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Lunch and Learn Series with American Farmland Trust

Join American Farmland Trust to explore new groundbreaking work addressing the farmland, practices and people that sustain us through our efforts in New York and New Jersey.

Millions of acres of America’s agricultural land were developed or converted to uses that threaten farming between 2001 and 2016, according to “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States,” a new report by American Farmland Trust. Paving over, fragmenting, and converting farmland out of agriculture puts food security, the environment, and our way of life in jeopardy.

253,507 acres of New York’s irreplaceable agricultural land were lost or fragmented between 2001 and 2016, ranking New York within the top 20 most threatened states. New Jersey scored among the top states for its percentage of farmland lost or fragmented even as it leads the country in its response to the threat.  

What does this change in the landscape mean for food resiliency, environmental benefits, and the future of farmers on the land? 

Please join members of AFT’s staff and New York Council and featured experts to learn about AFT’s approach to shifting this paradigm in the region. We’ll look at strategies to mitigate farmland loss and the potential this land holds to support a strong farm and food system that increases resilience to climate change through the lens of three core program areas: Land, Regenerative Farming Practices,  and People. 

These webinars are free and open to anyone with an interest in learning more.

Photo credit: Top photo taken of a Long Island farm field bordering a housing development, by Lindsay Morris.

Please register below:

PEOPLE: Join us on August 12th at 11 a.m.

Molly Johnston-Heck, Regional Farmland for a New Generation Manager, will share an update on her work across New York and New Jersey to help lead AFT’s efforts to support farmers in search of land while aiding retiring farmers and other farmland owners in successfully transferring farmland. Farmers who have benefited directly from AFT’s “farm-link” and other New Generation Farming programs have been invited to join us.

Register here

Photo credit: Rebecca Drobis