|In addition to flowers, Dandy Ram Farm cultivates joy & diversity. After 12 years of farming on leased land, Bo purchased farmland in rural Maine. Read Bo’s story. Photo credit Kelsey Kobik and Dandy Ram Farm|
Together we can break down barriers to land access to help more farmers like Bo.
Your support today can help strengthen the security of agriculture in New England. You help us continue to connect transitioning farmers and other landowners to our region’s diverse and entrepreneurial beginning and expanding farmers.
As you know, access to land is a top challenge for all farmers, especially new, eager farmers just starting out. Among the challenges are farmland affordability, availability, appropriateness and equitable and secure tenure. Shifts due to the coronavirus pandemic have only increased the prices and competition for farm properties, adding to the challenges of gaining access to farmland, especially for beginning farmers like Bo of Dandy Ram Farm.
Bo Dennis fell in love with farming at a young age because he found himself in a constant state of learning. He loved how much there was to learn and how farming allowed him to be his true creative self.
After 12 years of farming on leased land in southern and central Maine, as well as on an island down east, Bo was looking to purchase farmland. At the time, he was leasing three properties from different landowners that were several miles apart, and he was not living where he farmed. Over the years, Bo held multiple land leases. One of his first farm leases was a handshake agreement that proved difficult given the power dynamics between the land owners and Bo’s access to his growing plots. When Bo started Dandy Ram Farm in 2019, he took advantage of the leasing tools and education available from Land For Good.
And when Bo encountered obstacles in his search for farmland to purchase, he reached out to Land For Good for help. Abby Sadauckas, our Maine field agent and a farmer herself, helped Bo through the process. Together they clarified Bo’s goals and objectives. Abby offered referrals, resources, and connections including strategies to connect with local landowners and the suggestion of working with the Legal Food Hub for legal representation.
Knowing there was someone there that you could call to help process the information was so important. Someone you trust that will advocate for your goals as a beginning farmer,” shared Bo.
Helping identify the characteristics of Bo’s desired land was pivotal. Abby helped Bo refine his search criteria so when the right property came onto the market, he would know it was a good fit and have the clarity to go for it. Bo was looking for a lasting arrangement to consolidate his perennials and annuals in one location, and he wanted to live on the same land he farmed.
Working with Abby was truly instrumental in our farm’s ability and preparedness to access our long term land for farming,” recalled Bo.
Together we can break down barriers to land access, keep farmers on the land, and expand opportunities for farming.
We all have a stake in working farms. Since 2004, Land For Good has helped hundreds of farmers access farmland keeping thousands of acres of land in active farming. Entire communities benefit from increased farming opportunity, healthy lands, and a more secure food supply. Food security depends on farmer security. And farmer security requires land security.
When you join with us to tackle farmland access and transfer, you’re making a critical investment in local farming, rural communities, working landscapes, and our regional food system. Your support helps us directly assist thousands of farmers, farm families, landowners and communities every year. At the same time we work to change the wider system by educating and connecting other professionals, collaborating across sectors and geographies, conducting policy research and advocacy. Only then will we generate wider access and control over farmland that farmers need grow farming opportunity, and contribute to land stewardship and food security in our region.
If you believe that farming and land stewardship are vital to New England’s future, then join with us. As a not-for-profit charitable organization supported by grants, donations and fees, we rely on supporters like you to get more farmers on more land – and keep land in farming.
Please give what you can. Every donation counts.
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