Our educational and outreach events seek to build issue awareness, knowledge and skills among all our audiences. We provide practical information, hands-on tools and guidance to empower people to take next steps and solve their problems. We also educate general audiences and policy makers about issues of farmland access, transfer and tenure.
We host and participate in workshops, trainings and outreach events across the region – and nationally. Often conducted in cooperation with local and regional partners, our workshops target farm seekers, landowners and transitioning farm families, as well as general audiences who want to learn more about farmland access and how to get involved. LFG staff are called upon to present in a variety of settings, from conference panels and workshops to stand-alone events.
Online learning is especially attractive to some people. Acquiring Your Farm (AYF) online course lets farm seekers work through a comprehensive curriculum, complete with assignments and online tools. AYF contains lessons organized around seven topics and designed to provide a thorough introduction to the complex issues of farmland access and tenure.
NEW! Build-A-Lease Tool helps farmers and landowners learn about and craft a working farm lease. The Tool includes definitions, FAQs, sample language and fill-in spaces for the most common sections of a farm lease. Tool users can learn while also building an individualized working lease document—generating lease language to download, email, save for later, and revise along the way. The Tool is designed to educate all parties and support the development of sound lease agreements.
Getting resources into the hands of all our audiences is a top priority. We produce guides and reports that are available in print and online in our Toolbox. We list and link to other materials and groups as well.
Sharing knowledge and experience to educate other professionals who work on behalf of New England farmers can help build their skills to better serve these farm families. We educate, train, and advise other farm service providers. For example, farm succession planning is a critical issue for thousands of farm families. They need assistance from qualified and knowledgeable professionals such as attorneys, financial experts, educators, consultants, mediators, and farm organization staff to help them complete succession plans. As a result a professional training, the Farm Succession Advising: Attorney Training Compendium provides solid legal background material and technical tools to use in assisting farmer clients to develop their succession plans.