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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.

Strategies and Tools for Making Farmland Available to Farmers – Webinar series
Farms for the Future Hosted by American Farmland Trust

September 9, 2020 – focus on Maine
2:00 p.m., Register now
September 10, 2020 – focus on Vermont
2:00 p.m., Register now
September 15, 2020 – focus on New Hampshire
2:00 p.m., Register now

  • Who should attend? Land trusts, municipalities, and non-profit support organizations who are newer to protecting farmland and supporting farmers and have powerful roles to play in helping farmers find, access, and be successful on farmland. Farms For the Future full webinar series begins on August 18th, see full detailsIn this particular webinar, we’ll explore affordable and secure access to land as significant barriers for the future of agriculture in northern New England. Better understand the needs of diverse farm seekers. We’ll provide examples of strategies and tools to promote farm access in your communities—including examples of creative partnerships and models that promote greater equity. Core speakers include: Shemariah Blum-Evitts, Land for Good’s Program Director, Stephanie Morningstar, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust’s Director, Christine Hutchinson, member of NEFOC’s Board of Directors. State specific contributors: Abby Sadauckas, Land for Good’s Maine Field Agent; Mike Ghia, Land For Good’s Vermont Field Agent; Cara Cargill, Land For Good’s New Hampshire Field Agent.

Open Forum for NH Farmers – Zoom conversation
September 14, 2020
10:00 a.m., Register now
Hosted by UNH Extension, Summer Series

  • Open forum will feature highlights from NH Agriculture Mediation including how their work has adjusted through the pandemic, plus Cara Cargill, our New Hampshire Field Agent, will share observations on shifting ownership of land and current demand trends from beginner farmers. Open Q&A to follow. This is an open platform for growers and producers to share concerns, strategies for success and other information about how the current public health disaster is affecting their operation. Part of an ongoing series of forums for NH Farmers to share and discuss how they are adapting in these uncertain times.

Women for the Land Virtual Learning Circle – Zoom conversation
September 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and
September 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Register now
Hosted by American Farmland Trust

  • Women farmers and landowners in Massachusetts are navigating unprecedented complexity right now. But support exists to mitigate and adapt to these changing conditions. Meet fellow women landowners and farmers in your area and get support with creating an action plan to address the implications of climate change on your farm and in your community. You’ll hear from agricultural resource providers and women farmers, including: Shemariah Blum-Evitts, Program Director at Land For Good; Dr. Emily Cole, AFT New England Climate and Agriculture Program Manager;  Chelsea Gazillo, AFT Working Lands Alliance Director; Local and state partners from NRCS.

How To Conduct a Land Search – Virtual Office Hour
September 16, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Register to get the Zoom link

  • Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland? If you have questions, feel stuck in the process, or want to meet up with other farmers, join us online. Cara Cargill, our New Hampshire Field Agent, will provide an overview of farmland access options, available resources, and recommended steps to take to find and lease/buy farmland in New England. If you have questions that you’d like to get answered please submit them to communications@landforgood.org by 8pm ET on Monday September 15th. Use subject line: How to Conduct a Land Search.

Make Your Land Available For Farming – Virtual Office Hour
September 23, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Register to get the Zoom link

  • Do you own land? Farmers across New England are looking for land to farm. Many farmers run profitable businesses on only an acre or two of land. Depending on what their enterprise will be, it’s also often the perfect size on which to start. You can be part of the solution! Approximately 19 acres of farmland is lost per day across New England.* In areas of high competition for land, small parcels are often the only thing available to new and beginnings farmers. Join Will O’Meara, our Connecticut Field Agent, to discuss the benefits, opportunities, and practicalities of making your land available to farmers. If you have questions that you’d like to get answered please submit them to communications@landforgood.org by 8pm ET on Monday September 22nd. Use subject line: Make Your Land Available for Farming.

How To Conduct a Land Search – Virtual Office Hour
September 30, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Register to get the Zoom link

  • Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland? If you have questions, feel stuck in the process, or want to meet up with other farmers, join us online. Will O’Meara, our Connecticut Field Agent, will provide an overview of farmland access options, available resources, and recommended steps to take to find and lease/buy farmland in New England. If you have questions that you’d like to get answered please submit them to communications@landforgood.org by 8pm ET on Monday September 29th. Use subject line: How to Conduct a Land Search.

Make Your Land Available For Farming – Virtual Office Hour
October 14, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Register to get the Zoom link

  • Do you own land? Farmers across New England are looking for land to farm. Many farmers run profitable businesses on only an acre or two of land. Depending on what their enterprise will be, it’s also often the perfect size on which to start. You can be part of the solution! Approximately 19 acres of farmland is lost per day across New England.** In areas of high competition for land, small parcels are often the only thing available to new and beginnings farmers. Join Jae Silverman, our Massachusetts Field Agent, to discuss the benefits, opportunities, and practicalities of making your land available to farmers. If you have questions that you’d like to get answered please submit them to communications@landforgood.org by 8pm ET on Monday October 13th. Use subject line: Make Your Land Available for Farming.

How To Conduct a Land Search – Virtual Office Hour
October 21, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Register to get the Zoom link

  • Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland? If you have questions, feel stuck in the process, or want to meet up with other farmers, join us online. Cara Cargill, our New Hampshire Field Agent, will provide an overview of farmland access options, available resources, and recommended steps to take to find and lease/buy farmland in New England. If you have questions that you’d like to get answered please submit them to communications@landforgood.org by 8pm ET on Monday October 20th. Use subject line: How to Conduct a Land Search.

*Farms Under Threat Special New England Report by American Farmland Trust: 7,000 acres of New England agricultural land was lost or threatened by development between 2001 and 2016. 

 


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