welcome to the farmland access hub

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who is the farmland access hub 

The Farmland Access Hub is a consortium of partners including non-profits, government agencies, local companies, and private citizens dedicated to assisting beginning farmers with their quest for land tenure. By bringing together this large group we can make a greater impact on land tenure in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin by:

  • pooling resources and knowledge,
  • identify beginning farmers in need of assistance,
  • providing financial and technical resources,
  • to aid in a search for land tenure, and
  • search and discovery of suitable farmland.

the farmland access navigators:

helping beginning farmers be better prepared to search for and acquire farmland tenure!

Knowing how to farm and having a foundational understanding of farm finances does not translate into a new farmer being able to find, afford and secure land. To address the farmland access challenges facing beginning farmers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. We offer services that assists new, resource-limited farmers in developing a access plan that includes:

  • clarifying the farmers goals,
  • identifying priorities for suitable farmland,
  • fostering and building networks to help in the search,
  • develop basic literacy about types of financing are available,
  • reviewing personal financial readiness, 
  • assessing technical and practical farming skills reddiness,
  • studying elements of good and equitable farmland leases,
  • reviewing suitability of specific farms, and
  • providing specialized knowledge, expertise, and connections to professionals for further assistance.

These resources are offered as:

  • workshops,
  • email discussion group,
  • webinars,
  • day-long boot camps, and
  • one-on-one coaching with Farmland Access Navigators.

Our technical advisors include attorneys, real estate professionals, financial experts, and seasoned farmers.


ready to begin looking for farmland? Click here to fill out our intake form

or contact the nearest farmland access navigator directly:


Kate Edwards
Renewing the Countryside
Iowa City, IA
[email protected]

Amber Mohr
Forktakil Farm
Avoca, Iowa


Hannah Breckbill
Humble Hands Harvest 
Decorah, IA



Brett Olson
Renewing the Countryside
Zumbro Falls, MN
[email protected]


Jennifer Nelson
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
Plum City, WI
[email protected]

John Beaton
Co-Owner Fairhaven Farm
Duluth, MN
[email protected]

Katie Kubovcik
Prairie Smoke Gardens
St. Paul, MN
[email protected] 

Erin Schneider
Hilltop Community Farm
South Central, WI
[email protected] 

















































the farmland access hub is a partnership between:

Renewing the CountrysideCompeer FinancialThe Conservation FundDakota CountyFarmers’ Legal Action GroupThe Good AcreHmong American Farmers AssociationIroquois Valley FarmsLakewinds Food Co-opLand for GoodLand Stewardship ProjectMain Street ProjectMidwest Organic and Sustainable Education ServiceMighty Axe HopsMinnesota Department of AgricultureMinnesota Farmers UnionMinnesota Food AssociationThe Food GroupMinnesota Institute for Sustainable AgriculturePractical Farmers of IowaSustainable Farming AssociationTwin Cities Community Agricultural Land TrustUniversity of Minnesota Extension

visit our partners page for more information and contacts.

additional resources and information about the farmland access project, hub, and navigators



Sign up for a land access workshop, bootcamp or webinar  


Join the Farmland Access Discussion Group List

personalized assistance

Learn more about one-on-one guidance from our Farmland Access Navigators


Visit our resources page

farmland access hub members

Visit our partners page

finding farmland in the metro

Zoom Video Link HERE 

have farmland you'd like to sell or rent? Email us!

While the Farmland Access Hub is not a listing place for farmland (please see resources page for some in IA, MN, and WI), we do find it helpful to hear about farmland that may not be showing up on those pages listed. Farmland Access Navigators do refer to the listings on the resource pages often, but we know there are many other places where suitable farms are listed.


learn more about the Farmland Summit!

The Farmland Summit is convened by the Farmland Access Hub:

Renewing the Countryside, Compeer Financial, The Conservation Fund, Dakota County, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, The Good Acre, Hmong American Partnership, Hmong American Farmers Association, Iroquois Valley Farms, Lakewinds Food Co-op, Land for Good, Land Stewardship Project, Main Street Project, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Food Association/The Food Group, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Sustainable Farming Association, Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust, University of Minnesota Extension


For general information about this project, contact:
Jan Joannides
Renewing the Countryside
[email protected]



The Land Access Hub is supported by NIFA, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture