The following resources may be helpful for finding farmers for a farming opportunity you have available.

Listings and local contacts

NJ Land Link - Online Listings – NJ Land Link is designed to help connect farmers who are seeking access to land and farming opportunities, with farm owners who have farmland or business opportunities available. Farm owners can advertise the farming opportunities they have available (lease, sale, partnership, farm manager, apprenticeship and other opportunities) through the site’s free online listings, and they can browse the listings of farming opportunities sought posted by farmers

  • NJ Land Link - Create a free listing for yourself on the linking website

Print Listings - Some farm owners also advertise their farming opportunities in print publications, which also often post their classifieds online. Some of these include:

Local contacts - Contacting your local Rutgers Cooperative Extension county agent, or speaking with local farmers and agricultural organizations, such as the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) or a County Board of Agriculture (CBA) or County Agriculture Development Board (CADB), may also be helpful for learning about farmers seeking farming opportunities. Talking to people locally and using word-of-mouth is often an effective way to advertise a farming opportunity that is available. 

For information on additional, local agricultural organizations, see the directories of New Jersey agricultural organizations that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) and Rutgers Cooperative Extension have published.

Additional Online Listings - Farm owners may also advertise the farming opportunities they have available, and review farm seeker listings, through additional sites. Some of these additional sites with online listings include the following:

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Types of farmers seeking farming opportunities

Farmers seeking access to land include established farmers and beginning farmers. Established farmers are often looking to expand or relocate an existing farm operation, or sometimes to partner with another person or work as a farm manager. Similiarly, new and beginning farmers are often looking for land in order to start or expand a new farm business, or to partner, manage, or work on a farm). 

New farmers are a diverse group and have a range of backgrounds and experiences, including: people who grew up on a farm; recent college graduates interested in farming but who may have little farming experience; people looking to transition to farming from a successful non-farm career; and recent immigrants who may have more significant agricultural experience. Beginning farmers also include those who have worked on farms for several years to gain experience and who are now looking to start their own new farm businesses.

NOFA-NJ's Beginning Farmer Program is one program that helps support beginning farmers in New Jersey. GrowNYC's New Farmer Development program s another effort that works with aspiring farmers. The program is based in New York and often has farmers who are looking for farming opportunities. NOFA-NJ an GrowNYC could be andditional organizations to contact for assistance with finding farmers.

To learn more about the access to land issues faced by new and established farmers, one article you could read is "Access to Land," co-authored by Growing New Farmers and the New England Small Farm Institute. The Spring 2004 edition of The Natural Farmer also has a special supplement on "Access to Land."


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NJ Farmland Preservation Program

For owners of unpreserved farmland who are looking to sell their land and see it remain in agriculture, the Farmland Preservation Program may be of assistance. By selling a farm's development rights through the preservation program, the land is preserved and the farm's cost to a potential farmer-buyer can be lowered.

In some cases, a farm owner may not be able to preserve the farm in a timely manner. The Farmland Preservation Program's Fee Simple Purchase Program may be able to help in these situations. If the farm meets the program's eligibility criteria, the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) can buy the farm at the farm's unrestricted market value, preserve the farm by applying the program's farmland preservation deed restrictions, and then resell the now-preserved farm at auction. Local county agriculture development boards, municipalities, and non-profits may also be interested in purchasing and preserving farms in this way for agriculture.

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