Encouraging on-farm marketing in your lease agreement can enable farmers to diversify the crops grown on your land. It can also provide additional revenue, which can further enable the adoption of sustainable farm practices.

As discussed in the Chapter Four of “The Landowner’s Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing,” agricultural leases give tenants the exclusive use and possession of the premises. However, it is important to set forth uses that expand on conventional agricultural practices within the lease agreement. This includes provisions specifically allowing for on-farm sales or agritourism activities.

The allowance of on-farm sales raises additional considerations that should be understood by both parties and addressed within the lease agreement. These include:

  • indemnification regarding liability to third-party visitors
  • licensing and health regulations
  • zoning restrictions

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