[Market-farming] farm transition ideas?

KAKerby at aol.com KAKerby at aol.com
Mon Apr 14 18:16:34 EDT 2014

We're facing a lot of the same issues.  My first question is - where  are 
you located?  There are a number of local, regional and state programs  to 
help guide that transition; I can think of at least three within my local  
area.  But they are often geographically oriented, meaning that programs  here 
wouldn't be applicable to whatever area you're in.  Even providing  
county/state would be helpful.  Second, have you spoken with any attorneys  and/or 
lenders in your area to start to get some options lined up?  Those  
conversations don't tie you into any one option; they just help flesh out which  
options you have and what they'd look like in your day-to-day life.  Third,  
would your continuance of the farm operations constitute business-as-usual for  
that farm, and merely be a change in who's holding the reins?  Or would  
your management involve changes to the products being sold, operations being  
conducted, equipment/facilities being used?  The more similar the  
operation, the easier that transition is going to be to "sell" to a variety of  
third-party groups who might help shepherd that ownership transition.  On  the 
other hand, if you have very different ideas on what you intend to do with  
that property, you'd have to show a lot more paper trail for how you're going 
to  do it.  So that matters too.
You're in very good company.  Lots and lots of folks (including us)  are 
facing the same scenario.  There's no one right answer here.  If  you lived 
here I'd refer you to the various training seminars and non-profit  groups who 
are working to keep farmland in farming hands.  It's a big  enough issue 
that most areas will have something similar.  So a bit more  info on your 
location would be a good starting point.
Kathryn Kerby
Snohomish, WA
In a message dated 4/14/2014 2:49:01 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
bestici at hotmail.com writes:

I have been farming for over 10 years now.  I don't have  land of my own, 
don't come from a farming background, don't have a partner, or  an immediate 
family.  I have been blessed enough to find land to work on  and learn 
skills.  And I want to farm.  My mentors are childless and  would like their 
lives' work, their farm, to stay a working farm.  They  would like to also stay 
on the farm.  We are working together to see if  there is a way for me to 
purchase their farm from them, however, I am not a  wealthy woman.  
I am reaching out to this group to see if anyone is  familiar with a 
similar situation.  Or has any thoughts on how such a  farm transfer could take 
place.    Happy Spring.    


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