getting land

food_4_me(z5b Chicago)April 14, 2005

I'm in the city and have been in a process of searching for more gardening space. Besides community garden space I also put an ad up asking if anyone would want to exchange garden space for organic produce. I offered half the garden's produce for use of the land. I am also hoping they'll pay for compost. I don't know if this was a good offer or not. I was wondering if anyone out there has done anything like this and if you have suggestions or opinions?

thanks

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jayreynolds(zone 6/7)

In some areas, land in agricultural use get's favorable property tax exemptions. I was able to once get land use for free just by allowing the owner to receive this benefit.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 8:08AM
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breezyb(z6/7VA)

I'm not sure expecting them to pay for compost - or anything else for that matter - is a good idea.

Frankly, I think that their just having to make sure you're covered by their homeowner's or farm insurance would be enough, not to mention their also having to deal with your comings & goings.

If I were you, I'd be happy if someone just offered me the use of the land.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 12:06PM
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food_4_me(z5b Chicago)

Thanks for the input!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 12:09PM
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CzechChick(z5IL)

I was fortunate enough to be able to "borrow" land from someone with a very small farm. The challenge I have with this is I live quite a distance, so I have to travel to tend to it. The big benefit is the quality of soil. I've found that the more urban the area, especially in the Chicago area, the more it tends to be a whole lot of clay, (hard clay!) the further out you go, the more the area may have been farmed, therefor you don't need much in the way of compost, etc.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2005 at 12:45PM
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