From The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires:

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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.


NEXT STEPS

  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.

ORGANIZATIONS

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

Beginning Farmers

New England Small Farm Institute “New England Landlink”

Find More Resources and Case Models Here

Resources from the Farmland Access Symposium
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