Land Access Webinar Series begins March 9 at 7 pm

Land Access Webinar Series begins March 9 at 7 pm
UVM Extension New Farmer Project and Land For Good

March 9, 2011, 7 pm: Land Access for Beginning Farmers–Part I. Join Kathy Ruhf, co-director of the non-profit Land for Good, and Ben Waterman, coordinator of the Land Access program for the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, to go over some basic concepts about holding farmland. Look at options (owning versus leasing) and variations on these tenure options. The presenters will touch on kinds of leases and landlords, affordability (land and housing), and financial readiness. They will also cover how to search for farm property and hints for negotiating successful transactions. To participate in the webinar, go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-LandAccessPart1 about 15 minutes before the start of the presentation on March 9, 2011.

Presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Currently he is working to renew a program called Land Link Vermont which matches farm seekers with owners of farm assets looking for farmers. He works closely with UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project to develop educational resources for small farmers in start-up stages. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203.

March 23, 2011, 7 pm: Land Access for Beginning Farmers– Part II. Presenters Kathy Ruhf and Ben Waterman will talk through the many variables that should be considered when assessing farms, land, and farm infrastructure for rental or purchase. Learn about the more important land use regulations and state programs, such as the Current Use Program, that will effect your tenure situation as a beginning farmer. Finally, you’ll be introduced to existing programs and services in Vermont that can assist you with developing farm tenure arrangements and support you while you establish your farm enterprises once you’ve settled. To participate in the webinar, go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-LandAccessPart2 about 15 minutes before the start of the presentation on March 23, 2011.

Presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Currently he is working to renew a program called Land Link Vermont which matches farm seekers with owners of farm assets looking for farmers. He works closely with UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project to develop educational resources for small farmers in start-up stages. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203.

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Jessie Schmidt
Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs

UVM Extension
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194

Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 203
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 203
Fax:    802-223-6500
E-mail: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu
http://www.uvm.edu/extension

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