Should a home­owner al­low oth­ers to use prop­erty

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RI own a home that sits on about one-anda-half acres that is very close to a high school. The back part of my plot is a 20,0000-square-foot plot that was a fal­low corn­field when we moved in. The agri­cul­tural science teacher has asked me if I might al­low the school to use it as a teach­ing gar­den. I know noth­ing of the le­gal­i­ties and prac­ti­cal­i­ties of pro­ceed­ing with im­ple­ment­ing the idea. The plot has no sep­a­rate en­trance, and I am also wor­ried about li­a­bil­i­ties, not to men­tion my home­owner’s in­sur­ance. Do you have any ad­vice for me in re­gards to this sit­u­a­tion?

There is al­ways a risk when al­low­ing oth­ers ac­cess to your prop­erty. There can also be re­wards. The idea sounds like a pos­i­tive way to sup­port the school, the stu­dents and the broader com­mu­nity by con­tribut­ing the land use.

Meet with the teacher and ex­plain that you are in­trigued and that you would like to learn more be­fore you can make a de­ci­sion. Tell him you have some ques­tions. Once you have met with the teacher, you will have some an­swers, or ad­di­tional ac­tion steps the school must pro­vide to ad­vance the idea. Here are some ques­tions to ask:

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