Working Farms Trainings

Planning your Farm- Meet the Professionals

Tuesday, October 21st 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Churchtown Firehouse - 2219 County Route 27, Churchtown, NY

For our third Down to Earth Workshop, local farm advisors will be available to offer one-on-one advice in all areas of farm planning including business planning, lending, grants, legal considerations, distribution, marketing, and much more
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Effective Farmland Lease Drafting and Dispute Resolution

Saturday, November 1st 10:00am - 12:00pm

Milan Town Hall - 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, NY

For our final Down to Earth Workshop in 2014, attorneys will review basic lease drafting principles, and will work with participants to interactively understand the important components of a lease.  A representative from the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program will also review dispute resolution options.
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Artist’s Reception: The Farmer’s Art


June 7, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street, Hudson NY

Come to the artist reception for Jerry Freedner’s work ‘The Farmer’s Art,‘ and you will support farmland conservation! His images are a tribute to the makers of the working landscape, the farmers, and to those who protect it, both Columbia Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson. 33% of all farm photograph sale profits and 100% of all book sale profits will be donated to these two organizations.
Exhibit will be on display June 4 – July 13, 2014. For more information, please call 518-828-1915.


Negotiating Land Access Workshop


Saturday, May 3 2014, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

A training workshop for farmland-seekers and professionals that provides technical assistance about land and capital access and transition. Presented by the Agrarian Trust, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, & Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship.
Come learn the essential skills of business communication and negotiation to navigate relationships with lenders, investors, partners, landowners, and neighbors. Join us for a training with experienced negotiation teachers Peter Glassman, Statewide Director of NYSAMP and  Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of NYSDRA hosted by Agrarian Trust, CADE and the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Suggested Donation – $20, includes lunch. Questions can be directed to AnnMarie.
To register, click here.



Saturday, May 3 2014, 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
Crellin Community Park
2940 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY

An opportunity for the community to come together to buy/ sell/ swap farm and garden related goods and services. Vendors are welcome to bring small-to-medium size livestock, farm and garden tools, light machinery, farm products, etc. All animals must be kept in secure pens or cages throughout the event. No animals over 50 lbs will be allowed without prior approval from the Town of Chatham. Event is held rain or shine. Free event, no admission or vendor’s fee.
To reserve a spot, call (518) 392 – 3262. For more information, click here to email.


Farming Our Future Conference


February 22, 2014, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville, NY


Succession planning is the topic of the upcoming FarmingOurFuture Conference. ”Succession” refers to farmers handing the reins to the next generation, or to the next farmers, and stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping farmers move their operations into the future, began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension before joining Farm Credit East, the number one financial services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry. He’s worked with more than 2,000 farm operators and owners on everything from family farms, to labor management, to funding.

Conference speakers will share practical strategies and some intriguing new concepts for ensuring that farms will continue to thrive in our region for many years to come. Workshops scheduled throughout the day will cover topics related to succession planning, bee-keeping (because bees are the best at succession planning), the restaurant-community link to locally produced food, farmer-training programs, and vital skills training for new farmers.

Morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks are provided with a $20 registration fee.

More Information
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