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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.

Practicalities and Realities in Land Law: A Workshop for Ag Service Providers
June 15 and 17, 2021
Noon-3pm Eastern / 11am – 2pm Central / 10am-1pm Mountain / 9am-Noon Pacific
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Are you an agricultural service provider navigating a thicket of questions, issues, and complexities from farmers and ranchers around leasing land, buying land, and alternative land tenure strategies? Together, we’ll explore the laws and legal principles behind land leasing, due diligence, purchasing land, conservation easements, zoning, paths to ownership, and social justice-oriented tenure strategies. No matter where you are located nationwide, you’ll learn legal risk management strategies that help you help farmers, without overstepping your limits as a non-attorney. This program is specifically for nonprofit staff, Extension educators, business consultants, incubator farm managers, and other agriculture support persons. Presented by Rachel Armstrong, an attorney and director of Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization that has been providing high quality legal education to farm communities on land matters issues for nearly a decade; and Kathy Ruhf, senior advisor at Land For Good, who has consulted, taught, written and trained on these topics for over 30 years.

Register once for both days. Each three-hour workshop will occur over Zoom. Cost is $45 or free for Farm Commons members. Two-session agenda:

Part 1 – June 15, 2021
Selecting Farmland
Financing Land Purchases
Leasing Farmland

Part 2 – June 17, 2021
Paths to Ownership
Conservation Easements
Social justice and non-traditional land access strategies

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