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Events

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

What’s happening

Farmlinking Roundtable
National Farm Viability Conference
Tuesday, April 30th
, 2024
2:00-3:30pm
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV
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  • Existing and aspiring Farmlinking organizations, join this roundtable forum to discuss and learn from one another about emerging topics, challenges, solutions, and opportunities for collaboration. Some areas of discussion may include: Starting/Managing a land linking organization, Increasing land access opportunities, Data management and evaluation, Website mechanics and management, Other topics of interest proposed by attendees. Shemariah Blum-Evitts, Land For Good’s Interim Executive Director will speak alongside Liya Schwartzman and Margaret Rossano from California FarmLink.

“But, I Don’t Plan to EVER Retire”: Working with Young Farmers on Retirement Saving, and Senior Farmers on Retirement Planning and Implementation to Support Farm Succession
National Farm Viability Conference
Tuesday, April 30th
, 2024
4:00-5:30pm
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV
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  • This workshop will be a discussion of how farm service providers can encourage and support farmers to think and plan for retirement early at younger ages as a part of the business planning process. It will also describe how providers can help farmers near retirement to determine their retirement needs and sources of retirement funds. Please come with your own experiences, ideas, questions, tools, and resources to share for the discussion of how we as farm service providers can better assist young farmers to save for retirement and senior farmers to address their personal and financial needs as they enter into their retirement years. Mike Ghia, Land For Good’s Vermont Field Agent, will lead this session.

Emerging Farm Transfer Planning Models – A Discussion of Successes and Challenges
National Farm Viability Conference
Thursday, May 2nd
, 2024
8:30-10:00am
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV
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  • A moderated panel discussion among state program managers and land transfer professionals to share successes and challenges in both developing and implementing emerging models of farm transfer planning assistance. This discussion will feature programs that provide guidance for service providers to facilitate conversations with farm families and identified successors to identify their goals and develop action plans to make their farm transfers happen. Panelists include: Laura Barley – Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Farm Viability Planner, Liya Schwartzman – California FarmLink, Senior Program Manager, Equity and Conservation on Working Lands, Melissa Adams – Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Programs Manager, Farm Viability and Agricultural Business Training Programs, Mike Ghia – Land For Good, Vermont Field Agent, Liz Gleason – Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, Director, and Stephen Bishop – NC State Extension, NC FarmLink Western Director.

A Conversation with (and for) Service Providers: Addressing Power in Farmland Access, Tenure, and Transfer
National Farm Viability Conference
Thursday, May 2nd
, 2024
10:30am-12:00pm
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV
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  • This roundtable discussion will provide a structured space for service providers (SPS) to discuss the ways their organizations have been grappling with questions of power and race in their farmland access, tenure, and transfer work-specifically the concentration of land, farmland, and wealth in white communities. To ensure that a diverse new generation of farm seekers has access to land, we as service providers have identified a pressing need to support and educate landowners. This work is crucial to our collective goals of creating a thriving and just food system. This roundtable is best suited for organizations and SPS who have spent time working on and thinking about questions of race, whiteness, power, and justice in their farmland access, tenure, and transfer work. Facilitated by Rachel Brice – Land For Good, Program & Development Manager, Molly Johnston-Heck – American Farmland Trust, Laura Poliné González – California FarmLink, Heidi Exline – American Farmland Trust, NY/NJ Deputy Director, Amanda Shaw – O’ahu Agriculture and Conservation Association, Executive Director.

Leveraging Conservation: Agricultural Conservation Easements as a Business, Succession and Access Strategy
National Farm Viability Conference
Thursday, May 2nd
, 2024
10:30am-12:00pm
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, WV
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  • This session will focus on the role of agricultural conservation easements in farm and ranch viability and succession. A panel of service providers will first highlight ways that purchases of agricultural conservation easements and Buy-Protect-Sell (BPS) projects are supporting business investment and diversification and facilitating farm transfer and succession, using recent examples of land protection and BPS projects and sharing findings from a recent national survey of participants in the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The panel will then explore two topics in depth: opportunities for greater alignment and integration of land protection efforts with business and/or farm transfer planning, and addressing issues in agricultural land protection that impact farm profitability, including maintaining farm affordability over multiple generations, providing flexibility in future business and land configurations and ownership structures, and challenges that successive generations on protected agricultural land face given the lower market value of the protected land. Panelists include: Cris Coffin – American Farmland Trust, Senior Policy Advisor; Director, National Agricultural Land Network, Ebonie Alexander – Black Family Land Trust, Inc, Executive Director, Jan Joannides – Renewing the Countryside, Executive Director, Mike Ghia – Land For Good, Vermont Field Agent.

2024 NH Food System Gathering
Friday, May 17th, 2024

9:00am-4:00pm
The Barn on the Pemi, Plymouth, NH
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  • A unique opportunity for food system professionals to learn and connect with other people, business, and organizations working to better New Hampshire’s local food system. You’ll learn and connect with movers and shakers from across the state on a variety of food system topics through six dynamic breakout sessions, networking activities, a locally-sourced lunch, and end-of-gathering celebration. Kali Lucey, Land For Good’s New Hampshire Field Agent, will be there. Register before May 3! Hosted by the NH Food Alliance.

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