Our Good Work Newsletter                                  Winter 2014 
Winter is a busy time for farmers. They are making repairs, catching up on paperwork, and planning. They're also gathering information, gaining skills, and networking.

 

This makes winter a great time for us to reach out. By the end of this month we'll have organized, hosted or appeared at nearly 20 workshops and events across New England this winter. We've also helped an unprecedented number of individual farm families, farm seekers, landowners and community supporters.

These are all opportunities to help farmers acquire farmland, plan farm transfers or connect with landowners who want to make their land available for farming. And we continue to develop new projects, strengthen partnerships and assist communities across the region.
 
Your support, involvement and ideas make this good work possible. Thank you for helping to spread the word. The growing recognition that farmland access is key to a secure, resilient regional food system is evidence that we're gaining ground together.

Please take a minute to learn more about who we help and how you can support this work. It's not too late to respond to our recent Year End Appeal letter or donate now online. Every gift counts!

We rely on you to gain ground for farmers and to keep working farms working. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Kathy Ruhf

 
 
 
Kathy Ruhf 
Executive Director
leasesNever Too Early (or too late) to
Plan for Your Farm's Future
If you're planning to retire or simply looking ahead to your farm's future, we can help. LFG has worked with hundreds of farmers and farm families to find innovative solutions that keep their farms in farming, provide a meaningful legacy and address the financial, legal and business challenges involved in a transition. We can help you start - and finish - your succession plan even if there is no identified successor.
Farmers need land that is affordable, appropriate, and can be accessed under secure and equitable arrangements. LFG offers farm seekers the resources and support they need to consider all facets of acquiring farmland. We help farmers plan and implement a successful land access strategy - whether it involves ownership, leasing or other creative arrangements. They are better prepared for the search, more likely to connect with a farm property or owner, and fashion the best agreement for them. Visit our Farm Seekers Toolbox.
NEFFSearch or Post Farm Properties in
New England
The New England Farmland Finder is a free farm property posting site that helps landowners and farm seekers connect. Its easy for owners to post farm properties and for farm seekers to search. There are currently 50+ farm properties available for lease, sale or other tenure arrangements on the site. It is a free, region-wide, friendly portal for property holders and farmland seekers. Browse the New England Farmland Finder.

networksNetworks Key to Acessing Land - and for Beginning Farmers
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Land For Good partners with many other service providers and organizations to advance work on land access issues. For example, LFG is active in the Beginning Farmers Network of MA (BFN-MA) and was a sponsor and facilitator at the BFN-MA Fall Forum. Nearly 100 farmers, educators and advisors came together for networking and roundtable discussions on a range of hot-button issues, including land access. Deputy Director, Jim Hafner's opening remarks focused on the importance of informal and formal networks like BFN-MA. Read his blog post about this fast-paced event.

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Places We've Been

Maine Agricultural Trade Show, Augusta 

   

 
 
 
 
 
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