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Events and Training

  Registration deadline May 26th.

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

National Farm Viability Conference
May 22 – 24, 2017
Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY, More info, Registration required

  • Farm Transfer Planning Part I: A Key to Viability (Session 3) ​This workshop will leverage the expertise of Land For Good Field and Program staff, and introduce service providers to the importance of careful and comprehensive farm transfer planning to overall, multi-generational farm viability. Presented by: Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good; Mike Ghia, Land For Good; Jon Jaffe, Farm Credit East.
  • Farm Transfer Planning Part II: Approaches, Strategies and Tools (Session 4) Part Two will focus on the role of service providers in transfer planning, skills needed, and how to build successful support teams for transitioning farm families. Presented by: Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good; Mike Ghia, Land For Good; Rich Cavanaugh, attorney; Annette Higby, attorney; Jon Jaffe, Farm Credit East.
  • Farmland Investment Companies: Innovative Partners for Land Access? (Session 5) Access to farmland is a top challenge for both new and established farmers. Farmland investment models vary in their scope, goals and methods. How do they work? Do they benefit farmers? And, in particular, do they help farmers access, transfer or gain more secure tenure on land? Presented by: Mike Ghia, Land For Good; Benneth Phelps, Dirt Capital Partners; Sally Dodge, Iroquois Valley Farms; Bob Bernstein, Northeast Farm Access.

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. Registration deadline is May 26th. Register now










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