Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires is a Massachusetts nonprofit organization managing land and advocating community ownership of land.
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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.


  1. To scale up production connect established and new farmers with land owners
  2. To keep farms working create farm succession and transfer plans for retiring farmers
  3. To ensure local control and permanent affordability acquire community-owned 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.


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


Land for Good New England Farm Finder

eginning Farmers

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

Become a member of your Community Land Trust!

Just mail a check for $10 or 10 BerkShares to
Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires
PO Box 276
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Learn more about our work...

Cross Pollinate

Indian Line Farm Model
Caretaker Farm Model
Forest Row Community Housing Model
Bow Wow Farm Model
Equity Trust "Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program"
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