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Events and Training

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.

Land Access/ Transfer Info Session
Haverhill, NH

October 23, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
UNH Cooperative Extension
3855 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH, More info
A FREE workshop designed for NH farmers seeking to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. New farmers and members of the ag community seeking to buy or lease land will connect with advisors that can answer questions about how to plan, evaluate and buy farm property, qualify for funding, understand conservation easements, owner financing options, and much more. Hear from a panel of professionals: Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, BCM Environmental & Land Law, Hvizda Team Keller Williams, Land For Good, NH Agricultural Mediation ProgramNH Community Loan FundUNH Cooperative Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Vital Communities, and Yankee Farm Credit.
Registration is required. To reserve your seat, call Land For Good at (603)357-1600 or email cara[at]landforgood.org.

Increasing Farmland Access and Building Stronger Farms Through Conservation Workshop
Keene, NH

November 3, 2017
10:30am
at the NH Association of Conservation Districts’ Working Lands Conference
Courtyard Marriott
Keene, NH, More info
Now, more than ever, farmers and conservation groups are working together to protect farmland and get more land back into farming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of farmland protection, including what it means to sell your development rights. Farmer Stuart Adams, who recently conserved his family farm, will share his experiences. You’ll also hear about how farmers and nonprofits are working together to keep land in production and affordable for farmers. You will leave the workshop armed with action steps of how you can work with local nonprofits to protect your farm, access additional land, or find affordable land to buy.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so come with your questions and ideas! Presented by Stacy Gambrel, Monadnock Conservancy; Cara Cargil, Land for Good; and Stuart Adams, Windyhurst Farm.
Registration for the conference is required. They invite all NH veterans interested in learning more about farming & forestry practices and connecting with conservation partners and local farmers to attend the conference FREE OF CHARGE. Cheshire County farmers can use promo code FARMER to also attend the conference for FREE.

Tickets available through NH Association of Conservation Districts.

 

Farm Succession School for senior farmers and farm couples looking toward retirement and farm transition. Three locations: 

Massachusetts Farm Succession School
December 5, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 7, 2018
at the Massachusetts Farm Bureau, 249 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
Additional no-cost advisor assistance offered through MDAR for MA farmers who complete the school*

Register now

Connecticut Farm Succession School 
December 6, 2017
January 10, 2018
February 6, 2018
at the Connecticut Farm Bureau, 78 Beaver Road, Wethersfield, CT
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
Register now

Rhode Island Farm Succession School
December 8, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 8, 2018
at the USDA Service Center, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite #62, Warwick, RI
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
Register now

One of your biggest challenges is planning for farm succession. Attend the Farm Succession School! You’ll get structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage your family, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Topics include: goal setting, estate planning, retirement planning, family communications, taxes, legal structure, Medicaid, and bringing on a successor. See flyer for complete details

The Farm Succession School was offered this past winter (2016 – 2017) in ME, NH & VT. These small groups yielded big rewards! Farmers loved the amount of attention, and valued the trust and sharing that developed among the participants, regardless of scale or type of enterprise – and received the necessary structure and support to be successful with their succession planning. Read more

It opened my mind to all that’s involved and not be afraid to seek help from professionals,” said one participant.

It is important to discuss and communicate and keep working on it. You are always changing – do not let family dynamics, fear and anxiety keep you from work on YOUR plan!” commented one farmer.

 

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) Agricultural Business Training Program is partnering with LFG to offer additional technical assistance to Massachusetts farmers who complete the Succession School. MDAR will provide succession planning technical assistance through its Agricultural Business Training Program. Details provided at the Succession School or by contacting kathy[at]landforgood.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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