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Why a Partnership, Rather than a Lease

I come from a farming family and I am the end of the line. I want to create an opportunity for a farmer to farm in spite of the fact that he or she did not inherit a family farm.

As my husband and I come to terms with shocking realities—neither of our children wants to farm, we are becoming too old and infirm to farm, most of the people who have wanted to rent our farm are not farmers—We need to make serious plans about mentoring. We want to do what we can to assure our new partner will lead a satisfying, successful, middle-class life as a farmer.

When I use the term “mentor,” I do not mean we can teach a non-farmer to be a farmer. We will not live that long. Learning to be a successful farmer requires a lifetime. We have encountered individuals who ask “How hard can farming be? It looks pretty basic.” We become mute, unable to respond, remembering unforeseen “surprises” we have encountered and understanding there is much we do not know and have yet to encounter. However we can share insights about our farm—-our experience with its climate, soil, irrigation, neighbors, markets, weeds, wildlife, and equipment. We consider and treasure experience elders and neighbors have shared with us.

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First Year With Partner

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Attributes We Seek in a Partner

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Partnership Agreement

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Values

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