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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.

Common Ground Fair (Unity, Maine)

Farm Succession Planning Workshop
September 23, 2017 at 11:00am
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Farm transfer is the process of passing a farm business and/or farm property from one generation or owner to the next. A Conversation for beginning, established and retiring farmers presented by Jo Barrett, Land For Good; and Daniel McPhee, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

Negotiating Leases Workshop
September 23, 2017 at 5:00pm

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Leases can offer affordable, flexible and secure access to farms, land, and buildings. If you’re a new or beginning farmer, leasing farmland may be an effective way to overcome one of your biggest challenges to getting on the land. If you’re a landowner who wants to make land available for farming, leasing land with a well-planned approach can be a “win-win” for you, your land and your community. Presented by Jo Barrett, Land For Good; Elaine Bourne, Maine Agricultural Mediation Program; and Daniel McPhee, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

 

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*

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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.
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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.
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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 funding for farmers to receive succession planning technical assistance such as from an attorney, financial planner, succession coach or appraiser, for example. Details provided at the Succession School or by contacting kathy@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