As land prices climb, small farmers look to leasing as a way to stay in the game

August 10, 2018

By Staff

While managing their produce farm in Berks County six years ago, Deirdre and Trey Flemming searched for open farmland and better schools for their kids. Ideally, they wanted to lay claim to land in Chester County.

But property in Chester County isn’t cheap, and what’s available is often quickly snapped up and converted into equestrian property or used for other commercial ventures. And like many small farmers, the Flemmings, who own the certified organic Two Gander Farm, couldn’t afford to pay at least $1 million for just 20-some acres of land. Then a tip came their way: Did they know 10 acres of farmland was available in Downingtown?

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