Resources for Landowners


Educational Materials

  • Affording OURLAND: Financial Literacy Guidebook for Young Farmers provided by The Greenhorns

    This is a fantastic guidebook aimed at helping beginning and/or young farmers explore their options for accessing land and credit to start farm businesses. Authors: Severine v T Fleming, Kristen Loria, Kendra Johnson and Cara Siprelle.

  • ATTRA Master Publication List

    ATTRA, the National Agricultural Information Service, has an incredible collection of publications on various sustainable farming topics, from field crops to farm start-up to business and risk management. Check out this database for all your educational resource needs!

  • Center for Environmental Farming Systems

    The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

  • Farmland Information Center's Farmland Protection Toolbox

    A fact sheet providing a description of tools and techniques that state and local governments utilize to protect farmland and ensure the economic viability of agriculture, now and into the future.

  • Landowner's Toolbox for Sustainable Farm Leasing

    The landowner's guide to sustainable farm leasing!

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension County Offices

    Find and contact your county's agricultural extension agent through this state-wide list, and explore the educational and technical assistance offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

  • Resource Library: California Farm Link

    California Farm Link has an extensive general resource library on the following topics: farm business management, financing, land access and tenure, land trusts & conservation, farm succession planning, farm production resources, farm policy and advocacy, and more. Check it out!

  • Sample Short Term Lease

    A sample short term lease created by Land for Good.

  • Small Farmer Listservs from NC Cooperative Extension

    A group of listservs created by Debbie Roos to foster connection and communication across small farming communities. Subscribe to applicable lists, and use as a resource for events, news, and a place to post your burning questions and learn from other farmers.

  • The Landowner's Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing (Drake University Agricultural Law Center)

    This guide is written to assist landowners in understanding their role as a landlord and a steward of the land, encourage open communication between landowner and tenant, and ultimately aid in the development of a lease agreement that is beneficial to all parties.

  • Web Resources on Sustainable Production

    A compilation of resources on sustainable production practices from Chatham County Extension's Growing Small Farms project.

  • WNC Farm Link

    A helpful, comprehensive list of farmland access-related resources compiled by WNC Farm Link divided into 3 categories: land access resources, financing your farmland, and legal support.

Service Providers

  • Blue Ridge Aromatics

    Blue Ridge Aromatics is a craft essential oil distillery in WNC. We are always looking for "waste" or bulk aromatic plants to process into essential oils (including conifer branches). We also offer contract distillation services for herb/flower farmers.

  • Breezy Cat Realty / Breezy Cat Graphics

    Experienced broker primarily focused on land and farms. Also provides professional graphic design and marketing services. Lives on a 23 acre farm with an office in downtown Hillsborough. Transactions support local non-profits. Landowner and farmer references available.

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

    The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need.

  • Casey & Company Realty, LLC

    Casey and Company Realty is a much different than most real estate companies. We offer the traditional real estate services in addition to connecting farmers and landowners to other resources such as forestry services, pond assessment, business plans and marketing services.

  • Conservation Trust for North Carolina

    CTNC and local land trusts work with landowners to voluntarily conserve their land, through conservation easements or sale to a conservation-minded buyer, helping ensure that farms stay in farms and farmers have opportunities to access affordable farmland.

  • Farm Better Now

    With over 30 years in farming, I can help you gain the needed edge to be successful. Strong skills in branding / marketing, farm enterprise budgets / recordkeeping, soil management, site selection, group facilitation, cattle / sheep / poultry enterprises, and IT resources

  • MassMutual Financial Group - Jason Grantham

    MassMutual North Carolina works closely with farmers across NC to provide holistic financial planning including estate planning, life insurance, retirement planning and more.

  • NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation (ADFP) Trust Fund

    The ADFP Trust Fund encourages the preservation of agricultural, horticultural & forest lands to foster the growth, development & sustainability of family farms. We assist in the preservation of NC’s agricultural economy by providing grants to county governments & non-profit organizations for perpetual and term conservation easements, county agricultural plans, & agriculture development projects.

  • NC Agricultural Finance Authority

    Essentially operating as the NC 'Agricultural Bank' NCAFA originates, services, and finances loans in the agricultural sector that would otherwise not be made.

  • North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation

    NC Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. is a private, non-profit, grassroots organization that has been actively promoting farm and rural issues since 1936 through governmental relations, marketing, field representation, agricultural education, member services and other programs.

  • Organic Growers School

    The Organic Growers School works to inspire, support and educate people to farm, garden, and live organically in the Southern Appalachians.

  • Outside My Window, LLC

    Outside My Window's focus is to share meaningful ways an organization, small businesses, and farmers can build their business through marketing by sharing of family stories, expertise, products, and offer services such as grant writing and research for other means of funding.

  • Piedmont Land Management Inc

    We offer custom tillage and agronomy services to farms in Eastern NC. We also offer on site equipment repair and service.

  • Planning for an Agricultural Future: A Guide for NC Farmers and Local Governments

    A guide to North Carolina's statewide efforts to protect farmland for the future, including topics like agricultural planning, local government tools, conservation programs and easements, land trusts, and economic viability strategies.

  • Richard Hibbits, NAI Carolantic Realty, Inc.

    Need help working out a lease that is fair to both Land Owner and Farmer that will cover the transition from conventional farming to certified organic? My 40 years of experience with commercial leases may be of some help at no cost to either party.

  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

    Our Farmland Protection Program provides farmers with capital to help maintain their farm business. Our Farmland Access Service provides farmers with opportunities to purchase or lease affordable farmland so that they can initiate or expand agricultural businesses.

  • Symbiosis Design/Build LLC

    We are your sustainability consultant and contractor. Our firm specializes in greenhouse construction, water systems and compost solutions. We can help you attain your dreams via the infrastructure needed for a successful farm or homestead.

  • The Branan Law Firm, PLLC

    Legal services related to land and commercial aspects of farming and natural resource management, including purchase/sale transactions, leases, contracts, property tax counsel, estate planning, entity (LLC) formation, land and timber partition. Publisher of "Planning the Future of Your Farm" workbook. Experienced in helping new farmers and landowners manage expectations.

  • WNC FarmLink

    WNC Farm Link is a partnership facilitating successful relationships between farmers looking for land to farm, and landowners aspiring to keep their farm and forest land in agriculture in Western NC.

  • Zev Friedman, Living Systems Design

    We work with landowners throughout site assessment, planning and implementation to help you grow a land project that sustains people, your farm eco-system and income generation goals, including customized educational services that give you and other residents the knowledge you need for your vision to thrive as a legacy.