What we are looking for in our tenants

Our farm applicants must be able to show both that they are eligible for a county farm and that they are willing and able to contribute positively to Hampshire’s quality of place and environment.

Skills and experience

Sound agricultural technical knowledge.

At least five years' relevant practical farming experience. This can include formal agricultural training or agricultural college or university education.

Demonstrable business acumen, including matters that might impact upon their business.

A sound working knowledge of:

  • cash flows
  • budgets
  • health and safety
  • grant funding
  • agricultural and environmental legislation

Access to funding required to start up a farming enterprise. This includes ingoings for the holding and buying livestock, machinery and grain. The amount of funding required will vary from farm to farm.

Clear understanding of the importance of farming efficiently and sustainably; and recognise the ecological impact of farming.

Sound knowledge of how and why to restore, protect and improve soil health and water quality.

Awareness of the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture and ideas around how it could apply to a smallholding.


Enthusiasm for, and dedication to, the agricultural industry and sustainable, innovative farming.

Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to explore diversification and other business opportunities.

Commitment to achieving continuous improvement towards carbon-neutral farming.

Commitment to follow best practice to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon capture on-farm.

Desire to contribute towards biodiversity monitoring and enhancement.

Be willing to deliver to high animal welfare standards.

Be pragmatic, be flexible, have drive.

Next steps

If you think you are suitable to rent one of our available farms, you will need to follow our standard seven-step process.

Apply to become a tenant

Available farms to let