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Land Access Info Nights are a hit!

Land For Good continued its partnership in New Hampshire with NOFA New Hampshire Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator Ray Conner, and Keller Williams Realtor Mike Hvizda by co-hosting the 4th in a continuing series of Land Access Information Nights around the state. The June 25th at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, brought together a panel of farm service providers to address the greatest barriers to land access, tenure and transfer.

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The event drew a mixed crowd of mostly land seekers and some non-farming land owners who want to see their land more actively farmed. It was an opportunity for individuals to get the answers to their individual challenges and talk about key concerns unique to their community and region.The biggest challenges to beginning farmers include access to land, access to capital and credit, business planning and marketing skills, health care, education and training, and access to markets. Each Info Night panel is made up of regional representatives from Farm Service Agency, Farm Credit East, land trusts, attorneys, UNH Cooperative Extension Specialists and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservationists. Sometimes the most overreaching barrier to beginning farmers is the momentum that social capital brings when starting to farm in a new community. These mixers are excellent ways to get to know the farmers and service providers new farmers will be working with in the years ahead.More Land Access Information nights are in the works for the North Conway area, Seacoast and Upper Valley of New Hampshire. 

For more information on Land Access Information nights around New England or to host one in your area, please contact Melissa Blindow at (603) 801-6839.

This post originally appeared in originally appeared in Our Good Work (Summer 2013) newsletter.

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