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Events and Training

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.

Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
Land Access Boot Camp
February 22, 2018
Organic University, La Crosse WI
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  • A full-day course! Finding land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers. Get a leg up on your search with help from this powerhouse team. Learn how to determine the utility of a piece of land, whether buying or leasing is the best option, and how to get financing, as well as pitfalls to avoid and issues to anticipate as you look for a home for your farm. Instructors include Kathy Ruhf, LFG’s Senior Program Director; Tess Brown-Lavoie, LFG’s Rhode Island Field Agent; and Brett Olson, co-founder of Renewing the Countryside.
NH Farm Transfer Planning Workshop
February 23, 2018
UNH Campus, Durham NH
9:00am – 3:00pm
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  • A free one-day workshop to learn basic considerations for transferring the farm to the next generation, or taking the farm over from a family or non-family member. Topics include elements of a succession plan, goal-setting, financial considerations, legal aspects, conservation easement tools, and how crop insurance can lower risk for all involved. Participation from both generations is highly encouraged, if applicable. In partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension, USDA, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT), and Land For Good. Please contact Kelly McAdam at 603.527.5475 or email kelly.mcadam@unh.edu.
Food Security Requires Land Security (panel)
Yale Food Systems Symposium
February 23 – 24, 2018
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven CT, More info
  • Panelists will discuss the historical and cultural contexts around agricultural land tenure in the U.S. and the structural inequities that underlie the land tenure issue. They will present successful, promising and innovative approaches to address farmland affordability, tenure security and equity, and farm legacy. Based on work in New England – and drawing on examples from across the US – research findings and policy opportunities at the local, state and federal levels will be shared. Session participants will engage in discussion about what they can do to improve land access and transfer to strengthen food systems. Conference registration is required.
Land Access For Beginning Farmers Workshop
Southeastern Mass Ag Partnership (SEMAP) Food & Ag Conference
February 25, 2018

Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA, More info
  • This workshop will highlight the ins and outs of farmland access as it pertains to beginning and early career farmers, especially surrounding farm search strategies, leasing, and land assessment. Conference registration is required.
Massachusetts Real Estate Professional Training
March 2, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
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  • Free training session! Massachusetts real estate professionals will receive guidance, tools and resources to understand and describe what a commercial farm buyer looks for in a farm property such as soils, field acreage, buildings and infrastructure, water and forest resources, identify legal and tax issues relevant to farm properties, explore farm financing options, understand conservation easements and more! Plus discover helpful state and regional “land linking” programs to reach farmers. Not eligible for continuing education credits. Presented by Land For Good and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Register now
NH Farmland Access Info Night & Farmer Mixer
March 6, 2018
Throwback Brewery, North Hampton NH
6:00 – 8:00pm
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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