These concepts might be new to you, and there is a lot of information here to process.
As a landowner with a heart to enrich your property AND your relationships,
here's a high-level view of some practical action steps.
DISCOVER SOIL HEALTH
The health of your soil is linked to the long-term viability of your land. Farming methods that build up the health of your soil can provide benefits to you, as well as to your farmer and the larger community.
Learn the basics of these management strategies and how they can apply on your farm.
TALK WITH YOUR FARMER
Have a conversation with your farmer about your goals and future plans for managing the land. Find out where you have common ground and how you can get there together.
PUT YOUR PLAN ON PAPER
A written lease is a simple-but-effective communication tool that documents the goals and actions that you and your farmer have agreed to in your conversation.
The length of the lease can also provide certainty to the farmer that they will maintain control of the land long enough to see a return on investment in soil health. And since soil health is a long-term strategy, it may be helpful to begin thinking now about developing a lease with a longer time frame for the benefit of all.