The 6th annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference will go virtual this year, November 16-18, 2020. As the largest conference in New England that focuses solely on the issues of farmland access, tenure and transfer, this has become a critical convening for participants across the region.
Co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good, the conference has drawn over 130 farmers, policymakers, service providers and advocates each year. We are excited to take the conference online and make it available to even more participants in the far reaches of New England.
The issues, strategies and skills shared at this conference have increasing relevance as today’s farmers—both those who are transitioning out of farming and those who are starting new farm enterprises—recognize their pivotal role in keeping farmland in production and shaping the future of our regional food system.
To acknowledge the history of injustice and violence that has shaped access to land and our food system—and its ongoing legacy—this year’s conference aims to feature a wider range of diverse voices and perspectives on farmland access in our region. Through this conference and beyond, we are committed to dialogue and awareness raising about inequities and injustices related to farmland access; to critically examine our roles and biases in perpetuating inequities, and to strive for more just and inclusive paths forward around farmland access and tenure.
The conference format will offer two live sessions each day between 1pm – 5pm. Sessions will be 60-90 minutes each. Registration will get you full access to all the live sessions, plus the pre-recorded webinars, and resources. Live sessions will also be recorded and shared to registrants who wish to later reference or watch at their convenience.
See the great line-up of sessions below! Updates and descriptions will be added soon to the registration page, along with continuing updates as we have them available.
Pre-Conference Sessions or recordings:
- Making Your Land Available for Farming
- Crafting Your Own Agricultural Lease
- Conducting a Farmland Search
- Land Justice Plenary
- Affording Farmland
- Communication between Seekers & Landowners
- Succession Planning 101
We hope to see you online at the conference.
Funding for this event is provided by The Land Access Project, Phase 3 (LAP3) which is supported by a grant from the USDA/NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (NIFA # 2018-70017-28531).