My family owns 65 acres of land in northern New York State, near the town of Keeseville, about 40 miles from the Canadian border. We have long dreamed of building a vacation home there, but for various reasons that's not going to work out. The land has long frontage on the Ausable river, some wetlands, some forest woodlands, and some meadow. It has a good road and electric lines. There is an old barn that has been dismantled for lumber. Other than that, it is undeveloped. We are very reluctant to sell it because we love it, but we don't want the land to sit unused and unproductive.
So I am now exploring the idea of offering the land for lease to community members who have the skills and desires to create a permaculture farm, but lack the land. Perhaps it could be broken into 5 or 10 acres parcels. I would only be interested in a very nominal rent or share of proceeds, as long as the land was being put to good use.
I'm not sure how this would work, exactly, but I would like to float the idea and assess interest from the community and/or ideas about how such an arrangement could be structured.