The Land Conservancy offers a program called the Farmer Landowner Match Program. It is a way to connect farmers who are looking for land with landowners who have land that they want to lease or sell for agricultural use.
The program is intended for beginning farmers who need access to land. Conventional farmers who have been working in McHenry County over the years have built-in channels and ways of finding land, mostly through word-of-mouth or family. But often times beginning farmers don’t have the same advantages.
Are you a woman farmland owner who leases your land to a tenant farmer? Did you inherit the land from a male relative? Maybe you were never involved in the business end of the farm operation and have questions, but do not know who to talk with. You might be interested in "Women Caring for the Land Learning Circles."
TLC has been holding workshops, called Learning Circles, for women who own farmland. The concept came from an organization based in Iowa called the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. The Learning Circles are meant to provide a crucial link between women farmland owners and the resources they need to achieve their conservation goals by holding women-only meetings. Each meeting features a specific topic related to the business of farming or information on farmland management. Because the workshops are for women only, attendees feel free to raise questions, discuss challenges and get information on the wide range of resources available to them.
The topic of the first Learning Circle was soil health. Many of the women who attended expressed interest in learning more about leases, so that was the focus of the next offering. The third program is still in the planning phase.