Kentucky Conference and Young Farmer Visits

Carolyn, Jacob and baby Finn with Cotton the dog on their farm outside of Lexington, Kentucky. Thanks for being great hosts! The Conference Last week I traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for the American Farmland Trust’s “Farmland, Food and Livable Communities” conference. The conference was the first of its kind to focus on these challenges at the national level and it brought together a broad spectrum of service providers, funders, land trust... Read More

NYFC June Newsletter: USDA Seeks Input, Fight for Affordable Farmland, New Staff, Events

It’s officially summer and you’re probably in over your heads. But if you can come up for air, we want to collect your USDA successes/frustrations, introduce our new staffers and this season’s Bootstrap Bloggers, and update you on our fight for affordable farmland. Read More  Read More

New film highlights Importance of land preservation for the next generation

We wrote a few weeks ago about NYFC’s report on how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers.  The report was based on a survey of over 200 land trusts on how they work with beginning farmers.  What we saw was land going fallow as non-farmers push prices up to astronomical levels and farmers being pushed further and further from urban markets in the search for affordable land. This isn’t just an intellectual... Read More

RELEASE: FARMLAND CONSERVATION 2.0: HOW LAND TRUSTS CAN PROTECT AMERICA’S WORKING FARMERS

The National Young Farmers Coalition released a report today that reveals how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers. Farmland Conservation 2.0: How Land Trusts Can Protect America’s Working Farms surveyed 200 land trust leaders from across the United States and found that one-quarter of land trusts have seen protected farmland move out of production. Land is going fallow as non-farmers purchase farms at prices beyond... Read More