A series of working farms workshops that explore leasing farmland. The workshops support the increase in agriculture in Columbia and Dutchess Counties by showing landowners and farmers how to navigate the farmer landowner arrangements, including leases, insurance, and the Agricultural Property Tax Assessments. The workshops are closely connected to our Farmer Landowner Match Program, which was expanded in mid-2013 to Dutchess County through CLC’s partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy. This collaboration is designed to connect more landowners looking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking land. All Down to Earth workshops are free of charge, and refreshments are provided.
2015 Down To Earth Programs:
For the past several years, the Columbia Land Conservancy’s (CLC) Down To Earth workshop series has helped farmers and landowners interested in leasing farmland learn how to establish successful, long-term rental relationships. This year CLC, is offering two more informative farmland leasing workshops in collaboration with its program partner Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) and as part of its partnership role with the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.
Understanding Your Land and Options: Farmland Suitability and What’s Right for You
Time: October 6th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Dutchess Farm and Home Center, 2715 US-44, Millbrook, NY 12545
The workshop will focus on evaluating farmland to determine which type of farming is best suited for your property. There will be a series of short presentations that provide an introduction to farmland leasing and highlight the importance and benefits of farming your land followed by a panel of local farmers covering a wide range of farm types to give participants an idea of potential operations for their site. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A and a chance for participants to network. While this workshop is primarily designed to help landowners develop plans for their land, farmers are encouraged to attend to learn about different operations and to network with landowners and/or other farmers.
Farmland Access and Conservation Tools
Time: October 20th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Farm Credit East, 190 State Route 9H, Claverack, NY 12534
This workshop is intended to help landowners and farmers navigate the land leasing and/or land purchasing process. In addition, focus will be paid to farm friendly conservation easements and how farmland conservation can both protect the agricultural and natural resources of a property while improving access and affordability for farmers. Once again, there will also be time set aside for Q & A and networking.
To attend one or both workshops, please RSVP by the Friday before the workshop, October 2nd and 16th respectively.
These workshops are supported by the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, which is coordinated by American Farmland Trust and has received primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
2014 Down To Earth Programs:
Introduction to Farmland Leasing
Stream or download and listen to workshop sections as a podcast (to download, right click on link): Introduction to Farmland Leasing Basics (Marissa Codey, Tim Biello), Assessing land for farming (Will Yandik), Farmland Leasing Panel Discussion (Lauren Jones, George Litchco, Jennifer Phillips, Henry Smedley, Joanna Tipple)
Farm Transfer and Estate Planning
Stream or download and listen to workshop sections as a podcast (to download, right click on link): Intro and Personal Experience (Marissa Codey, Brian Chittenden), Family and Communication Tools (Dan Welch), Tax Considerations, Health Care, Business and Planning (John Lavelle, Bill Martin), and Agricultural Conservation Options (Jerry Cosgrove, Marissa Codey)
Planning your Farm—Meet the Professionals
Local farm advisers offered free one-on-one advice in all areas of farm planning including business planning, lending, grants, legal considerations, distribution, marketing, and much more.
Effective Farmland Lease Drafting and Dispute Resolution
Stream or download and listen to workshop sections as a podcast (to download, right click on link): Effective Farmland Lease Drafting (John Friedman, Maryanne McGovern Kenyon), Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Peter Glassman)