AFT delivers training and resources to support a new generation of farmers and landowners in the Pacific Northwest, working to ensure they can earn a living and make a life on the land—keeping their land in agriculture.
Farmland for the Next Generation Training Program
Thirty-two percent of Pacific Northwest farmland is set to change hands in the next 15 years. In Washington state specifically, over 75 percent of farmers over 65 lack a succession plan or identified heir. At the same time, the ranks of beginning farmers have steadily declined and access to affordable land is listed as the top barrier for new and beginning farmers.
AFT’s Pacific Northwest Farmland for the Next Generation program will create a network of agricultural service providers across Washington trained to help new and beginning farmers navigate paths to land access and learn the basic financial skills needed to make informed land access decisions.
By familiarizing agricultural service providers with our teaching approach and curriculum, AFT is expanding a statewide network of land access professionals who can share their knowledge and skills with each other — and ultimately increase the number of new and beginning farmers with secure land tenure in the Pacific Northwest.