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Berkshire Farm Futures Events

Strategies for Finding, Affording, and Securing Farmland in Berkshire County

November 2nd, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Join us on a deep dive into strategies and tools for accessing farmland! This virtual workshop will build off of the recent Oct. 19th Resource Roundup event, and is intended for Berkshire County, MA farmers or those seeking access to farmland in Berkshire County. Jae Silverman, MA Field Agent at Land for Good, will lead an in-depth tutorial on land access considerations and methods. Tina Smith, Western Massachusetts APR Program Planner at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will provide information about the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction program and considerations for accessing or farming on conserved farmland. There will be ample time for Q&A, and a range of agricultural service providers from the region will be on the call to weigh in with resources and ideas.

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Planning for the Future of Your Farmland

Dalton, MA: Tuesday, April 25th, 5:30-7:30pm Adams, MA: Tuesday, May 2nd, 5:30-7:30 The events included speakers from Square Roots Farm, American Farmland Trust, Land For Good, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, MA Department of Agricultural Resources, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, Farm Credit East, and Lazan Law.

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Resource Roundup: Finding Farmland in Berkshire County

October 19th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Lenox, MA This in-person workshop will include introductory talks from agricultural service providers about land access and financing resources/services that their organizations provide to farmers. There will be time for Q&A followed by a mix/mingle—an opportunity for farmers and resource folks to connect and peruse the resource materials table.

Planning for the Future of Your Farmland (2022)

On May 11, 2022, American Farmland Trust collaborated with Land for Good on its first farmer workshop in Berkshire County in a series of farmer workshops to take place over the coming years. “Planning for the Future of Your Farmland,” co-hosted hosted with the Williamstown Agricultural Commission, brought together 35 farmers and agricultural support organizations to share information about conservation options, farm succession planning, financial planning, and estate planning. The workshop featured speakers from Caretaker Farm, the Williamstown Agricultural Commission, Land for Good, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Farm Credit East, and Lazan Law. This workshop was part of a grant-funded collaborative effort between American Farmland Trust & Land for Good to enhance farmer education and outreach in Berkshire County. If you are a farm landowner interested in support with a farm transition plan, reach out to Land for Good.

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