Our Good Work                                                            December 2014 

'Tis the season for gratitude and reflection.


We have been so fortunate at Land For Good to have secured the interest of several foundations without whom we would not have the platform for our good work. As we continue to champion land access and transfer for farmers and farmland, we're happy to share our recent good work.

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Show your support of farmers, working farms and a resilient food system. Share our resources, spread the word, and consider making a year-end gift to help gain ground for farmers, working farms and food security. 


Best wishes for a beautiful holiday season,

 
 

Kathy Ruhf
Executive Director

GratitudeGratitude to our Funders & Partners

As I reflect on my decade at LFG, I feel so appreciative of the philanthropies that have supported LFG, and of their program staff who are truly our champions. At its best, funders and their grantees are partners who share a vision and mutually commit to achieving it together. We have this with our core funders and partners. Special thanks to:
 

 Farm Aid
 Cedar Tree Foundation
The John Merck Fund
New Visions Foundation
NH Charitable Foundation
Thomas W. Haas Foundation

 

You make our accomplishments possible!

Ray Conner,
NH Field Agent

We are pleased to announce that Ray Conner, a small scale beginning farmer, has been hired to continue our good work in New Hampshire as our NH Field Agent. We are excited to have Ray join our team!

 

Ray will replace our outgoing NH Field Agent, Melissa Blindow who recently returned to her own NH farm on a full-time basis.

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Multigenerational farmers, Holly and Rick Greenlaw of Greenlaw Gardens.

On a blustery weekend last month, the LFG Board and staff gathered at Green Acre Conference Center in Eliot ME for its annual board-staff retreat.  The day long agenda provided a chance for Board members to get direct program updates from the staff and mark several milestones.

 

Our group also visited Greenlaw Gardens in Kittery ME where we learned about the land access situation and operations of new organic farmers, Rick and Holly Greenlaw. They introduced us to their small organic vegetable farm that they operate on land leased from Rustlewood Farm, the last working dairy farm in Kittery.

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 NEFF
New 
Farm Properties Available
Search farm properties currently for sale.

...with 5 new properties posted just this week in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
 
Search the 50+ farm properties now available on New England Farmland Finder, a free, regional site that connects farm seekers and owners of available farm properties. 


 

Recently posted:

  • Up A Creek Farm (Albany VT) 50+ acres for sale including house, shed and cheese processing facility
  • Cold Pond Community Land Trust (Acworth NH) - 99- year lease on a 'start from scratch' site in a community that stewards 120 acres. 
  • Ridlon Farm (Lisbon ME) - former dairy farm for lease, that used to produce chickens and vegetables. Also with old apple orchard and restored, vintage post and beam barn. Close to markets of mid-coast Maine. 

At the site landowners can learn more about making land available for farming, post properties, and connect with interested farmers.

 

EventsAttend a Winter Workshop
Jim Hafner,
Deputy Director, presents at a Regional Conservation Partnership network gathering.
LFG staff frequently speak and train at local, regional and national events. Most recently we spoke at Farmer-Landowner Mixers in the Berkshires (MA), held a leasing clinic at the 2014 Young Farmers Conference, and networked with beginning farmers at the 2nd Build Your Network event in CT. 

 

Connect with us at these upcoming events, and watch for more details on our Events page.


NOFA-MA Winter Conference

January 10, 2015
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
Register online 

 

NOFA-NH Winter Conference  January 31, 2015
Rundlett Middle School
Concord, NH

Register online 

 

Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference
February 25 - 26, 2015
Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
Register online  

Interested in a workshop or training for your group or community? Contact us
"Thank you for all you do for New Hampshire's farming community."

- The Hvizda Team, KW Metro Realty
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"Thank you. You helped me out this past winter. I connected with another farm using your farmer-farm link networks. It is a historic farm being preserved.  I am really excited about this opportunity and think it's a great match. This match never would have happened without your organization and its resources."
 

- Jessica Pykosz,
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