FARMLINK

NWA FARMLINK is open to all farm seekers from anywhere and farmland owners with property in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties. Farmers interested in growing fruits and vegetables are especially encouraged to participate as the demand for fresh, local foods increases.

FARMLAND LEASE PROGRAM

The Farmland Lease Program (the “Program”) is available to beginning and experienced farmers who are interested in fruit and or vegetable production. Approved applicants will have access to water and electric utility infrastructure, shared access to farm equipment and harvesting facilities with neighboring participant farmers. In addition, farmers accepted into the program will have access to education, training, and other resources to help them succeed.

FARMLAND ACCESS FUND

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT) is proud to support the NWA Food Systems Initiative by focusing on growing farmers by increasing their access to farmland as well as resources to farm, and by preserving vital farmland for growing fruits and/or vegetables. Through the NWA Food Systems Farmland Access Fund, (FAF) the land trust helps farmers find farms to grow fruits and/or vegetables on their own. Through a voluntary conservation easement process supported by the fund, the cost of the farmland is reduced, forever protected, and it is more likely to support a viable farm business.

NWA FARMLAND, FARMERS AND CROPS BY THE NUMBERS

1.2 Million Acres of Farms in NWA
6,613 total number of farms | NWA
665 acres of fruit, vegetables and nut production
231 Fruit, Vegetable and Nut Farms in NWA

Source: USDA Ag Census 2017

NWALT FARMS IS PART OF THE NWA FOOD SYSTEMS INITIATIVE, WHICH AIMS TO GROW MORE FARMERS AND STRENGTHEN THE REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM.

PURPOSE

The family farm is no longer passed down from generation to generation, and new farmers need support in their journey to farm, while farmland owners plan their farm legacy.

SERVICE

ServiceNWALT Farms offers NWA Farm-Link, Farmland Leasing, and the Farmland Access Fund to help farmers access affordable land and support the growth of their farm businesses.

HELPING FARMERS ACCESS FARMLAND IN NWA

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