2018 marked the fourth year for the Farmland Access & Transfer conference hosted by Land for Good and MFT. The conference is meant for farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners & service providers. Attendees learn strategies for keeping their farmland in production; including how to tackle succession planning, how to find and secure farmland of their own, how to negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. This year, the conference welcomed about 150 people, about a quarter of which, were farm seekers.
The conference began with some stories from the field. Stacy Brenner, of Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, and BrennaMae Thomas Googins, of Patch Farm in Denmark, shared stories of transferring and accessing their land. This was a great way to begin the day and lead into the breakout sessions.
The 2018 Farmland Access & Transfer Conference was made possible by all of our wonderful speakers and our generous sponsors: American Farmland Trust, Maine Harvest Credit Union, Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, Legal Food Hub, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners, Cultivating Community, Cooperative Development Institute, Paris Farmers Union, and Food Solutions New England.
If you attended the conference and would like to provide feedback, please take a minute to take an online evaluation. We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s conference; your feedback about what you liked, what you didn’t, and what we can do better is important to us, and will inform next year’s planning efforts.