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Upcoming Events

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.

Finding Farmland: Tools & Strategies for Affordable Land Access
July 11, 2018
12:00 – 5:00 pm
MOFGA Education Center, Unity ME, More info
  • Designed for aspiring and early career farmers, we will prepare you to approach your land access journey with confidence. Learn about programs for farmers seeking land in Maine, creative methods to secure land tenure, financing and affordability tools, working with a land trust to find and acquire farmland. Presented by National Young Farmers Coalition, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, and Land For Good. This event is free but registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Register now at youngfarmers.org/maine.
Land Access Workshop for New Farmers
July 26, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Middlesex Community College, Carole Cowan Center, Room LC107, Lowell, MA, More info
  • Designed for new farmers to help identify your land needs and navigate the land procurement process. This class will help you determine soil types, conservation and wildlife restrictions, zoning regulations, and infrastructure. Plus hear from industry professionals about things to consider to negotiate a lease, purchase a property, or plan a business, and you will learn how to access funds to get started. Presented by Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub, Farm Service Agency, Farm Credit East, New Entry alumni farmers, and Land For Good. This is a free event but registration is required. Register now at tfaforms.com/4681400. For more information contact New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at 978-654-6745. Ext. 106.

Make Farmland Leasing Work For You & Your Farm Workshop

NOFA Summer Conference
August 10, 2018

Hampshire College, Amherst MA, More info
  • We will discuss the basics of leasing farmland, including what is possible in a lease, negotiating a good lease agreement, how to protect your interests under a lease, and what steps to take to start your farming venture on leased land. Presented by Kathy Ruhf, Senior Program Director, and Jason Silverman, Massachusetts Field Agent, for Land for Good. Conference registration is required.

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