Assuming that you already have access to the land where you plan to farm (either own it or lease it), one of the first steps to take before starting an agricultural operation is to confirm that the property’s zoning district enables you to farm on it. You can easily check your zoning at the Alachua County website.
If you use the land for commercial agricultural purposes, you may qualify for agricultural classification, sometimes called agricultural property tax exemption. Agricultural tax “exemption” does not mean that farmers are exempt from paying property taxes, it is simply a different tax classification. If the land changes ownership, the new owner must reapply for agricultural classification. You can review the guidelines and application form for agricultural exemption online or you may visit the local property appraiser office at:
515 N Main St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Ph: (352) 374-5230.
For additional resources on accessing land for farming contact Dr. Kevin Athearn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other sections – Starting a Farm in Alachua County:
- Choosing and growing your crop successfully
- General resources for new farmers
- Education opportunities