Current

Events

Our staff offer presentations and host workshops, trainings, and mixers across the region with local and regional partners.

What’s happening

Understanding Succession and Transfer Challenges for Farms in the Middle: Some Recommendations for Practice and Policy
2024 AFHVS-ASFS Conference Right to Food-Food as Commons
Thursday, June 6, 2024

8:00-9:30am
Falk College at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY
Register

  • Food system professionals, researchers, academics, students, and practitioners, will hear preliminary results from a transdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative investigation of farm succession and transfer dynamics of “agriculture of the middle” (AOTM) farms. Like other farmers nationwide, AOTM farmers are now aging and therefore navigating pressing challenges of farm succession and transfer. Kathy Ruhf, Land For Good’s Senior Advisor, will present the fourth paper of this investigation and provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities associated with farm succession and transfers for AOTM farms and offers practice and policy recommendations. Hosted by Syracuse Universities Falk College, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Le Moyne.

No-Till Farming
Wednesday June 19, 2024

9:00-1:00PM
Stonecipher Farm, Bowdoinham, ME
Register

  • New farmers – and anyone with fewer than 10 years of experience in farming – this farm visit is a great change to learn about no-till farming techniques with Stonecipher’s Ian Jerolmack. Ian Jerolmack and Emily Goodchild own and operate Stonecipher Farm, a certified organic 5-acre “no-till” vegetable, fruit, and egg farm. Also a great opportunity to network with other new farmers and service providers including Kate Turcotte, Land For Good’s Maine Field Agent. Hosted by UMaine Extension and the Maine New Farmers Project.

Maximizing Growing in Small Spaces
Wednesday July 17, 2024

4:00-6:00pm
Wild Fern Farm, Kingston, NH
Register

  • Farmers and landowners are invited to join Liz Willey for an on-farm workshop. Wild Fern Farm is a small, hand scale vegetable farm that grows on 1/3 of an acre and 2,500 square feet of high tunnels. The farm currently offers a CSA, sells at The Portsmouth farmers market and supplies wholesale crops to the food hub, The Three River Farmers Alliance. The design of the farm is to stay small, efficient and hand scale. In this workshop, Liz will share the ways she maximizes limited space and discuss methods of “bed flipping.” Liz will also share some of the story of growing on leased land at Bakie Farm and the steps she must take to remain organic on shared land. Kali Lucey, Land For Good’s New Hampshire Field Agent, will be present and happy to discuss the way Land For Good can support you with farmland access and secure tenure. Hosted by Land For Good and NOFA-NH’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP).

Succession Presentations for Maine Cheese Guild’s Dairy Leadership Cohort
Monday July 22 & 29, 2024

12:00-2:00pm
Virtual

  • A succession workshop designed by Land For Good for Maine Cheese Guild’s Dairy Leadership Cohort. The first session will describe the seven key components of a farm succession plan ranging from management transfer to retirement planning to family communication. Strategies for identifying a successor for farms operating without an heir, strategies for success, and how to build a team of advisors that can turn your succession plan into a reality will be covered. The goal is to provide a broad overview of the succession planning process and to identify resources and next steps. A workbook and handouts will be provided to attendees to complete on their own time. In the second session we will focus on specific questions and answers and discuss follow up resources that are available to support you in continuing on the journey of farm and business succession. Kate Turcotte, Land For Good’s Maine Field Agent will lead these sessions. Hosted by the Maine Cheese Guild.

Farmer Training Project: Accessing and Leasing Land
Wednesday July 31, 2024

5:00-7:00pm
Suncatcher Flower Farm, Brunswick, ME
Register

  • Farm tour and conversation at Suncatcher Flower Farm, which leases one acre of land from Crystal Spring Farm, for farmers that are interested in leasing land as well as farmers with land to lease. Kate Turcotte, Land For Good’s Maine Field Agent, will discuss the essentials of a good lease, considerations for growing on leased land and how to find land to farm. Additionally, farmer Krysten will share decisions she makes in her business because she leases. Free event with opportunities for networking. Registration required. Hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Did you miss an event?

We record many of our online workshops and webinars, so you can watch and learn at your own pace. Visit our YouTube channel.

PO Box 625
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Phone: 603-357-1600