120 Attended the Farmland Access Symposium
Thank you all for your support and participation in the April 12th Farmland Access Symposium. We had a standing-room-only crowd for a very productive knowledge transfer. Now the work begins to connect more farmers with more farmland.
These are tasks which require an individualized, situation specific, place-based approach. There are many experts and organizations ready to assist you and your community. Below we have compiled resource lists to get you started.
- To scale up production connect established and new farmers with land owners
- To keep farms working create farm succession and transfer plans for retiring farmers
- To ensure local control and permanent affordability acquire community-owned farmland
Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director, Berkshire Grown
Billie Best, President, Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires
Bill Martin, Vice President, Farm Credit East
Kathy Ruhf, Executive Director, Land for Good
Rick Chandler, Business Training Program Director, Mass Dept of Agriculture Resources
Susan Witt, Executive Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Martha Bryan, Greater Berkshire Agriculture Fund Program Manager, The Carrot Project
TOOLS & ISSUE EDUCATION
Land for Good
New England Farm Finder
New England Small Farm Institute "New England Landlink"
Massachusetts Agriculture Preservation Restriction Program
Farm Credit East "GenerationNext" Program
New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System (pdf file)
A New Lease on Farmland by Susan Witt and Jay Rossier