Farmland Opportunities

DEM Farmland Access Clearing House

This link will take you to RI DEM’s Farmland Access Clearing House page where you will find many options to lease or purchase farmland, or even sell your development rights.

Little Compton Farmland Lease Available


The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT) seeks farmers interested in farming in a Southern New England coastal farm community located 45 minutes from Providence and 75 minutes from Boston. With its maritime climate moderating extreme seasonal temperatures, Little Compton and its neighboring South Coast towns in Massachusetts enjoy the longest growing season in New England (Zone 7, on par with mid-Atlantic states).

Since 1986, the LCACT has successfully protected 2,142 acres of rural land in Little Compton from development and owns 657 acres, a portion of which is potentially available for lease to farmers.

LCACT welcomes farm lease proposals from candidates with:
· 3yrs or more years of farming experience
· Solid farming references
· A plan to develop an agricultural enterprise intended to gross approximately $50,000 per year within 5yrs of start-up
· Financial resources (or access to financing) for start-up costs.

Click HERE for more details.

Farmland Opportunities

Some of the specific categories from the DEM page are broken out below.

State Listing of Ag Land Leases: This link will bring you to the current list of State Ag Land leases.

Contact Land for Good: Need one-on-one help finding the right piece of farmland for you? Contact Land for Good to sign up for free consultation with their RI Field Agent, Katie Steere. Land For Good is a regional organization working to help farmers access land across the New England region.

DEM’s Farmland Access Program: This new program, currently in the start-up phase, allows the Department to partner with the State’s Agricultural Land Preservation Commission to purchase farmland, protect it, and affordably sell it to farmers looking for land. Stay tuned for future farmland purchase opportunities.

Recommended farmland listing websites:

  • New England Farmland Finder: A regional clearinghouse for farmland opportunities across New England. Find a farm, post your farmland opportunity, or find resources for farmland seekers and landowners interested in making their land available for farming.

FOR LANDOWNERS – Do you have farmland available for sale or lease?

If you have farmland FOR SALE:

  • Post your opportunity on New England Farmland Finder
  • Consider DEM’s Farmland Access Program. For farmland owners who are ready to sell their land, this program provides an alternative to development. We pay fair market value for farmland and will ensure your farm remains in agriculture. Once DEM purchases the land, we will place permanent agricultural restrictions on the property, and will then sell it to a farmer who is looking for additional land or just starting out. Contact Michelle Sheehan for more information or to have your property considered for purchase.
  • Contact Land For Good to sign up for landowner assistance.

If you have farmland FOR LEASE: