, 612-790-7873, e-mail. (Added 8/4/21)

Vegetable Farm for Sale: Southwestern Minnesota

Steven Harder has for sale a 15-acre operation in southwestern Minnesota's Cottonwood County (near Mountain Lake). This land has been sustainably farmed with mixed vegetable production for 12 years using regenerative principals. No herbicides have been used; an integrated pest management system using only OMRI approved products was in place. Windbreaks surround the 15 acres and a restored tallgrass prairie provides pollinator habitat. This is a Minnesota Water Quality Certified farm. An in-ground irrigation system is connected to hydrants at many of the plots. Fruit and nut trees include: apple, American plum, chokecherry, and chestnuts. There are 500 hazelnut shrubs. An adjacent property includes a commercial building with a climate battery greenhouse and a 25,000 gallon cistern which is currently attached to the in-ground irrigation system. This property is being sold separately. It was used as a farm market with a wash area and large coolers for the harvests. It includes a 10,000 watt solar system. No housing is available. More information is available here. Contact: Steven Harder, 507-360-3294, e-mail. (Added 8/4/21)

Organic Farmland for Rent: Central Ohio

Maryann Burr has for rent 311 acres of certified organic farmland in central Ohio's Madison County (near London). The land has been certified organic for 12 years and corn, soybeans, and wheat have been raised on it. There are machinery storage sheds and grain bins. No housing is available. The lease is $300 an acre. Contact: Maryann Burr, 740-852-9289, e-mail. (Added 8/4/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: U.S.

Ashley Ross is seeking to purchase 5+ acres of farmland in the U.S. At least 2-4 tillable acres is preferred. Land in a quiet area with fencing, water, and a house is preferred. Ross is interested in regenerative agriculture, silvopasturing, multi-species rotation practices, market gardening, fruit production, and greenhouse production. Contact: Ashley Ross, 216-804-7531, e-mail. (Added 8/4/21)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Logan Clark is seeking to purchase 30+ acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 20+ pasture acres and 5 tillable acres, and that has not been sprayed for several years, is preferred. Land with a pack shed, loafing shed, fencing, water, and a house is preferred. Contact: Logan Clark, 507-251-1146, e-mail. (Added 8/2/21)