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Farms for the Future

A Skill-Building Workshop Series for Municipalities, Land Trusts, and Non-Profits to Support Farms and Farmers in northern New England

Despite long-standing efforts to protect and support agriculture, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont continue to lose agricultural land every year. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the critical role of local farms and farmers to community resilience and well-being, as well as the imperative for securing farmland and making it available for farmers for the future. Land trusts, municipalities, and local support organizations can and do play vital roles in supporting agriculture—but we all must do more.

This five-part, free workshop series for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will provide introductory level workshops to offer skill-building resources, guidance, and networking to municipalities, land trusts, and organizations interested in protecting more farmland, increasing land access for farmers, building climate resiliency, planning for agriculture, and advancing land justice. Participants will hear from local and regional experts and professionals in the field, including farmers, planners, land trusts, policy makers, scientists, and land justice advocates. Workshops will be highly interactive and limited to 30 people to facilitate networking and dialogue. The webinars will be presented in online forums in August and September 2020 and will be recorded and available afterwards on the Farmland Information Center (farmlandinfo.org).

Workshops will focus on: Supporting and Sustaining Farms, Farmers, and Farmland in your Community; Strategies and Tools for Farm Protection; Solar Siting and Farmland: Siting Options and Considerations; Strategies and Tools for Making Farmland Available to Farmers; and Tools and Resources for Supporting Black, Indigenous, and Farmers of Color in Your Community.

 

REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!

*Though these workshops are FREE, we ask that you make every effort to attend and to inform the organizers if you find that you will be unable to attend after you’ve registered. We will have a waiting list.

 

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Workshop Resources

Special thanks to Jane's Trust

This series would not have been possible without a grant from Jane's Trust, who generously gifted American Farmland Trust with the opportunity to do this work. We appreciate their dedication to the New England region. In the spirit of the gift, we hope this series is a resource for more communities for years to come.

Project Partners

This work could not have been done without our amazing partners and experts in the field. Representatives from these esteemed organizations helped craft resources, bring in other experts, and support outreach for this series. Their work is invaluable and we are grateful for their continued work toward a vibrant agricultural system in New England.