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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.

 

Current and Future Land Use: Understanding Easements, Opportunities and Limitations Workshop — VT
Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
January 18, 2019
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT
2:30 – 4:00pm
Conference registration required

  • Farmers often find themselves accessing land that is already under an easement or enrolled with Current Use Property Tax Program, or they may be considering making use of these tools. This workshop will give an opportunity learn more about these tools, benefits, and trade-offs.

Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm Workshop — MA
January 22, 2019
Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough   MA
(snow date: January 23rd)
5:00 – 7:00pm

  • Experts from Land for Good and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will provide tools and resources – including the state’s  Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program​ – to help you identify the next owner of the farm and take steps towards making the transition. Sponsored by MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program. To register, email Dorothy Du at Dorothy.Du@mass.gov – please include which date/location you will attend and how many people will be attending from your farm.

The Future of Your Farmland — MA
January 30, 2019
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule Street, Middleboro MA
1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Make the most of resources to help you plan for your land’s sustainability and future! Join us to discuss your long-term options for farmland in southeastern Massachusetts. Experts from the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, Wildlands Trust, Land for Good, and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will share financial and informational resources for smallscale landowners. This is a free event; light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Town of Middleborough Conservation Department in partnership with Mass Audubon. To register, please email Ariel at amaiorano@massaudubon.org.

Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm Workshop — MA
February 6, 2019
Red Barn at Hampshire College, Amherst MA
(snow date: February 7th)
5:00 – 7:00pm

  • Experts from Land for Good and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will provide tools and resources – including the state’s  Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program​ – to help you identify the next owner of the farm and take steps towards making the transition. To register, email Dorothy Du at Dorothy.Du@mass.gov – please include which date/location you will attend and how many people will be attending from your farm. Sponsored by MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Farm Business Planning Class — MA
February 12, 2019
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot Street, Beverly MA
6:00 – 9:00pm
Registration required

  • Jason Silverman, LFG’s Massachusetts Field Agent, will discuss land access, transfer and tenure. Plus resources available to farmers, such as New England Farmland Finder site, as well as things to consider for when leasing or buying land will be featured. Thanks to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for the invitation!

Transferring The Farm Workshop — VT
February 12, 2019
UVM Extension, 327 US Route 302, Berlin VT
(snow date: February 15th)
10:00am – 3:30pm
Register now

  • Workshop for farmers to learn key aspects and make informed decisions for transferring their farm to the next generation or a non-family successor. Farmers will learn from professionals who can help in the process and other farmers who have been through a transfer. Topics include why succession planning is critical, retirement and estate planning, addressing tax issues in a transfer, legal entities and tools you can use to transfer farm assets and determining your goals to address transfer planning and business transition. This event is organized by Land For Good, in partnership with  Vermont Housing & Conservation BoardYankee Farm CreditDinse LawIntervale Center, and UVM Extension and is funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farm & Rancher Development Program.

Creative Options for Farm Access, Transfer & Conservation Workshop — VT
NOFA-VT Winter Conference
February 16, 2019
Workshop & Exhibit Hall
UVM, Burlington VT
Session 10:45am – Noon
Conference registration required

  • Farmers seeking to secure, expand or sell their land or business use a variety of tools to achieve secure and affordable land tenure or land transfer. This can include purchase, lease and conservation options. The panelists will describe capital sources and project execution in farm conservation, access, expansion and transfer projects.

The Basics of Finding Land to Farm Workshop — CT
CT NOFA Winter Conference
February 23, 2019

Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport CT
Conference registration is required

  • Beginning farmers find securing land is their greatest challenge. This session will explore topics important for success: evaluating your readiness, lease vs own, and how to assess the property. Participants will start developing a plan to find land, including tools such as Farmlink. Programs that offer funding/assistance will be discussed.

Ensure Your Farm’s Legacy: Succession and Transfer Planning Starts Now Workshop — MA
Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference
February 27, 2019
Workshop & Exhibit Hall
Session 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge MA
Conference registration required

  • Starting…and completing your succession plan can be challenging. This hands-on session will support your next steps, regardless of where you are in the planning process.  Learn useful tools, methods and actions for farms with or without identified successors. Junior generation/successors welcome. Hear from fellow farmers and succession planning advisors.

Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm Workshop — MA
March 7, 2019
Fidelity Bank, 9 Leominster Connector, Leominster MA
(snow date: March 25th)
5:00 – 7:00pm

  • Experts from Land for Good and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will provide tools and resources – including the state’s  Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program​ – to help you identify the next owner of the farm and take steps towards making the transition. To register, email Dorothy Du at Dorothy.Du@mass.gov – please include which date/location you will attend and how many people will be attending from your farm. Sponsored by MDAR’s Agricultural Business Training Program.

This year’s Farm Succession School!

Farm Succession School — RI
December 11, 2018
January 9, 2019 and
February 8, 2019
USDA Service Center, 60 Quaker Lane #46, Warwick RI
Each session 10:00am – 3:30pm
Registration is now closed. To request late registration, please contact Kathy Ruhf

If you’re like most farmers, you know that succession planning is important, but that it’s easy to put off. Get structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage your family, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Your commitment of three winter days will allow you to develop a concrete succession plan for your farm business, your land and your future. Topics include: goal setting, estate planning, retirement planning and budgeting, family communications, legal structures and considerations, bringing on a successor, plus management transfer and mentoring.

The fee is $300 per farmer or farm couple, including lunch, refreshments and materials. You’ll get $200 back toward additional succession-related advising. You will also receive no-cost technical assistance between sessions and continuing planning support from Land For Good. Registration is now closed. For more information, contact Kathy Ruhf.


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