A workshop for land owners, farmers, and agricultural community networks to work together in affordable land access to strengthen Vermont’s working landscape is being held this Saturday, November 10th from 1-4 pm at the RAFFL Offices at 67 Merchants Row in Rutland, Vermont.
The Leasing Land to a Farmer Workshop is for private landowners interested in making their land available to farmers for agricultural production, members of community organizations interested in assisting local farmland owners to keep agricultural land in active production, and farmers interested in leasing issues.
Affordable access to land is one of the biggest hurdles that new and growing farmers face in our state. Farming on land held by non-farmers can be a win-win opportunity for owners and farmers. A panel will discuss these topics:
- Assessing your land and understanding the needs of farmer-tenants
- Crafting a lease suitable for both parties
- Legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability and other considerations
- Finding a farmer and maintaining good communications
- Resources to support the landowner, including the new handbook, “Leasing to a Farmer”
The event is free, open to the public, and light fare will be served.
The Leasing Land to a Farmer Workshop is a collaboration of Land For Good’s Land Access Project, Vermont Land Trust, Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (RAFFL), and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. This type of collaboration across food system networks is an example of the networking taking place as outlined in the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.