A new generation and permanent protection for Wingate Farm

Friends and supporters of local farming gathered earlier this month in Hinsdale, New Hampshire to celebrate the permanent protection of Wingate Farm. Wingate Farm’s new owners are Olivia Pettengill and her brother James. In their second season growing, Olivia and her business partner, Susan Parke-Sutherland, raised 700 pastured laying hens, hundreds of broiler chickens, eight forest-raised pigs, and a variety of vegetables and flowers. Until recently... Read More

Land trusts: apply now to attend national land access training

The National Young Farmers Coalition and Equity Trust are convening our second-annual Land Access Innovation Training, aimed at helping land trusts utilize tools to protect farmland affordability. The training will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Sacramento, California from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This one-day, in-person training is aimed at staff from land trusts with a high degree of commitment to protecting working farms and sufficient... Read More

New case studies highlight successful partnerships between farmers and land trusts

Finding affordable land continues to be one of the biggest barriers facing beginning farmers and ranchers. Land trusts, which have long preserved farmland from development, are in a unique position to help new farmers access land. As NYFC found in our 2013 report, Farmland Conservation 2.0, land trusts across the country are seeing the need to increase their efforts to keep farmland affordable and accessible to the next generation of farmers. Over... Read More

How land trusts can partner with young farmers

NYFC’s land access campaign manager, Holly Rippon-Butler, recently collaborated on an article for Saving Land magazine, which is published by the Land Trust Alliance. The article, Partnering with Next Generation Farmers, highlights the crucial role land trusts have in ensuring farmers have access stop affordable farmland, and it outlines some of the tools land trusts can use to make a positive impact on the future of our food system. An excerpt: [Lindsey... Read More

Zoning and Other Boring But Important Stuff

Guest post by Ann Larkin Hansen When we bought our farm in the early ’90s, we were too ignorant about rural living to worry whether a large cattle feedlot, a stock car racetrack, or other incompatible neighbors might move in next door. We’re lucky: Our neighbors are still wetlands and lake cabins, and things will probably stay that way. A lot of farmers aren’t so lucky. In my years of working as a farm reporter and serving on our township’s... Read More

NYFC Releases “A Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts”

In 2010, NYFC was founded by a group of farmers who were struggling to find affordable farmland to start and grow their businesses. Five years later, we know that accessing farmland is still one of the biggest obstacles young farmers face. The good news is that there is a growing movement of land trusts working to keep farmland in the hands of farmers. We have been working closely with groups across the country to support these efforts. Now, we’re... Read More

Tell New York Governor Cuomo To Act Now on Land Access for Young Farmers

A photo of the Beacon State Correctional Facility from the Empire State Development’s Request for Proposals, 2014. The Beacon facility is one of many decommissioned prisons across the State with farmland, greenhouses, and other infrastructure resources on site. Bill A07002 would help ensure beginning farmers have access to this land and resources. In August, we wrote a blog post about New York State legislation that would help beginning farmers... Read More

September News: Climate Justice, Food Safety News, and Land Access Training

It’s officially fall  — we hope you’re catching your breath in the fields and watching the new season edge its way in.  The FDA just released a new draft of Food Safety rules and significant improvements were made. The agency certainly listened, but we’ll need your help to ensure that the final rules work for local farms. Read more about this campaign, NYFC at the People’s Climate March, our work to make farmland... Read More

NYFC Takes a Step in Protecting Working Farmland with Land Access Innovations Training

Representatives from over twenty land trusts listened as Equity Trust and other mentors, along with Jen Smith – the farmer and owner at Crimson and Clover CSA – talked about their land access innovations. “Forty years of farmland conservation, and we are watching it unravel before our eyes.” That was the warning that John Halsey, president of Long Island’s Peconic Land Trust, delivered to a room full of conservation professionals... Read More

New York’s Young Farmers Ask Governor Cuomo to Support Land Access Legislation

Governor Cuomo speaking on a farm in Middleburgh, NY in 2011. Photo: Office of Governor Cuomo Farmers, aspiring farmers, and organizations across New York State are rallying to urge Governor Cuomo to pass a bill that would improve land access for beginning farmers in the state. If passed, this bill could provide access to state-owned farmland for beginning farmers, bolster technical support to both beginning farmers and organizations that assist them... Read More

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