This project is designed to demonstrate long term sustainable farming practices at the Shenandoah County Farm. This is a full systems approach that integrates all aspects of long-term farmland sustainability. Sustainable in this context has three distinct meanings.
First, the farm demonstrations will showcase farming practices that are environmentally sound. A multitude of Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be installed and practiced to showcase environmentally-sound agriculture.
Second, the farm will be sustainable from the viewpoint of farm profitability. Farmers cannot stay in business without being profitable. This demonstration is being carried out by the farmer who is leasing the land.
Finally, the farm will be sustainable from the viewpoint of the landowner. Often landowners will not invest in fencing, building repair, or BMPs because of a lack of certainty that they will recover their investment from land rent. This project will integrate all of the agricultural lands on the Shenandoah County Farm (approximately 150 acres) into this Sustainable Farm Demonstration.
- Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Brochure
- Progress Report March 2018
- Leasing Tips from Extension Agent Tom Covey Year 2003
- How to Determine the Right Farm Rental Rate
- Renting Agricultural Land
- North Central Farm Management Extension Committee (NCFMEC) Rental Agreement Lease Forms
- Leasing Farmland in New Jersey: A Guide for Landowners and Farmers
- Vermont New Farmer Project
- Farm Management, Rental and Economics Resources
- Ag Lease 101
- Owning and Leasing Agricultural Real Estate
- What Can I Rent My Land For?