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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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Harvesting Opportunities


November 20, 2013, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

Harvesting Opportunities in New York was a conference for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants included: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, local food advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens.

The morning program featured keynote speaker Andrew McElwaine, President of American Farmland Trust, followed by 12 concurrent workshops, including CLC’s Marissa Cody who presented as part of the New Models of Farmland Affordability workshop. Workshop topics included:

• Real World Success in Connecting Local Food & Public Health
• Emerging Models of Farmland Affordability
• Planning for Locally Produced Beer, Wine & Spirits
• Engaging the Public in Saving Farmland
• Bringing Locally Grown Food to the College Campus
• Growing Opportunities for Farmland Conservation Funding
• Land Access Strategies for the Next Generation of Farmers

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