The Leelanau Conservancy just launched a long-awaited website designed to connect farmers with available farmland. The program called Farmer to Farmer (f2fmi.com) also allows landowners to promote their property to prospective growers. Similar to FarmLink programs in other states, Farmer to Farmer is a new take on farmland access and support.
Farmer to Farmer also provides an agricultural job-seeker board to connect growing farms with a qualified labor pool. The project is a partnership of the Leelanau Conservancy, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, MSU Extension, and Taste the Local Difference. For the moment, Farmer to Farmer is focused only on Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska and Manistee counties. But there are plans for expansion to other counties throughout Michigan in the future.
Here’s a link to a recent story in the Traverse City Ticker, and a blog post on the TLD website.