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Events and Training

June 13 – 15, 2017 • Denver Colorado
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Land For Good staff host mixers, workshops and training across the region, typically with local or regional partners. We are also frequent speakers, panel organizers or moderators at other local, regional and national events.


Upcoming Events

New and Novel Land Financing Methods
NOFA VT Winter Conference
February 18, 2017
at University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, More info

  • Special two-part workshop for farm seekers and other community members who want to explore less traditional ways to finance land acquisition. We’ll share our findings from our new report about emerging farmland investor models and also discuss crowd-funding examples, land contracts and the new Land Contract Guarantee Program, land cooperatives, and community land trust among other methods. Registration is required.

Farm Bill Primer and Listening Session
NOFA VT Winter Conference
February 18, 2017
at University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, More info

  • Believe it or not, the next farm bill is just around the corner! In preparation, Sophia Kruszewski from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) – in partnership with NOFA-VT and Cris Coffin from Land for Good – will host a session to review the process for reauthorizing the federal Farm Bill and to drill down into programs, policies, and needs relevant to New England farmers and food advocates. NSAC is a anational advocate for sustainable and organic agriculture programs and policies, and the session will provide an opportunity for participants to share their thoughts on NSAC campaign priorities, and to learn more about Farm Bill organizing efforts in Vermont and around the region. The workshop is open to farmers, ranchers, and advocates with all levels of policy expertise (including none at all!).  Registration is required.

NH Farmer Mixer for Beginning & Senior Farmers
February 21, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm
at Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company
2415 White Mountain Highway, West Ossipee, NH
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  • Free interactive workshop for NH farmers to better understand the options, resources and steps to accessing or transferring farm or farmland. Are you a farmer looking for land to lease or buy? A land owner looking to make your land available for farming? Come meet with a panel of 10 services providers who will answer your questions related to farming and land access, transfer and tenure.

Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show
March 9, 2017
at Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA, More info or Register

  • Farm Succession & Transfer Workshop: Succession is an essential part of a successful and sustainable farm business. This workshop will help to guide you toward a successful planning outcome for you, your family and your farm whether or not you have an identified successor. It’s never too early–or too late–to plan for your future and the future of your farm. Workshop presented by Kathy Ruhf, LFG’s Senior Program Manager, Attorney Rich Cavanaugh of Common Grown Land Preservation & Cultivation, and Mike Smolak of Smolak Farms.

Non-Farming Landowners Workshop
March 13, 2017
7:00 – 8:30pm
at La Grua Center
32 Water Street, Stonington, CT
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  • A FREE workshop for CT landowners. Have you considered making your land available for Farming? This free workshop will help you understand your land’s potential for farming and what goes into a good farming arrangement; realize benefits & opportunities; identify your personal,

RI Farm Succession Planning Workshop
March 20, 2017

6:00 – 8:00pm
at Sandywoods Farm
Yellow Building, 73 Muse Way Road, Tiverton, RI
More information or Register now

  • Free interactive workshop to help RI farmers and landowners plan for succession and transfer. Learn steps to take to facilitate a family discussion, tax and financial considerations and strategies, estate planning, lease arrangements, and preservation options, plus legal resources available.

Professional Training for Farm Succession Advisors
May 3 – 4, 2017
The Falls Center, Manchester, NH, More info

  • 2-Day Seminar for Attorneys and Providers who work with farmers. Build your skills and proficiency in assisting farm families through transition; become or find a farm succession practice mentor; connect with other farm service providers in your state and form teams to deliver quality succession assistance to farmers; plus learn from legal experts. A structured curriculum will be combined with networking and state-level team building. Registration will open March 1, 2017.

Changing Lands, Changing Hands National Conference
June 13 – 17, 2017
Denver, Colorado, More info

  • A National Conference on Farm and Ranch Access, Tenure and Transfer: Land access, agricultural land tenure and farm succession are priority challenges for US agriculture. USDA and groups across the country are addressing these issues with research, policies, programming and professional development. In cooperation with USDA, Land For Good will host Changing Lands, Changing Hands, a national conference on these topics. Early bird registration will open February 1, 2017.










Where We’ve Been

Selected Presentations

  • Sponsor, Facilitator and Opening Remarks, Farmland Access and the Importance of Networks for Service Providers, Beginning Farmer Network of MA (BFN/MA) Fall Forum, Charlton MA, Nov. 2013.
  • Farmland Access, Tenure and Transfer: Conservation Tool and Context, Panel on Working Lands Conservation, 5th Regional Conservation Partnership Gathering, Nashua NH, Nov. 2013
  • Affordability (panel presenter and moderator), Farmland Access and Affordability Forum, Wethersfield CT, Oct. 2013
  • Co-Sponsor, organizer and presenter, New England Farmland Convening, Portsmouth NH, May 2013
  • Agriculture Trends in MA and New England and Land Conservation, Mt. Grace Conservation Land Trust, Athol MA, 2013
  • Land For Good’s Approach to Farmland Access, JUST Land national gathering, Land Stewardship Project, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Access to Land for Beginning Farmers, National Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Annual Conference, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Leasing Your Protected Farmland for Agricultural Use, Rhode Island Land and Water Summit, Kingston RI, 2010
  • Land Access, Leasing, Land Trusts and More, Drake Agricultural Law Center Forum on Beginning Farmers, Washington DC,, 2010
  • Farm/Ranch Succession Education, Programs and Services, Changing Lands, Changing Hands national conference, Denver CO, 2009
  • Farmland Access and Transfer, Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA 2009
  • Annual conference, Massachusetts Association of Agriculture Commissions 2009.
  • What’s the Plan for the Farm?, Michigan Land Use Institute, Traverse City MI, 2007
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Beginning Farmers, Small and Beginner Farmers of NH conference, October 2007