What is Finger Lakes LandLink?
The Finger Lakes LandLink is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. The purpose of LandLink is to facilitate connections between land owners and land seekers in the Finger Lakes region. The long term goal of the Land Link project is to establish successful farming enterprises, keep land in farming, and foster the transition of leased farm land to farm ownership. This project builds the support system to create linkages between farmers and landowners thereby increasing the successful establishment and expansion of farming enterprises while keeping land in active farming contributing to the local economy.
The LandLink database stores information about land available for lease, loan or sale for beginning and established farmers in the 14 counties comprising the Finger Lakes region. It likewise has a listing of land seekers. Both land owner and land seeker listings are searchable by pertinent agricultural criteria.
This service is free and confidential. If the land owners or land seekers do not wish to have their contact information listed on the database, Cornell Cooperative Extension staff will serve as the intermediary between landowners and land seekers.
How it works:
First, both land owners and land seekers will need to create an account. Once your account is approved by the website manager, your listing will be entered into the database and you will have access to the other database listings.
Second, once your listing is approved by the website manager it will appear in the database and will be active for one year. After one year, you will receive and automated email with the option to renew or remove your listing. You can update your listing at any time by logging into your account.
Third, you can search either the land owner or land seeker listings to find an appropriate match. Both land owners and land seekers have the option to either be contacted directly or to have all inquiries go though the website manager at Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Fourth, once a connection has been made between a land owner and land seeker both parties can request assistance from Cornell Cooperative Extension or utilize the resources listed on this website to draft an equitable lease.