The 2017 Farmland Access Conference will happen on Monday, December 4th at the Augusta Civic Center at 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME. The conference will provide a venue for day of learning, discussions, and dialog, where participants will get an opportunity to grapple with the challenges of how to provide for a farm’s future when a farmer is ready to step back from the work, and how next generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition and make their mark on the future of Maine and New England’s Food System.
The organizers are seeking proposals from prospective presenters and session organizers that can speak to the strategies and tools to ensure that lands in transition will remain available for farming, as well as presentations that illuminate the ways in which successful farm transfers are shaping the future of our food system. We are looking for conference content that will provide targeted and practical information for a diverse audience of farm seekers, landowners (including non-farming landowners), agricultural service providers, and land trusts.
Feel free to peruse the 2016 session descriptions (mainefarmlandtrust.org/farmland-access-new/farmland-access-conference-session-descriptions-2016/) for a better idea of themes and topics covered in the past.
Presenters will receive a generous benefit package including free conference registration, a local foods lunch, and the opportunity for free tabling space to network with farmers and colleagues during scheduled breaks. Presenters also have the option to receive reimbursement for mileage to off-set costs of travel and potentially other pre-approved travel expenses.
We will begin to review proposals by the week of Monday, October 2. Please submit your proposal by close of business, October 2.
Questions? Please contact Andrew Marshall at andrew [at] landforgood.org.