Our Good Work                                                            Early Fall 2014 
Happy Autumn! Along with the cooler weather comes busier fall days tending to the harvest. We at Land For Good are into a busy fall championing land access and transfer for farmers and farmland.
 

We've pushed out this early fall e-news to share some exciting news, useful tools and timely opportunities:

As our working landscape makes this beautiful seasonal transition, please take a minute to learn more about why innovative farmland access and transfer is so important to your community and to our region. Then...

Contact us for help on land access, tenure and transfer solutions for your situation or community.

 

Connect on Facebook and Twitter for a steady feed of relevant news, stories, discussion and resources.

 

Act on your support of farmers, working farms and a resilient food system. Share our resources, spread the word, and make a donation to support our work. 


Together we can gain more ground for farmers and the healthy, working landscape that we all love.

 
Kathy  

Kathy Ruhf
Executive Director
Land For Good
kathy@landforgood.org

AndrewMaine farmer-educator joins team
Andrew Marshall,
Education & Field Director

We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Marshall, a Maine farmer and leader in farmer education, will join the organization as our first Education and Field Director.

 

Andrew's work has focused on the design and delivery of innovative education and training in sustainable agriculture. For over a decade (2003-14), Andrew was Educational Programs Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's (MOFGA), where he specialized in new farmer development initiatives. He led MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program and spearheaded the growth of its nationally recognized JourneyPerson's training program for new farmers that helped over 200 new farmers get started during his tenure.

 

Andrew will work across New England, developing our educational programming and coordinating the activities of LFG Field Agents in all six New England states.

 

Read more in the full blog post
 toolFarmland mapping tool
Mike Ghia, Vermont Field Agent

In my work as the Vermont Field Agent for Land For Good, I work with both farmers looking for land and non-farming property owners who are looking to make their land available for agriculture. One of the first things that I often ask about is the types of soils on the properties that are under discussion.

 

A relatively new tool available in Vermont, the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas, can be used to map soils as well as other features of use to farmers such as property boundaries, acreage and flooding hazards and much more! My blog post provides some illustrations of various maps of farm resources that may be helpful, followed by a link to a tutorial on how to use the Atlas. - Mike

A soil map of farmland along the Connecticut River, Westminster VT, generated using
the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas 
NOFAKicking off a busy event season
Kathy Ruhf, LFG Executive Director, presenting at NOFA Conference.
It was great to connect with old friends, and make new friends, at the NOFA Summer Conference in Amherst MA. LFG staff conducted three separate workshops on farm succession, innovative farm financing, and accessing farmland.  

 

Connect with us at these upcoming events - and our training page for updates.

Interested in a workshop or training for your group or community? Contact us
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In Their Words

...Thanks goodness people like you folks exist. I went to your web page and breathed a giant sigh of relief. I only wish I had been smart enough to come sooner!"
(A new Maine farmer, Maine)

Farm Properties Available!

 

New this month on New England Farmland Finder: a unique farming opportunity outside of Boston, a working VT dairy seeks to transition owners, a 100-acre NH farmstead for lease, and 25 Acre (MA) and Happy Nest (ME) farms for sale.


 

New England Farmland Finder is a free, regional farm listing site directly connectng farm seekers and owners.

Farm Seeker Tools

 

Check out the Farm Seekers Toolbox for resources and tools about acquiring farmland, planning a search, drafting a lease and more! Many free downloads to point you in the right direction.
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