Your gift today will help us help more farmers like Cara & Michael.
|photo credit Monica Busch|
|Cara & Michael run a small organic farm growing diverse vegetable crops, herbs & flowers for their community in Central Massachusetts on leased land we helped them find and secure. Photo credit Free Living Farm|
Your support remains critical to our ongoing work with farmers and farm families—work that also keeps farmland in farming. The challenges of the pandemic continue to pose threats to the security of our food system and growth of farming opportunity.
Farmers are again planning in the face of much uncertainty. Will they see last year’s high demand directly from consumers? The pandemic has prompted many older farmers thinking about retirement to advance their plans to keep their farmland in farming for the next generation of farmers. Beginning farmers and those who want to grow their businesses confront many barriers – finding secure access to land is the top barrier for this new generation of farmers looking to gain ground.
Farmers like Cara & Michael.
Free Living Farm owners Cara Germain and Michael Zueger run a small organic farm growing diverse vegetable crops, herbs, and flowers for their community in Central Massachusetts on leased land we helped them find and secure.
Cara and Michael connected with a landowner through New England Farmland Finder, a farmland listing and linking website that LFG established and manages with a collaborative of partners. The site helps connect farm seekers to available farm properties, resources and services, and in this case, a referral to our field agent in Massachusetts who provided critical technical assistance.
“We first asked a neighbor if we could use part of his hay field, and he was willing to have us farm there; however there was no housing, water, or electricity,” recalled Cara. “We checked off what we were looking for on New England Farmland Finder, and one day the perfect property was emailed to us. We connected with the landowners, had a few interviews, and eventually they chose us to farm their land!”
After last season’s high demand for locally produced food, Cara and Michael seek to expand their business and need help searching for larger or additional farmland with secure, long-term tenure.
The biggest obstacle has been and continues to be the search for permanent land,” shared Cara. “We are still leasing land, and we are very happy with the property and how our farm has grown by having access to leased land. However, we are held back in ways. We would love to invest in infrastructure, water and perennial crops however without knowing where we will be farming 5 years down the road, we do not want to make those big investments just yet.”
Cara and Michael worked with Jae Silverman, our field agent in Massachusetts, to clarify their goals and objectives, improve their lease agreement, seek referrals, and draw on resources and expertise of our full team.
Jae was super knowledgeable, and I felt he had our best interest in mind,” shared Cara. “Talking about what we are looking for when it comes to land helps get those feelers out as well as gives another set of ears and eyes the opportunity to help in your search.”
Your support helps keep our regional food system secure. Our region’s food security depends on the land security of our farmers. We must keep farmers on the land and expand opportunities for farming. Saving and supporting farms is key to rebuilding and strengthening our food system.
Please join with us and donate now.
We all have a stake in working farms. Since 2004, Land For Good has helped hundreds of farmers access farmland while thousands of acres of land have remained 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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