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Accessing Farmland in the Valley

At the February 4, 2014 Farmland Access Information Night in Greenfield, MA, new farmers seeking to buy or lease farmland will gather with landowners interested in selling or leasing to a farmer, established farmers thinking about passing on their farm to the next generation or owner, professional advisors and members of the local agricultural community.

Over 70% of our farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. A new generation of farmers is looking to get onto farmland, while older farmers strive to pass their farms on, and more landowners seek farming uses on their land. Where to start? Who to ask? Professionals in the local farming community will answer questions about how to plan, evaluate, buy, lease, qualify for funding, and understand conservation easements, owner financing options, and much more.

“Access to farmland is a top obstacle for beginning farmers. They need to find advisors and resources in their community, and to start building their networks and social capital. These events accelerate that process,” says Kathy Ruhf, Executive Director of Land For Good. Land For Good is a non-profit organization that helps ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land.

Land For Good is co-hosting this free event with Franklin Regional Council of Governments and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, two organizations working on farmer and farmland issues in the Valley.

Learn about the challenges new and established farmers face when accessing land, including how to navigate the process of acquiring land and work with landowners at the Land Access Information Night on February 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (snow date: February 5) at the John W. Olver Transit Center at 12 Olive Street in Greenfield, MA. Please enter on the Olive Street side of the Transit Center to the downstairs conference room.

This is a free event. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Reservations suggested! For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Land For Good at 603-357-1600 or go to www.landforgood.org/rsvp.

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