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:

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Jessica Murray is seeking to purchase 5+ acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 2 acres of pasture and 4 tillable acres, and that has not been sprayed for several years, is preferred. Outbuildings and a house would be good, but are not required. Murray has $100,000 to put down on the land/farm/greenhouse business. Contact: Jessica Murray, 612-867-6263, e-mail. (Added 5/21/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin

Kalvan Schmidt is seeking to purchase farmland in Wisconsin. Land with 20 pasture acres and 50 tillable acres, and that has not been sprayed for several years, is preferred. Land with outbuildings and a house is also preferred. Contact: Kalvan Schmidt, 920-861-6000, e-mail. (Added 5/17/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: MN, WI, SD, NE, IA, ND, IL

Rickeya Brown is seeking to rent farmland in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota or Illinois. Land with a house is preferred. Contact: Rickeya Brown, 248-636-3241, e-mail. (Added 5/17/18)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Lionel Barton is seeking farm work experience on a wholesale vegetable operation. He grew up in the Caribbean and has experience with produce and livestock production. Barton also had a landscaping business. Contact: Lionel Barton, 717-443-4797, e-mail. (Added 5/15/18)

Organic Farmland for Rent: Central Minnesota

Mark Rieland has for rent up to 5 tillable acres (to start) of certified organic farmland in central Minnesota's Wright County (near Howard Lake). The farm site includes 75 acres, all of which is certified organic. Rieland currently has an organic hay operation, which will continue. There is a house and heated garage available. The asking price is $1,250 per month for the house and garage; land is extra. Contact: Mark Rieland, 952-380-6644, e-mail. (Added 5/14/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Northern Illinois

Quinton Babusch is seeking to rent 5-10 acres of tillable farmland in northern Illinois. Land with 5 tillable acres and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has well access is preferred. A greenhouse and pole barn would also be good. No house is required. Contact: Quinton Babusch, 630-267-2992, e-mail. (Added 5/14/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Ohio

Brock Retcher is seeking to purchase 800 acres of tillable farmland in Ohio. Land with 50 acres of pasture is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Brock Retcher, 419-980-2099. (Added 5/14/18)

Farmland for Rent: Southeastern Wisconsin

Stacy Cushenbery has for rent 65 acres of farmland in southeastern Wisconsin's Kenosha County (near Somers). The land includes pasture and Cushenbery is willing to invest in improvements on the farm as needed by the tenant. Access to light equipment is available; a list can be provided. There is a barn but no electricity or water. A house is available. A rental fee based on a sliding scale is available. Contact: Stacy Cushenbery, 872-301-1361, e-mail. (Added 5/10/18)

Farmland for Rent: Southeastern Minnesota

Joel Cannon has for rent 40 acres of farmland in southeastern Minnesota's Goodhue County (near Frontenac). The land has not been sprayed for several years, and Cannon is interested in renting part of it for a specialty crop like industrial hemp. It includes 10 acres below the bluff (good, silty loam) and the rest is on top of the bluff (poorer soil, lots of erosion). During the past five years the land has been in prairie grasses, which are cut once a year for hay. Cannon is willing to work with a farmer to learn about raising a specialty crop; he is willing to do a no rent/profit share deal. Contact: Joel Cannon, 612-801-7002, e-mail. (Added 5/8/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa

Jacob Esch is seeking to purchase 1,000 acres of farmland in South Dakota, Nebraska or Iowa. Land with 300 acres pasture, 700 tillable acres, a house and outbuildings is preferred. Contact: 308-750-6694, e-mail. (Added 5/8/18)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Ed Lysne has for rent 10 acres of farmland near Northfield, Minn., south of the Twin Cities. The land consists of 5 acres pasture and 5 acres tillable. The land has supported a few hogs, as well as poultry and produce, the past two years. It has not been sprayed for several years. There is a house and a garage. Lysne is seeking someone who utilizes organic methods and can help sustain adjacent wildlife habitat. Contact: Ed Lysne, 612-790-7873, e-mail. (Added 5/7/18)

Seeking Farmer: Northwestern Wisconsin

Peter Henry is seeking a farmer to join his certified organic operation in northwestern Wisconsin's Polk County (near Amery). Henry has 100 acres under management, and is raising 13 Galloway beef cattle, four acres of vegetables, an acre of strawberries, and thousands of row feet of asparagus. Depending on skill set, Henry is seeking someone who can do tractor work, weeding, harvesting, general vegetable management, rotating cattle within a grazing system and mowing. Depending on experience, the pay is $12-$15 per hour, or up to $40,000 per year if you have enough experience. Housing is available. Contact: Peter Henry, e-mail. (Added 5/7/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minn., S. Dak., Neb., Mo.

Kevin Stancliff is seeking to purchase 20+ acres of farmland in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska or Missouri. Land that is certified organic and that has 3 tillable acres, 10 pasture acres and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land with fencing, water, fruit trees, power and a house is preferred. Contact: Kevin Stancliff, 206-355-2125, e-mail. (Added 4/27/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Amanda Koskela is seeking to purchase 40+ acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land that has not been sprayed for several years and that has forest is preferred. Contact: Amanda Koskela, 218-979-9152, e-mail. (Added 4/23/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Nebraska

Alexander Gibson is seeking to purchase 20+ acres of farmland in Nebraska. Accessibility to a three-phase line from the property is required; no house is required. Contact: 509-339-6222 (home), 425-223-4632 (work), e-mail. (Added 4/23/18)

Farmland for Sale: Western Wisconsin

Judith Driscoll has for sale a 10-acre farm in western Wisconsin (near Balsam Lake). There are 8 tillable acres, and it hasn't been sprayed in 15 years. The land includes 3/4 acres fenced goat/sheep pasture with an electrified wire along the top. Mature trees include sugar maple and black walnut. There are 11 young apple trees, as well as 2 apricot, 5 blueberry and 6 raspberry bushes. Plantings also include several types of perennial vegetables. There is a wooden pole barn set up for goats, a tractor and hay storage. A second metal pole barn can house a tractor or a car. There is a two-bedroom house. Additional electric fencing, a chicken tractor and other supplies are negotiable. Driscoll would like to sell to a beginning farmer or farmers. The asking price is $154,900. Contact: Judith Driscoll, e-mail, 612-961-2199. (Added 4/20/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Illinois, Indiana

Mary Burgin is seeking to rent 5+ aces of tillable farmland in Illinois or Indiana. Land with 5 acres pasture and that has a house is preferred. Burgin would like to raise goats, as well as chickens and ducks. A dairy on the land would be helpful, but is not a necessity. Contact: Mary Burgin, 502-475-1464. (Added 4/19/18

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Southern Minnesota

Justin Remus is seeking to purchase 40+ acres of tillable farmland in southern Minnesota's Brown, Nicollet, Renville, Watonwan, Redwood or Blue Earth County. No house is required. Contact: Justin Remus, 507-766-5529, e-mail. (Added 4/18/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Illinois

Demetria Harrison is seeking to purchase 1 acre of tillable farmland in Illinois. Land that is certified organic, and that has water and fencing, is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Demetria Harrison, 309-429-1103, e-mail. (Added 4/16/18)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Illinois

Demetria Harrison is seeking farm work experience in Illinois. Harrison is particularly interested in getting experience with wholesale vegetable production, and has gardening experience as well as experience working at a gardening center. Contact: Demetria Harrison, 309-429-1103, e-mail. (Added 4/16/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Heidi Harrabi is seeking to rent or purchase 1 acre of tillable farmland in Minnesota. Harrabi is interested in starting a small vegetable and herb operation and would like land that has not been sprayed for several years. Access to water is required. She would consider buying the land if there is a house on the property. Contact: Heidi Harrabi, 507-433-2545, e-mail. (Added 4/12/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Iowa, Illinois

Katherine Dusing is seeking to rent 2-7 acres of farmland in Iowa or Illinois. She and her husband would be interested in a sharecropper form of agreement where they work the property as part of the rental fee. They are both experienced with farm work. They would prefer land with 3 acres pasture and 1 acre forest, as well as a house. They would also need space suitable for one semi and trailer. Contact: Katherine Dusing, 815-631-5556, e-mail. (Added 4/12/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Alex Stolberg is seeking to rent 50-100 acres or more of tillable farmland in Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Alex Stolberg, 612-229-3419, e-mail. (Added 4/12/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Nick Weidenbenner is seeking to purchase 5-10 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 5 pasture acres and 5 forest acres is preferred. A house is also needed. Contact: Nick Weidenbenner, 309-212-5454, e-mail. (Added 4/11/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Wisconsin, Nebraska

Tynille Rufenacht is seeking to purchase 20-100 tillable acres of farmland in Wisconsin or Nebraska (as well as Washington, Oregon or California). Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred. Contact: Tynille Rufenacht, 406-239-2456, e-mail. (Added 4/11/18)

Farmland for Sale: South-Central Minnesota

Kurt Schulz has for sale 7 acres of farmland in south-central Minnesota’s McLeod County (near Glencoe). Four acres have been in hay for 17 years; no chemicals have been applied to the farm during that time. One acre is in pasture. There is a house and outbuildings include a steel shed, granary and another shed that can house two vehicles. The hay field could easily be fenced for pasture. The asking price is $140,000. Contact: Kent Schulz, 320-510-2147, e-mail. (Added 4/10/18)

Farmland for Sale: Southern Minnesota

Jonathan Lindstorm has for sale 81 acres of farmland in southern Minnesota's Rice County (near Le Sueur County line and Montgomery). There are 17 pasture acres, 38 tillable acres and 5 forest acres. The land has not been sprayed for at least 10 years. There are two run-down barns and a shed. There is a marginal house; non-compliant septic would require replacement before occupancy. All the tillable land is currently being used as pasture. The asking price is $375,000. Contact: Jonathan Lindstorm, e-mail, 507-291-4099. (Added 4/9/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota

Christiaan Breedt is seeking to rent 40 acres of farmland in Minnesota, South Dakota or North Dakota. Land with 30 tillable acres, 30 pasture acres and 5 forest acres is preferred. Land with water, a barn and sheep shelter is preferred. No house is required. Contact: Christiaan Breedt, e-mail. (Added 4/9/19)

Farmland for Rent or Sale: South-Central Michigan

Laura Fair has for rent or sale 30 acres of farmland in south-central Michigan's Eaton County. The land includes 10 acres pasture, 20 acres forest and a house. There is a two-car garage, a small barn and two chicken coops. The land has not been sprayed for several years. Four acres is fenced. There is a river and a swimmable pond. The rental is $600 for an apartment; rental for land depends on use. Contact: Laura Fair, 517-993-7381, e-mail. (Added 4/9/18)

Seeking Dairy Farm Work Experience

Lee Lewis is seeking farm work experience on a dairy operation. Lewis has 20 years of dairy farm work experience doing milking breeding, field work and feeding. Contact: Lee Lewis, e-mail, 717-636-1577. (Added 4/9/18)

Farmland for Rent: Northwestern Wisconsin

John Michaud has for rent 27 acres of farmland in northwestern Wisconsin's Polk County (near Amery). There are 7 pasture acres and a working well; no house is available. Michaud is willing to rent the land under a labor or trade agreement. Contact: John Michaud, 651-442-1488, e-mail. (Added 3/29/18)

Farmland for Rent: Twin Cities Region

Lance Wallin has for rent 70 tillable acres near Maple Plain, in the Twin Cities, Minn., region. Contact: Lance Wallin, 763-350-4401, e-mail. (Added 3/29/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Western Wisconsin

Kate McColl is seeking to purchase a few acres of farmland in western Wisconsin's Trempealeau County. Land with pasture and a house is preferred. Contact: 507-460-2465, e-mail. (Added 3/29/18)

Farmland for Rent: Northwestern Wisconsin

Ken Raspotnik has for rent 160 acres of farmland northwestern Wisconsin's Bayfield County. There are 90 pasture acres, 40 tillable acres and 30 forest acres. There are also 150 acres of leased hay land. The land has not been sprayed for several years. The pastures are fenced for rotational grazing, with water lines. There is a barn, machine sheds, a 30 x 60 hoop house and a log cabin with wood heat. There are Red Devon cattle and Friesian horses to manage if wanted in exchange for rent and income. The rental price is $350 per month. Contact: Ken Raspotnik, 715-682-9240, e-mail. (Added 3/29/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Andrea Carpentier is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Minnesota. Carpenter would prefer land with woods and some garden space. She is flexible on the the number of acres. Contact: Andrea Carpentier, 507-301-8292, e-mail. (Added 3/29/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Wisconsin

Rebecca Fisher is seeking to rent 3-5 tillable acres of farmland in Wisconsin. Land that has not been sprayed for several years is preferred; sandy soil is okay. A house is required. Contact: Rebecca Fisher, 503-893-8818, e-mail. (Added 3/29/19)

Seeking Farm Work Experience: Wisconsin

Rebecca Fisher is seeking farm work experience on an organic operation in Wisconsin. She has experience with a small family garden and has worked with the traditional three sisters system. She would like to be in a situation where she works with all aspects of a produce operation in exchange for 2-5 acres where she can grow industrial hemp. Fisher would require housing she could rent and would be available by the end of April-beginning of May. Contact: Rebecca Fisher, e-mail, 503-893-8818. (Added 3/29/18)

Farmland for Sale: Northeastern Minnesota

Ron McGriff has for sale 30 acres of farmland in northeastern Minnesota's Isanti County. The land consists of 4.5 tillable acres, 4.5 pasture acres and 20 forest acres. The land has not been sprayed for several years. There is a small greenhouse, 30 x 40 metal shed/garage, a house, and three "National Wildlife Wetland Project" ponds. The asking price is $160,000-$200,000. Contact: Ron McGriff, 320-396-3957, e-mail. (Added 3/22/18)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Robert Ellis is seeking farm work experience, particularly on a wholesale vegetable operation. He has a permaculture design certificate from Grow Permaculture in Florida. Ellis has four years of experience in designing, constructing and maintaining hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Ellis also has experience with raising chickens, gardening, basic construction and agroforestry. Ellis is willing to relocate, but would need housing and food. Contact: Robert Ellis, e-mail, 808-383-7459. (Added 3/22/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Nebraska

Eric Thomas is seeking to rent 500-1,000 acres of tillable farmland in Nebraska. No house is required. Contact: Eric Thomas, 605-281-0263, e-mail. (Added 3/22/18)

Farmland for Rent: Southeastern Minnesota

Koopman has available 10 acres of farmland in southeastern Minnesota's Rice County (near Northfield) for rent as hay ground. The land has not been sprayed for several years. It's a hay field—primarily orchard and timothy grass with some alfalfa. No house is available. The rental rate is $100 per acre, and it's available June through August. Contact: Koopman, 608-739-3271. (Added 3/20/18)

Pasture Livestock Farm for Sale or Rent: Twin Cities Region

Jack McCann has for sale or rent an operating 23-acre pasture-based livestock farm 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, Minn., western metro area (Montrose area). 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. There is also the option for access to all the equipment needed for a livestock operation. There is a 55 x 60 pole barn with stalls, electricity and water. The 3,000- square-foot house was built in 2001. There is space to add vegetable production. An additional 60 acres is available for rent nearby if desired. Pricing, photos and more information on the property are at https://tc.farm/LSP. Contact: Jack McCann, e-mail, 612-217-1770. (Added 3/19/18)

Farmland for Rent: East-Central Minnesota

Les Bartos has for rent 23 tillable acres in east-central Minnesota's Wright County (near Montrose). The land has not been sprayed for several years; no house is available. Contact: Les Bartos, 763-658-4775. (Added 3/14/18)

Farmland for Sale: Southwestern Wisconsin

Martina Chamberlain has for sale a 108-acre certified organic farm in southwestern Wisconsin's Vernon County (near Westby). The land has 52 tillable acres and 23+ pasture acres. There is a handicap-accessible house, 30 x 80 pole shed, corn crib with a 20 x 40 shed attached, and a 30 x 80 two-story barn. The pasture is fenced and a trout stream runs through the pasture. Contact: Martina Chamberlain, 608-632-9145, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Organic Farmer: Southwestern Wisconsin

Martina Chamberlain is seeking an established dairy farmer to partner with in the area of southwestern Wisconsin's Vernon County. Chamberlain has 30 certified organic cows and heifer calves. Chamberlain would prefer a situation where there is housing on the farm. Contact: Martina Chamberlain, 608-632-9145, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Farmland for Sale: Northwestern Wisconsin

Donna Goodlaxson has for sale 20 acres of farmland in northwestern Wisconsin's Barron County (near Prairie Farm). The land has not been sprayed for 45 years and it was previously a CSA operation. There are 9 tillable acres, 3 pasture acres and 4 forest acres. There is a two-story, well-maintained farmhouse, as well as a 40 x 60 shed, a waterline for a hydrant, a good well and septic. A pond is available for irrigation. The asking price is $200,000. Contact: Donna Goodlaxson, 715-307-1730, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Farmland to Buy: Minnesota

Katelyn Olgren is seeking to purchase 2-15 acres of farmland in Minnesota. Land with 5 tillable acres and 5 forest acres, and that has not been sprayed for several years, is preferred. Contact: Katelyn Algren, 507-990-2396, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Farm Work Experience

Demetria Harrison of Milan, Ill., is seeking farm work experience on a produce farm. Harrison has two years of experience raising a variety of vegetables and herbs. Harrison is interested in learning about business planning and would like to start a small produce operation. Contact: Demetria Harrison, e-mail, 309-429-1103. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Southeastern Minnesota

Cody Hager is seeking to rent 40-80 acres of tillable farmland in southeastern Minnesota. No house is required. Contact: Cody Hager, 507-696-4765. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Land for Honey Bees: Twin Cities Region

Rebecca Masterman is seeking a sunny pasture/farmland for a small-scale honey bee operation apiary site within 45 miles of Minnesota's Twin Cities. Easy vehicle access preferred; yard rent can be paid in honey. Contact: Rebecca Masterman, 763-656-3156, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Wisconsin

Theresa Skrzynski is seeking to rent 1 acre of certified organic farmland in Wisconsin. Land with 1-2 outbuildings and access to water is preferred. Contact: Theresa Skrzynski, 262-239-0930, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Farmland for Sale: Northern Illinois

Robert Strand has for sale 35 acres of farmland in northern Illinois's Dekalb County (near Hinckley). There are 22 pasture acres and 10 tillable acres. There is some fencing around the pasture and a creek runs through the pasture. There is a house, barn and machine shed. The asking price is $600,000. Contact: Robert Strand, 815-739-3508, e-mail. (Added 3/13/18)

Seeking Farmland to Rent: Minnesota

Josh Raimann is seeking to rent tillable farmland in Minnesota. Contact: Josh Raimann, 507-553-3187. (Added 3/13/18)