I would love to see some of the vacant lots in our city converted to a mini urban farm and was looking for advice about how to approach the owner. I want to approach them with an offer of using the land to grow food and dividing the yield between the owner, the workers and local community rather than renting the land from them. The obvious fear that land owners have is that the garden will compromise their ability to sell the land or build a carpark or building on it later. So, I was considering creating a contract that basically says that the rights of the land remain with the owner, that we will only build garden beds on top of the land, that we will get off the land within X months notice and we will remove the gardens. The benefits to the owner are they get some organic produce, their land is enhanced in some way (potentially increasing their chances of selling it) and they get to feel good about themselves (with bragging rights) for doing something for the community and the environment with no effort nor risk to themselves.
So ... any suggestions or advice? Would this work? Any examples of this already working or examples of a contract?