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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.

How to Lease Your Land to a Farmer Workshop – complimentary dinner, plus farm tours!
October 25 – 26, 2018
5:30 – 8:30pm
Gould Barn, 1 Howlett Street, Topsfield MA, Register now
  • Have you ever considered making your land available for farming? Farmers in Essex County are looking for land to rent, from a small vegetable plot to livestock or crops. When you make land available to farmers you help secure a future for farming in our region, create economic opportunity, promote food security, and preserve our working landscapes. Understand your land’s potential for farming and what goes into a good farm-leasing arrangement:
    – Benefits & opportunities of leasing your land for farming
    – Identify your personal, financial and land use goals
    – How to find a compatible farmer
    – How to craft a lease agreement
    Hosted by Greenbelt – Essex County’s Land Trust and Land For Good, this workshop will be followed by a guided bus tour of leased farmlands (Alprilla Farm in Essex, Cedar Rock Gardens in West Gloucester, and Marini Farm in Ipswich) on the morning of Friday, October 26th departing from Essex. Workshop and tour are FREE. Registration is required. You may register for one or both days.

Business Succession in Maine’s Food-Based Economy – complimentary lunch!
November 1, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Southern Maine, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus, Register now

  • Selling a food-based business while maintaining its essential character and role in the local food economy is no small task. It’s never too early to start planning! Come learn from Maine experts and food-based business owns, farmers, and fishermen who have successfully transitioned their businesses, be it to their employees, their children, or to unrelated buyers. Choose from break-out sessions on worker ownership models, legal and financial considerations, family dynamics, and more. Registration is required for this event. Co-sponsored by the Food Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, Cooperative Development Institute, Rosemont Market and Bakery, CEI, Maine Farmland Trust, and Land for Good. Registration is requiredMore info

Farmland Access & Transfer Conference
December 3, 2018
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME, More info

  • For farm seekers, retiring farmers, landowners & service providers! Join us for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. Learn strategies for keeping your farmland in production including how to tackle succession planning, plus how to find and secure farmland of your own, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. It’s the largest conference in the region focused solely on land access and transfer. The issues, strategies and skills shared at this conference have relevance far beyond Maine. Co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good. Registration opens soon. Save the date!

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
More info or Register

New Hampshire Farm Succession School
December 12, 2018
January 10, 2019 and
February 7, 2019
Farm Credit East, 2 Constitution Drive, Bedford NH
Each session 10:00am – 3:30pm
More info or Register

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
– 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. Open to all New England Farmers! Learn more about RI Farm Succession School or NH Farm Succession School.

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