|It’s an exciting season for Rijk and Maura who are joyfully building on the past 20 year legacy of the Herb FARMacy. They have the same passion for growing high quality, organic foods for the community on their forever farm, now Anything Grows Farm. (credit: Anything Grows Farm)|
Your support helps more farmers secure farmland and keep land in farming.
Our mission is to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land. Since 2004 we have provided caring support and expert guidance to help farmers, landowners and communities navigate the complex challenges of land access, tenure, and transfer.
With 30% of New England’s farmers over retirement age, thousands of farms are already changing hands and, without careful planning, at risk of being lost to development. Farmers looking to retire face uncertainty about the future of their farms because many lack a ready successor. Together, we work with farmers toward a smooth farm transition, and often it’s about a strong farm connection.
A connection that Herb FARMacy owners were thankful to find in these beginning farmers.
Former owners, Rita and Brooke, worked with us on farm succession planning and posted their Salisbury, Massachusetts property on New England Farmland Finder, a farmland listing and linking website that Land For Good established in conjunction with the New England Farm Link Collaborative. The site helps connect landowners to farm seekers, as well as resources and services, and in this case, a referral to our field agent in Massachusetts who provided some technical assistance.
After a robust response to the farm posting, they found Rijk and Maura to be a good fit. The duo had good greenhouse production experience, worked on multiple farms, and completed a season in New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s incubator farm program.
They really wanted to build on what we’ve started,” shared Brooke.
Rita and Brooke credited Land For Good’s farm succession planning guidebook with their first steps in the process. They also attended our farm succession planning workshop, co-hosted with Essex County Greenbelt Association in 2020, where they began the planning process and connected with peers. They consulted with Jae Silverman, our field agent in Massachusetts, to post their property to New England Farmland Finder and help with referrals.
Rita & Brooke had a priority of farm connection,” shared Rijk. “It felt the same for me. It was more about the connection and not just about the sale. Rita & Brooke wanted someone capable of handling it, that was most important.”
It’s now an exciting season for Rijk and Maura who are joyfully building on the past 20 year legacy of the Herb FARMacy. They share the same passion for growing high quality, organic foods for the community on their forever farm, now Anything Grows Farm.
You can help keep farmland in farming! Your gift will go right to work, providing New England’s farmers with the education, guidance and support they need to secure or transfer farmland.
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 to 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.
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