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Upcoming Events

Land For Good staff continue to host online mixers, workshops and training across the region with local and regional partners. For Q&A or individual assistance, check our virtual office hours available below. We remain committed to carrying our shared work and mission forward while taking necessary health and safety precautions amid COVID-19 to protect our team and the communities in which we live.

For in-person training, we will adhere to all current COVID guidelines and follow state, local, and venue-specific mandates. Masks will be required. We have selected our venues with safety concerns in mind to allow for social distancing, and we are limiting the number of participants. We will revisit our policies policies and protocols prior to events to protect the health and safety of our staff and participants. Please do NOT attend if you are feeling ill or have had a known COVID exposure.

Acquiring Your Farm training series – Virtual
next session February 2, 2022
6:30 – 8:00pm
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  • Six-session training series for aspiring, new and beginning farmers to learn how to identify goals and set financial parameters, review pros and cons of owning versus leasing, conduct a land search, assess farm properties, discover keys to successful communication, and more. A thorough introduction to the complex issues of farmland access and tenure to put you in a position to make a plan and take next steps toward getting on farmland and gaining more secure tenure. Topics include: farmland tenure, identifying your goals, affording farmland & financial preparedness, owning vs. leasing, finding farmland, communication and negotiation, and more. Sliding-scale registration fee allows more access to events by paying an amount that fits one’s budget. Those who pay the suggested rate will help support the participation for others. The suggested registration fee is $50. Funded as part of the Land for Farmers project, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2021-49400-35642.

Farm Succession Planning webinar series – Virtual
next session February 2, 2022
11:00am – 1:00pm
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  • Planning for the future of your farm starts now! FREE four-part series for transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of succession planning, including how to get started, where to find advisors and additional resources, ask questions, and get support on this challenging process. Several farmers will also present their succession experience. Farmers from across New England welcome to attend! Funded through individual donations, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, and the 2021 Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Grant administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Farm Succession School – Connecticut
begins February 10, 2022
9:00am – 4:00pm
Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Route 30, Vernon, CT
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  • Three-session winter program for senior generation farmers to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support on the challenging process of farm succession and transfer planning. Are you unsure who will take over your farm? Feel like your family needs to start talking, but you don’t know where to start? Have questions about retiring that you don’t know how to answer? Can the farm support two generations? Succession planning is a process of exploring how to transfer the farm business and assets to a future owner. Succession school provides farmers and farming partners with the structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage their families, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. The fee is $100 per farm, including all materials and support between classes. This training is offered in partnership with UConn Extension and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. This work is supported by the 2021 Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Grant administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. We’ll meet in-person following all COVID-19 protocols for a three-session program on Thursdays (snow date of Friday of same week):
    February 10, 2022
    March 3, 2022
    March 31, 2022

Farm Succession School – Massachusetts
NEW DATES!
begins February 15, 2022

9:00am – 4:00pm
John W. Olver Franklin Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
Learn more or Register now

  • Back by popular demand! Three-session winter program for senior generation farmers to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support on the challenging process of farm succession and transfer planning. Are you unsure who will take over your farm? Feel like your family needs to start talking, but you don’t know where to start? Have questions about retiring that you don’t know how to answer? Can the farm support two generations? Succession planning is a process of exploring how to transfer the farm business and assets to a future owner. Succession school provides farmers and farming partners with the structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage their families, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Hosted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). The fee is $100 per farm, including all materials and support between classes. Funded by MDAR Agricultural Business Training Program. We’ll meet in-person following all COVID-19 protocols for a three-session program on Tuesdays (snow date of Friday of same week):
    February 15, 2022
    March 8, 2022
    March 29, 2022

Where We’ve Been

Selected Presentations

  • Sponsor, Facilitator and Opening Remarks, Farmland Access and the Importance of Networks for Service Providers, Beginning Farmer Network of MA (BFN/MA) Fall Forum, Charlton MA, Nov. 2013.
  • Farmland Access, Tenure and Transfer: Conservation Tool and Context, Panel on Working Lands Conservation, 5th Regional Conservation Partnership Gathering, Nashua NH, Nov. 2013
  • Affordability (panel presenter and moderator), Farmland Access and Affordability Forum, Wethersfield CT, Oct. 2013
  • Co-Sponsor, organizer and presenter, New England Farmland Convening, Portsmouth NH, May 2013
  • Agriculture Trends in MA and New England and Land Conservation, Mt. Grace Conservation Land Trust, Athol MA, 2013
  • Land For Good’s Approach to Farmland Access, JUST Land national gathering, Land Stewardship Project, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Access to Land for Beginning Farmers, National Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Annual Conference, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Leasing Your Protected Farmland for Agricultural Use, Rhode Island Land and Water Summit, Kingston RI, 2010
  • Land Access, Leasing, Land Trusts and More, Drake Agricultural Law Center Forum on Beginning Farmers, Washington DC,, 2010
  • Farm/Ranch Succession Education, Programs and Services, Changing Lands, Changing Hands national conference, Denver CO, 2009
  • Farmland Access and Transfer, Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA 2009
  • Annual conference, Massachusetts Association of Agriculture Commissions 2009.
  • What’s the Plan for the Farm?, Michigan Land Use Institute, Traverse City MI, 2007
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Beginning Farmers, Small and Beginner Farmers of NH conference, October 2007