Young Farmer Land Opportunities & Events

Young Farmer Land Opportunities & Events

From our friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition whose newsletter
 features a selection of land available to lease or buy through land trusts. To learn more about why NYFC works with land trusts, read this blog post. To submit a land opportunity, contact Holly Rippon-Butler.

Washington County, NY  — 100-acre farm particularly suitable for grazing with areas of prime soils for vegetable production. Existing pastured poultry operation on site. Infrastructure includes milking barn and milkhouse and two updated residential structures. Seeking livestock farmer(s) and/or vegetable farmer(s) to cooperatively own and manage farm and hold long-term ground lease to land that will be permanently protected. More info.

Corydon, IA — The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is offering 5 acres rent-free for 2016. Some housing available or farmer can hook up an RV or mobile home. Successful applicant must have a business plan and proof of farming experience and will eventually be offered a long-term lease on the full 40 acres. For more information write to info@silt.org with “Corydon” in the subject line.

Woodland, ME – The Maine Farmland Trust is selling a 188-acre farm in Northern Maine, subject to a conservation easement. This parcel of raw land contains approximately 82 acres of cropland, with the balance in woodland. Asking price is $144,000. More info.

Turner, ME – The Maine Farmland Trust is selling 200 acres of a former Central Maine Dairy Farm, including several farm buildings and an in-law apartment, subject to a conservation easement. The fields on this property are certified organic and have been maintained in excellent condition over the course of MFT’s ownership. Asking price is $320,000. More info.

Pembroke, ME – The Maine Farmland Trust is selling Long Cove Farm, a 150-acre saltwater farm located along Maine’s eastern coast, subject to a conservation easement. This property has a livable farmhouse, and 2,200 feet of shoreline on Cobscook Bay. Asking price is $475,000. More info.

Events 

Millville, MN — March 19 — Land Access Forum, Farm Tour, & Potluck

11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ, 300 Division St.
The Land Stewardship Project will host a potluck lunch and discussion forum for farmers to talk about land access challenges, successes, and suggestions for change. An optional tour of Easy Yoke Farm will begin at 3 p.m. Call Karen Stettler at 507-523-3366 or email stettler@landstewardshipproject.org for more information.

Randolph, VT — March 22 — Mud Season Meet-Up
Black Krim Tavern
Join VYFC, NOFA-VT, and Vital Communities for delicious food and toasting to new farming friends from across the state. We hope to see all you Central VT farmers there!

Saratoga County, NY – March 22, 24, 28, 31 — Farmland conservation workshops hosted by Saratoga PLAN
Various locations
Farmland owners who are interested in learning more about conserving their land are invited to attend one of four informational workshops offered in March at various locations in Saratoga County. Maria Trabka from Saratoga PLAN and Jaime O’Neill from the Saratoga County Planning Department will explain how farmland conservation works as well as the mechanics of funding programs which cover some of the transactional costs and through which owners of farmland can receive partial compensation for protecting their land from future development. For more information or to register, contact Saratoga PLAN at 587-5554.

Santa Fe , NM — March 29 — Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library
7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta
Northern New Mexico Young Farmers Chapter and the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute are hosting a presentation by Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Please join us to learn about their efforts to put seed growing and stewarding back into the hands of farmers and small gardeners and to save the legacy of seed collection.

Montpelier, VT — March 30 — Small Farm Action Day
Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier
The Vermont Young Farmers Coalition joins Rural Vermont to host the next Small Farm Action Day at the Statehouse in Montpelier. The event will focus on “On-Farm Slaughter: Preserving a Vermont Tradition,” and other issues affecting Vermont’s small-scale farmers. The day will include an advocacy training and opportunities to meet with lawmakers about the issues critical to small farmers. More info including farmer stipend applications and RSVP at ruralvermont.org or 802-223-7222.

Ames, IA — March 31 — Land Access Forum, Farm Tour, & Mixer
2 – 4 p.m. at the Ames Public Library (PEO Room), 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA
4 – 5 p.m. farm tour at Lacewing Acres
5 p.m mixer at Alluvial Brewing
NYFC and the Iowa Farmers Union are hosting a forum for farmers to discuss land access challenges, successes, and suggestions for change. Join us to network with other farmers and hear from groups like NYFC, Iowa Farmers Union, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust about the work they are doing to address land access. Email Holly with any questions or to RSVP.

California — March 24, April 4 and April 5 — Farmers Guild monthly gatherings
Napa Farmers Guild, San Luis Obispo Farmers Guild, Sebastopol Farmers Guild, and Yolo Farmers Guild are each holding monthly gatherings in the coming weeks. More info.

Brooklyn, NY — April 8-9 — Food + Enterprise Summit
Phizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206
The Summit is an annual gathering presented by Slow Money NYC aiming to connect Investors + Entrepreneurs with the goal of financing a better food system. You will have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs, eaters, investors, and others who are hungry to change how our food grows in every way.  This year, the Summit tackles the theme – Finding Food Value: Balancing Purpose + Profit – a fundamental challenge faced by responsible businesses and impact investors alike. You can also take 10% OFF your ticket purchase using this unique discount code: NYFC More info.

Mancos, CO—April 9—Annual Homegrown Food Retreat
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. at Mancos high school, 301 W Grand St.
Hosted by Growing Partners, this event will focus on sharing stories of homegrown leadership and community cooperation. Local foods breakfast and lunch included. More info.

Madison, WI — June 2-4 — National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement, making it a crucial leadership development opportunity to advance community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. Early bird discounts end March 31. More info.

In Solidarity,

Lindsey and the NYFC team

 

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