NYFC works with local partners across the country to offer full-day, in-depth trainings for farmers on the process of accessing land and partnering with a land trust, as well as brief single-issue workshops on topics including:
Access to farmland remains one of the biggest barriers that beginning farmers face, but innovation and leadership demonstrated by a number of land trusts has opened up new possibilities for helping these farmers succeed. NYFC believes that these groups have enormous potential to make farmland across the country more affordable and accessible for the next generation of farmers.
Since 2014, we’ve teamed up with experts in farmland conservation to offer a series of Land Access Innovations Trainings for land trust staff and other conservation professionals with a high degree of commitment to protecting working farms and keeping land affordable for farmers. The trainings provide an opportunity for participants to learn from land trust staff, lawyers, and appraisers about innovative strategies and tools being used to ensure farmland stays in production and in the hands of farmers.
Following each training, all participants have access to our Dropbox folder of resources along with our Land Access Innovations listserv—an email discussion group we facilitate to connect organizations and individuals that are implementing working farmland conservation projects. The Dropbox and listerv provide access to information on funding strategies, monitoring and enforcement, legal considerations, and model documents on working farm easements and ground leases.
Since 2014, NYFC has trained over 100 land trusts and other conservation organizations across the country. You can read a post about our first national Land Access Innovations Training for land trusts here, and find more information about the tools and strategies we discuss in our case studies here.
For more information on holding a Land Access Innovations Training (for land trusts or farmers) in your region, joining our Land Access Innovations listserv, accessing model documents and resources on this topic, or getting connected to our past presenters, email our Land Access Program Director, Holly Rippon-Butler.
For Conservation Professionals
Providence, Rhode Island | September 21, 2014 [National Training] | Read more Sacramento, California | October 11, 2015 [National Training] | Read more Denver, Colorado | March 16, 2016 [Regional Training]
Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 19, 2016 [Regional Training]
Mills River, North Carolina | March 8, 2017 [Regional Training]
Burlington, Vermont | April 26-27, 2017 [National Training] | Read more Portland, Oregon | September 18-19, 2017
Columbus, Ohio | February 14, 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | October 10, 2018
Hudson, New York | March 16, 2015
Placerville, California | October 7, 2015 | Read more Gunnison, Colorado | March 11-12, 2016
Alexander, North Carolina | March 9, 2017
Eugene, Oregon | September 17-18, 2017
Dayton, Ohio | February 15, 2018
Prospect, Pennsylvania | March 20, 2018
Land Access Innovations Partners
Lead Mentor | Equity Trust is a national organization devoted to helping farmers achieve long term and affordable access to farmland. Since the mid-1990s, Equity Trust has been a pioneer both in developing tools for addressing this need and in educating the land trust community about the issue. With a mission to “change the way people think about and hold property,” they have worked with the land trust and farmer communities to create some of the most innovative affordable farm partnerships in the country. In 2014, Equity Trust launched an exciting regional program to promote and finance farm affordability in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Learn more at equitytrust.org.