First of all I do not want to diminish what amounted to slavery in the sharecropping of 100+ years ago, but I feel that sharecropping should be promoted as a viable option in this day and age. Curtis Stone had demonstrated this by farming in peoples back yards in the city. My position is I want to eat better, I have land, I have water, I have access to compost and have friends with horses that I can get all the manure I want. What I don't have is the time, experience or desire to be a vegetable farmer. I have to believe there are many people in my position just as there are many people without land that want to take a run at running a market garden. We just have to connect the two parties.
The key to making this successful is to create a mutually beneficial arrangement between the land owner and the sharecropper. Also I'm not sure this would work where the land owner is looking to get the maximum return on the land. I my case I have an acre or two that I don't use other than mowing, so anything I get would be a bonus. There are many zoning problems with providing housing on site for the sharecropper, but if that issue can be solved then that raises the viability for the sharecropper. Further there would have to be some expectation of a long term arrangement. No one wants to spend time and money building soil only to have ti taken away from them.
What do you permies think about this.
I am looking for someone to do vegetable farming on my land in Ypsilanti MI. I can easily provide 2 acres of land off the road and water and initially get paid just in produce. As it scales up and becomes profitable I would get a share of the profit. My land is on a main road that has about 7,000 cars a day drive by so a farm stand should be a way to sell produce. Additionally there are a couple thousand houses within 1/4 mile, so some kind of home delivery service could also be considered. Also there is also a farmers market less than 5 miles away. If anyone in the area is interested send me a message.