California Farm Link:
Facilitate Farm Transfers leases and Purchase.
California farmers 65 and older out number farmers under 35 -9:1 ( 2007 ag census)
In California about 50,000 acres of good farming land are paved over annually.
Small Farms increasing: in 2007 1-9 acres 25,200 farms
10-49 acres 25,200 farms.
More people are staying on farms, and going back to the ‘land’. Small farms are growing .
Farm Link Services for aspiring Farmers: Referral List, 500 Subsidized assistance.
Work shops and assistance.
Equity Building. Farm loan programs.
What to look for in Farming?:
-Is it too hot or too cold for certain crops?
-Does it have enoug chill hours ( under 45 degrees) for certain fruit.
Location: Distance to-
-Other jobs, etc.
Source, where does it come from?
Is there a well? How does it pump?
Is there potential for it to run dry?
Are there water rights to a stream?
Is a pump available, how old and how much?
Irrigation: Are there buried main lines in place? Is there water storage?
Who will pay for the improvements
-Power? Solar? Electric gas?
Does the owner have equipment for use: rent or purchase.
Can you store the equipment on site.
Are the time allotments for noise?
-Does housing come with property?
Is it below market rate?
Will the owner be willing to reduce rental rate with cultivation of property.
Compatibility with owner ( if lease or partnership) mentor ship opportunity etc.
Use experienced farmer to evaluate:
Small Farm advisers
Lease with option.
Why have a written lease?
Get it all on the table up front.
Legal protection for all parties
Process for conflict resolution
AG Commissioner ( certified producer certificate)
NRCS Cost share program.
Lease considerations: Sample lease, lease meetings
Lease rates: American society of Farm Managers & Rural appraisers
Contract: Force you to think through and provides flexibility.
-Safe to test farming bussiness.
-Annual row crops, grazing.
-Building relationships, \Market, long term crops.
Orchards, Big Infrastructure.
Elements of a good lease:
rent (Crop share or cash)
Maintenance & repair.
Assignment or subletting
Option to renew
First right of refusal.