SECOND ROUND APPLICATIONS accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2015.
Northampton MA, June 3, 2015 – To help farm families concerned with farm transfer and farmland access, American Farmland Trust today announces a second round of funding for Berkshire County farmers and farmland owners to defray some of the associated costs with these issues. In the first grant round, four farms each received $2500 grants to offset costs associated with planning for the transition of the farm to a next generation.
The John P. Farkas Fund will offer grants up to $2500 to help defray the costs of professional services associated with:
- Farm transfer and succession planning
- Farmland protection
- Selling or leasing farmland to a farmer
- Farm business planning associated with any of the above.
Second round applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of July 31, 2015.
More information, including the grant guidelines and a formal application, is available at www.berkshirefarmland.org.
For a paper copy of the application and grant guidelines, contact Peggy McCabe at American Farmland Trust. (413) 586-9330 ext. 17 or at pmccabe[at]farmland.org
This grant program is part of the Berkshire Farmland Initiative, which grew out of a three-year agricultural planning effort in Berkshire County. The Berkshire Farmland Initiative will: provide direct assistance and resources to farm families for farm succession planning and farm transfer strategies; help connect farmers and farmland owners seeking to sell or lease land with new and established farmers seeking to rent or buy; and develop a network of partners who can assess landowner and farmer needs and help direct individuals and families to the appropriate resources. Read more about the Initiative at www.berkshirefarmland.org.
Reprinted with permission.