Down to Earth

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A series of working farms workshops that explore leasing farmland. The workshops support the increase in agriculture in Columbia County 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.

Presentations from the 2013 Workshops

Podcasts from the 2010 Workshop

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Past Down To Earth Events

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Introduction to Farmland Leasing

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

An introduction to our Farmer-Landowner Match Program and farmland leasing. Two of our farming mentors will discuss evaluating land for various agricultural uses. Followed by a panel discussion with farmers and landowners currently engaged in rental relationships.


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Introduction to Farmland Leasing

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:00am

An introduction to our Farmer-Landowner Match Program and farmland leasing. Two of our farming mentors will discuss evaluating land for various agricultural uses. Followed by a panel discussion with farmers and landowners currently engaged in rental relationships.


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Leasing Farmland–Advanced Workshop

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00pm

The advanced workshop will build on our introductory workshops, and will include an in-depth discussion of agricultural assessments and a presentation on insurance.


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Leasing Farmland Tour

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 1:00pm

Learn about CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program, and meet land leasing farmers and landowners. A panel of farmers and landowners will discuss farmland leasing challenges and how to establish successful, long-term relationships. The panel includes farmland owner representatives Susan Knauss and Sarah Price, Farmers Ashley Loehr of Sparrowbush Farm and Jon Ronsani of Lineage Farm, and farm adviser and farm leaser Peter Reiss. A tour of Sparrowbush Farm will offer participants a chance to see an example of a successful farm rental relationship.

To register, contact Marissa Codey at 518.392.5252, ext. 211 or marissa@clctrust.org by October 8.


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Farmer Landowner Meet and Greet

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

A short presentation by CLC about establishing successful farmland leases, followed by a facilitated opportunity for farmers seeking land and landowners seeking farmers to meet each other.

To register, contact Marissa Codey at 518.392.5252, ext. 211 or marissa@clctrust.org by October 25.


Farmland Leasing 101

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

This workshop will provide an overview of farmland leasing and alternative lease models, land assessments, agricultural assessments, and a panel discussion with farmers and landowners who have had successful lease arrangements.


Farmland Leasing 101

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Dutchess Farm and Home Center – 2715 Route 44, Millbrook

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Dutchess Land Conservancy and Columbia Land Conservancy Farmer Landowner Match Program collaboration as well as an overview of farmland leasing and alternative lease models, land assessments, agricultural assessments, and a panel discussion with farmers and landowners who have had successful lease arrangements.


Farm Financing

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

This workshop provides an introduction to business planning, farm loans, FSA assistance and USDA grant programs available for existing and start-up farm businesses. We’ll also include a discussion of various farm business relationships such as partnerships, LLCs, and other arrangements.


Conserve a Local Farm

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:00am

Introduction to CLC’s brand new Conserve a Local Farm Program, and a review of selected available farm properties. Includes a discussion of land access challenges, as well as a presentation about working with realtors. It also includes a description CLC’s conservation easement program, and a chance to talk with CLC’s Conservation Easement Stewardship Manager about owning protected land.

Workshop presenters include: Marissa Codey, CLC’s Conservation and Agricultural Programs Manger; Heidi Bock, CLC’s Conservation Easement Stewardship Program Manager; Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition (NYFC) and co-owner of the 600-member Hearty Roots Community Farm; Jo Anna Giltner, principal broker with Covered Bridge Realty in the Champlain valley and associate broker with Anderson Agency in Kinderhook; and Mark Twentyman, for 30 years an Agricultural Valuation Specialist with the New York State Office if Real Property Services, and currently a broker with the Kinderhook Group in Chatham, NY.


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