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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.

Land Transfer & Access Info Session (NH)  – Virtual
November 16, 2022
4:00 – 5:00pm
Virtual session, Register now

  • Virtual info session for new farmers and members of the agricultural community seeking to buy or lease land. A great opportunity to connect with advisors that can answer questions about how to plan, evaluate, and buy farm property, qualify for funding, and understand conservation easements, owner financing options, and much more. Land-seekers and land owners are encouraged to attend, network with one another, and make connections. Hosted by Hvizda Realty Group. Speakers include: Land For Good, Walden Mutual, Farm Service Agency, Hvizda Realty Group.

Succession Planning and Transfer Summit (MA)  
November 17, 2022
9:00 – 4:00pm
Oakes Ames Hall, North Easton, MA, Register now

  • An in-person, day-long gathering for farmland owners and seekers to discuss succession planning, land sale and leasing, and determining which transfer option suits your needs. The morning session for land seekers will talk through best practices and approaches for finding, owning, and maintaining land for first-time owners. The afternoon session for landowners will discuss succession planning, finding suitable matches, keeping land protected and more. Lunch will be catered between the sessions and is open to anyone looking to network with fellow farmers.  Hosted by Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership. Speakers include: Land For Good (Jae Silverman) and other service providers.

Farmland Mixer (CT)
December 4, 2022
12:00 – 3:00pm
The Vineyard At Franklin, 931 RT-32 North Franklin, CT 06254, Register now

  • Free, in-person farmland mixer for farmland seekers and farmland owners. Hear about some great land opportunities, talk about how to go about finding landing, or spread the word about land you want to see or lease yourself. The event begins with an optional Field walk with Kip Kolesinskas from 12-1pm. The mixer portion begins at 1pm – connect with farm seekers, land owners, and service providers and enjoy great free food and drink. This is the last mixer for the foreseeable future! Hosted by Land For Good, UConn Extension, and Connecticut FarmLink. 

Accessing Farmland Together – Virtual 
December 12 & 14, 2022
1:00 – 3:00pm
Virtual webinar, Register now

  • Farmers and farm service providers are invited to these virtual webinars to learn about group land access concepts and how to use a new educational tool Accessing Farmland Together, which describes methods for farmers to lease or own farmland as a group. Accessing farmland  as a group can solve some land access obstacles and offer multiple benefits. Group tenure can improve farmers’ chances of success, quality of life, social connections, and mental health. The session for service providers will be held on December 12th. The session for farmers will be held on December 14th. Hosted by Land For Good and Cultivemos (formerly known as the Northeast Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network). Presenters include: Land For Good staff and farmers with lived experience in group tenure models.

Acquiring Your Farm  – Virtual
January 18, 25, 2023
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2023
March 1, 2023

6:30 – 8:00pm
Virtual series, Apply now

  • Virtual seven-session series for new and beginning farmers preparing to access farmland in New England. In this introductory online course learn how to conduct a land search, assess farm properties, identify your goals and set financial parameters, review pros and cons of different tenure methods, discover keys to successful communication, and more. Space will be limited to allow for interactive sessions. Learn more and apply! Applications will be accepted from October 1 – December 15.  Hosted by Land For Good. 

Farm Succession Planning – Virtual 
January 18, 2023
January 25, 2023
February 1, 2023
February 8, 2023

11:00am – 1:00pm
Live webinar series, Register now

  • Virtual, free, four-part webinar series for transitioning and new generation farmers to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, and where to find support with resources, tips, financial and legal considerations, and more! Farmers from across New England are welcome to attend. Family members and farm partners are encouraged to attend together! All generations, included unrelated successors, who may play a role in the farm’s future are also encouraged to attend. Learn more and register.

Farm Succession School (CT)
January 24, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 28, 2023

9:30am – 3:30pm
Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Rt 30 Vernon, CT, Register now

  • In-person, three-day winter course for active, commercial farmers looking to transfer their farm to a related or un-related successor. An opportunity for senior farmers and farm partners to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support to start, and finish, their succession plan. Farmers do not need to have an identified successor to participate. Learn more and register online or call (603)357-1600. Register by January 6th or until course is filled. Co-hosted by UConn Extension, Connecticut Department of Agriculture and Land For Good. 

Farm Succession School (MA)
January 26, 2023
March 2, 2023
March 30, 2023

9:30am – 3:30pm
Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Road, Wrentham, MA, Register now

  • In-person, three-day winter course for active, commercial farmers looking to transfer their farm to a related or un-related successor. An opportunity for senior farmers and farm partners to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support to start, and finish, their succession plan. Farmers do not need to have an identified successor to participate. Learn more and register online or call (603)357-1600. Register by January 6th or until course is filled. Co-hosted by Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Land For Good. 

Did you miss an event?

We recorded a number of online workshops and webinars hosted with our state partners, so you can watch and learn at your own pace. Find all these webinars and more on our YouTube channel:

 

  • Affording Farmland
  • Conducting a Farmland Search
  • Establishing a Good Farm Lease
  • Making Your Farm Available to a Successor
  • Retirement Planning for Farmers, Considerations for farmers of all ages
  • Farm Succession Planning series
  • Communication Between Farm Seekers & Landowners
  • Make Your Land Available for Farming series

 

* 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.

 

Where We’ve Been

2022

  • Leasing Land to and from Farmers, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Belfast, ME, November 2022
  • Strategies for Finding, Affording, and Securing Farmland in Berkshire County, co-hosted with American Farmland Trust, virtual, November 2022
  • Resource Roundup: Finding Farmland in Berkshire County, co-hosted with American Farmland Trust, Lenox MA, October 2022
  • Connecticut Farmland Mixer, co-hosted with UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Program, and Connecticut Farm Link, Cheshire CT, October 2022
  • New Farmer Mixer, Granite State Graziers, Canterbury, NH, October 2022
  • Starting Your Farm virtual session, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, September 2022
  • Planning for the Future of Your Farmland workshop, American Farmland Trust, Williamstown MA, May 2022
  • Connecticut Farmland Mixer, co-hosted with UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Program, and Connecticut Farm Link, Glastonbury CT, April 2022
  • Making Your Land Available for Farming webinar series, co-hosted with New England Farm Link Collaborative, March 2022
  • Massachusetts Farm Succession School, co-hosted with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Greenfield MA, February 2022
  • Farm Succession Planning webinar series, February 2022
  • Acquiring Your Farm interactive virtual series, January 2022
  • Connecticut Farmland Mixer virtual session, co-hosted with UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Program, and Connecticut Farm Link, January 2022

2021

  • It Takes A Region Conference: Advancing Farmland Ownership and Tenure into the Future; Helping Farmers Gain the Ground They Need to Succeed Through Policy; Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), November 2021
  • National Farm Viability Conference: Affording Farmland webinar, Conducting a Farmland Search webinar, Farm Succession Scenarios panel; October 2021
  • Farm Succession Training for Legal & Financial Professionals, supported by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), September 2021
  • Developing Sugarbush Leases, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, September 2021
  • Starting Up! Accessing Resources as a Beginning Farmer, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardener Association’s (MOFGA) Farm Training Project, September 2021
  • Food, Faith & Farms Conference with Gathering of FaithLands Advocates, August 2021
  • Land Access & No-Till Practices Farm Tour, Winter Street Farm, NOFA-NH and Virtual Communities, August 2021
  • Practicalities & Realities in Land Law, Farm Commons, June 2021
  • Farm Succession Planning Workshop, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, April 2021
  • Connecticut Farmland Mixer virtual session, April 2021
  • Farm Succession Planning webinar series, March 2021
  • Land Access & Tenure Strategies Webinar, Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference, Urban Farming Institute and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), March 2021
  • Making Your Farm Available to a Successor Webinar, UNH Cooperative Extension, March 2021
  • Harvest New England Marketing Virtual Conference, February 2021
  • Using Traditional or Non-Traditional Ways of Gaining Farmland Webinar, NOFA/Mass, February 2021
  • Connecticut Farmland Virtual Mixer, American Farmland Trust, Connecticut Farmland Trust & UConn Extension, February 2021
  • Finding Your Farm Webinar, UNH Cooperative Extension, February 2021
  • Professional Training for Farm Succession Advisors, professional development project aimed to strengthen the knowledge, skills and collaboration of a diverse group of service providers who work with—or want to work with—transitioning farm families in various ways across New England with a grant from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), January 2021

2020

2019

  • Farm Labor Round Table with Merrymeeting Food Council and University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Bowdoinham ME, December 2019
  • Finding Farmland part of University of Connecticut Extension‘s Solid Ground Training series, New Haven CT, December 2019
  • New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference, Manchester NH, December 2019
  • Land Reparations with Leah Penniman part of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding‘s Engaging Peace: Reparation and Its Forms series, Northampton MA, December 2019
  • Farmland Access & Transfer Conference co-hosted with Maine Farmland Trust, Augusta ME, November 2019
  • Working Lands Alliance Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Hartford CT, November 2019
  • Fostering Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate with Vital Communities, Plainfield NH, November 2019
  • Sponsor of Farmer to Farmer Conference hosted by Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Northport ME, November 2019
  • National Farm Viability Conference, Red Wing MN, October 2019
  • Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Network Leadership Institute, Fairlee VT, September 2019
  • Landowner Meeting with Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative, Bowdoinham ME, September 2019
  • Young Farmer Nights Series with Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England, Smithfield RI, September 2019
  • Farm Succession Planning Presentation for MA Christmas Tree Association Meeting, Uxbridge MA, September 2019
  • Next Steps from Apprentice to Journeyperson Workshop as part of Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assoc. (MOFGA) Farm Training Project, Bowdoinham ME, September 2019
  • Land Tenure Workshop, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assoc. (MOFGA) Farm Training Project, Monroe ME, August 2019
  • Young Farmer Nights Series with Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England, Tiverton RI, July 2019
  • How to Access and Evaluate Land for Farming: A SCORE Small Business Workshop, Easton CT, July 2019
  • Landowner & Farmer Mixer with by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Beverly MA June 2019
  • Young Farmer Nights Series with Young Farmer Network of Southeastern New England, Chepachet RI, June 2019
  • Planning For The Future of Your Land Workshops, Westminster & Gardner MA, May 2019
  • Real Estate Professional Training, Portsmouth NH, April 2019
  • National Farm Link Clinic, St. Louis MO, April 2019
  • Making Your Land Available for Agriculture Session, Lewiston-Auburn Region Farmland Access & Growing the Food Economy Conference, Auburn ME, March 2019
  • Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm Workshop with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Leominster MA, March 2019
  • Community Conversations: Focus on Farmers with Bowdoinham Community Development Institute, Bowdoinham ME, March 2019
  • Improving Agricultural Land Conservation in NH Workshop, NH Food System Statewide Gathering: Cultivating Our Collective Voice, Plymouth NH, March 2019
  • Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference: Ensure Your Farm’s Legacy: Succession and Transfer Planning Starts Now Workshop, Sturbridge MA, February 2019
  • NOFA-VT Winter Conference: Creative Options for Farm Access, Transfer & Conservation Workshop, Burlington VT, February 2019
  • Transferring The Farm Workshop, Berlin VT, February 2019
  • Farm Succession School, Warwick RI, December 2018 – February 2019
  • Getting Started on Farm Succession Planning Workshop, NH Farm & Forest Expo, Manchester NH, February 2019
  • The Future of Your Farmland Workshop with Mass Audubon, Middleboro MA, January 2019
  • Planning for the Next Successor on your Farm Workshop with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Foxborough  & Amherst MA, January – February 2019
  • Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference: Current and Future Land Use: Understanding Easements, Opportunities and Limitations Workshop; Fairlee VT, January 2019

2018

2017

  • New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference, Manchester NH, December 2017
  • Land Access for Farmers Workshop with New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell MA, December 2017
  • Maine Farmland Access Conference, Augusta ME, December 2017
  • Leasing Your Land to a Farmer Workshop, Montpelier VT, November 2017
  • Leasing Your Land to a Farmer Workshop, West Lebanon NH, November 2017
  • Farmland Access Info Night,  Bedford NH, November 2017
  • Feast on This! Film Festival & Panel Discussion, Keene NH, November 2017
  • NH Association of Conservation Districts’ Working Lands Conference: Increasing Farmland Access and Building Stronger Farms Through Conservation Workshop, Keene NH, November 2017
  • Farmland Access Info Night, Haverhill NH, October 2017
  • Common Ground Fair: Negotiating Leases Workshop & Farm Succession Planning Workshop, Unity ME, September 2017
  • Changing Lands, Changing Hands: National Conference on farm & Ranch Access, Tenure, and Transfer, Denver CO, June 2017
  • National Farm Viability Conference: Farm Transfer Planning Workshop; and Farmland Investment Companies: Innovative Partners for Land Access? Albany NY, May 2017
  • Farm Succession Advisors Training, Manchester NH, May 2017
  • Maine Real Estate Professional Training: Tools & Resources for Working with Farms with Commercial Agricultural Potential, Belfast ME, April 2017
  • Farm Succession Planning Workshop, RI Land Trust Council, Tiverton RI, March 2017
  • Assessing & Preparing Land for Farming Workshop, Short Course: Moving Onto Your Own Land by Young Farmer Network and Southside Community Land Trust, Providence RI, March 2017
  • Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference: Farm Succession & Transfer Workshop, Sturbridge MA, March 2017
  • NH Farmland Access & Transfer Info Night, West Ossipee NH, February 2017
  • NOFA-VT Winter Conference: New & Novel Land Financing Methods; Farm Bill Primer and Listening Session; Burlington VT, February 2017
  • Farm Lease Clinic, NOFA-MA Winter Conference, Worcester MA, January 2017

2016

2015

2014 & beyond

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