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Want to start a farm in NH?

Upcoming rap session for new and beginning farmers to provide professional help for individual challenges! At the February 8, 2014 New & Beginning Farmer Rap Session, new, young and beginning farmers can gather new resources for addressing some of the challenges and opportunities farmers face in starting a farm in New Hampshire.

Where to start? Who to ask? Professionals in the local farming community will listen to attendees’ individual challenges and answer questions about how to plan, evaluate, buy or lease, get access to capital and health insurance, infrastructure, distribution, markets, regulatory environment, and more. New & Beginning Farmer Rap Session is part of the NH Farm & Forest Expo happening in Manchester, NH.

Over 70% of our farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. A new generation of farmers is looking to get onto farmland and they face challenges in accessing farmland and capital. NOFA and Land For Good, along with Small and Beginning Farmers of NH and NH Farm Bureau Young Farmers, are working together to get more farmers on the land because it’s essential for food security and good land stewardship, and to preserve our farming heritage.

New, young and beginning farmers will come together with professionals in the farming community to discuss their own challenges at this New & Beginning Farmer Rap Session as they seek opportunities to start farming in NH. “Beginning farmers need to find advisors and resources in their community, and to  build their networks and social capital. These events accelerate that process,” says Kathy Ruhf, Executive Director of Land For Good. Land For Good is a non-profit organization that helps ensure the future of farming by putting more farmers more securely on more land in New England and beyond.

“This is your chance to voice your unique challenges in starting your farm business, listen to others voice theirs, and talk solutions and share resources in order to build a more resilient beginning farmer community,” says Ray Conner, Beginning Farmer Coordinator for Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.
This workshop will take place on February 8, 2014 as part of the NH Farm & Forest Expo at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street in Manchester, NH. This workshop is hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH, Small & Beginning Farmers of NH, and Land For Good.

Admission price to the Expo is $7 per person; under 16 years are free. Save $1 off admission price by bringing 2 non-perishable food items to benefit the NH Food Bank.

Reservations for this workshop are suggested! To reserve a seat, contact Land For Good at (603)357-1600 or visit www.landforgood.org/workshop.

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