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NH farmers face land access challenges head-on with help from local groups—and fellow farmers

Farm seekers and landowners will make valuable connections at a free workshop on March 6, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Throwback Brewery, 7 Hobbs Road, North Hampton, NH (snow date March 27). NH farmers will get help from local groups of farm service providers to learn how to find and evaluate farmland, explore leasing and financing options, get help if taking over a retiring farmer’s operation, better understand conservation, protection and stewardship, and expand their network and connections at this mixer.

Access to farmland is a top obstacle for new and beginning farmers. They need to know where to turn for help and resources in their community,” shares Cara Cargill, NH Field Agent for Land For Good. “If you’re interested in buying or leasing farmland in NH, have questions or feel stuck in the process, you don’t want to miss this free workshop.”

In New Hampshire senior farmers (age 65 or older) operate 30% of the state’s farms. The 158,000 acres and $628 million in land and agricultural infrastructure they own will transfer ownership in the next 10+ years. How and to whom this NH farmland transfers will have an enormous impact on the future of farming in NH. A recent study shed light on what will be needed to facilitate the transition of these farms and farmland to a next generation of farmers. (Gaining Insights, Gaining Access)

Ten (10) farm service providers will be there to offer assistance including:
BCM Environmental & Land Law
Farm Credit East
Hvizda Team Keller Williams
Land For Good

NH Agricultural Mediation Program
NH Community Loan Fund

UNH Cooperative Extension
Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT) 
USDA Farm Service Agency

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Registration is required. Call Land For Good at 603-357-1600 or register now at landforgood.org/rsvp.

Complimentary food will be provided, and you can buy some local brewed beer at this farmer mixer.

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