See also: Mid-Region Council of Governments’ Local Food Resource Page

Legal Referral Network

Central New Mexico LandLink offers resources and assistance to beginning and established farmers. Our free legal referral network, made up primarily of real estate attorneys, can help with business planning and provide legal assistance during the land transfer process.

Pro Bono Resources
Other Legal resources

If you know of any other resources, please email them to LandLink at so we can share them with farmers and ranchers like you! Farm Commons is an online resource with a variety of guides and forms on numerous topics with farmers.

  • Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Sample Lease Agreement
  • A Guide to Farmland-Use Agreements in New Mexico
Councils and associations
organic certification
irrigation and water
nm cooperative extensions
Farmland preservation
NW region of New Mexico
  • Northwest New Mexico New Farmer Network: The NWNM New Farmer Network works with specialty crop farmers to connect them with landowners looking to lease their land to be farmed.
  • Buy Fresh Buy Local Northwest New Mexico: The mission of Buy Fresh Buy Local NWNM is to support, strengthen, and advocate for the local food system. Our goal areas are health, economic vitality, and accessibility.
  • San Juan College Harvest Food HubThe San Juan College Harvest Food Hub, and EDA University Center project, is strengthening the local food system in San Juan County by working with farmers and businesses to increase sales and consumption of locally grown produce. The goal of the food hub is to increase market opportunities for local farmers into restaurants, schools, and other retail outlets and institutions.
other local resources
national resources
  • Farmland Access Legal Toolkit: A free, web-based resource designed to proved legal tools to new farmers looking to access land and retiring farmers ready to transfer land to a new generation. 
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Their extensive publications are a must see. From soil management and composting to marketing and risk management, they have the information you seek.
  • Startup Incubators: Via Tufts University Sustainable Farming Project: National Incubator Farm Training Initiative