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What Are Some Resources That Might Help Me Find Cheap Land?

9/8/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: land, grants, farming

I want to buy some land, preferably more than 40 acres, and build my house on it and begin organic farming. Are there any federal grants to help you buy land specifically for agricultural use? Is there cheap land anywhere? What are the best websites to find cheap land? Thank you and keep up the great work!

Andrew Shinn
Asheboro, North Carolina

Finding the perfect land (and the funding for it) is not an easy undertaking, but thankfully there are many helpful resources to assist you. For those wishing to delve into the wonderful world of organic farming, the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) is an excellent place to start. Their Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunitiespage has just what you’re looking for, including advice on how to locate land that suits your purpose, how to obtain financing, and how to specialize your endeavor for today’s market trends. As far as grants for 2008 are concerned, it’s too late to apply for some, but because you’re still looking for land, I assume 2009 is the timeframe you had in mind. The type and availability of grants will vary depending on the outcome of the farm bill, but the current bill is likely to be extended for another year. Watch the regularly updated funding opportunities listed on ATTRA’s (National Sustainable Agriculture Network) website, and contact your local USDA Rural Development office (here’s the contact info for North Carolina) for other options regarding grants. You can read more about finding land in How to Find Your Dream Homestead. Best of luck!

 Alison Rogers, assistant editor

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11/21/2010 4:52:06 PM
Hello -My name is Wayne Isaac and we live in Pine River Manitoba Canada,and have an organic hempseed farm for sale. It is a beautiful farm ,over 1600 acres. Pictures and info can be found on ( organic hemp seed farm Pine River Manitoba Canada.You can contact me at 1-204-648-7597( or my broker Tom Dalrymple at 1-204-726-8999 ( This is productive land with ample rain and a # 2 soil. Take a peak at the websites to see how we grow hempseed in Canada. Thanks and let's keep our countries green and sustainable Wayne Isaac

11/2/2010 1:17:22 PM
Andrew says he is looking for some beautiful land and good opportunities. This is definitely a buyers market and I visited some land in Virginia not long ago surrounded on all 3 sides by national forest. Has fishing, etc. He could look at that. I would buy if I could.

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