Most people who got into farming and ranching did so through some sort of “sweetheart deal.” My father had no money, but he had a wife and two kids and wanted to provide for that family by farming. He found a farmer and built a relationship, resulting in a land contract on 40 acres. He eventually owned it, fixed up a falling down house, and made a decent living for us.
Perhaps you and your neighbors could work together to find some land for a beginner. Perhaps you can speak to farmers or ranchers who will retire soon about the importance of building your town in this way? Imagine bragging at the local coffee shop about helping a young family get started in farming or ranching.