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Upcoming Events

Land For Good staff host mixers, workshops and training across the region, typically with local or regional partners. We are also frequent speakers, panel organizers or moderators at other local, regional and national events.

 

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s
Farm Business Planning Class
February 12, 2019
6:00 – 9:00pm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Registration required

  • Jason Silverman, LFG’s Massachusetts Field Agent, will discuss land access, transfer and tenure. Plus resources available to farmers, such as New England Farmland Finder site, as well as things to consider for when leasing or buying land will be featured. Thanks to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for the invitation!

This year’s Farm Succession Schools!

Rhode Island Farm Succession School
December 11, 2018
January 9, 2019 and
February 8, 2019
USDA Service Center, 60 Quaker Lane #46, Warwick RI
Each session 10:00am – 3:30pm
Registration is now closed. To request late registration, please contact Kathy Ruhf

If you’re like most farmers, you know that succession planning is important, but that it’s easy to put off. Get structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage your family, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Your commitment of three winter days will allow you to develop a concrete succession plan for your farm business, your land and your future. Topics include: goal setting, estate planning, retirement planning and budgeting, family communications, legal structures and considerations, bringing on a successor, plus management transfer and mentoring.

The fee is $300 per farmer or farm couple, including lunch, refreshments and materials. You’ll get $200 back toward additional succession-related advising. You will also receive no-cost technical assistance between sessions and continuing planning support from Land For Good. Registration is now closed. For more information, contact Kathy Ruhf.


Where We’ve Been

Selected Presentations

  • Sponsor, Facilitator and Opening Remarks, Farmland Access and the Importance of Networks for Service Providers, Beginning Farmer Network of MA (BFN/MA) Fall Forum, Charlton MA, Nov. 2013.
  • Farmland Access, Tenure and Transfer: Conservation Tool and Context, Panel on Working Lands Conservation, 5th Regional Conservation Partnership Gathering, Nashua NH, Nov. 2013
  • Affordability (panel presenter and moderator), Farmland Access and Affordability Forum, Wethersfield CT, Oct. 2013
  • Co-Sponsor, organizer and presenter, New England Farmland Convening, Portsmouth NH, May 2013
  • Agriculture Trends in MA and New England and Land Conservation, Mt. Grace Conservation Land Trust, Athol MA, 2013
  • Land For Good’s Approach to Farmland Access, JUST Land national gathering, Land Stewardship Project, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Access to Land for Beginning Farmers, National Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Annual Conference, Rochester MN, 2012
  • Leasing Your Protected Farmland for Agricultural Use, Rhode Island Land and Water Summit, Kingston RI, 2010
  • Land Access, Leasing, Land Trusts and More, Drake Agricultural Law Center Forum on Beginning Farmers, Washington DC,, 2010
  • Farm/Ranch Succession Education, Programs and Services, Changing Lands, Changing Hands national conference, Denver CO, 2009
  • Farmland Access and Transfer, Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA 2009
  • Annual conference, Massachusetts Association of Agriculture Commissions 2009.
  • What’s the Plan for the Farm?, Michigan Land Use Institute, Traverse City MI, 2007
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Beginning Farmers, Small and Beginner Farmers of NH conference, October 2007