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Thanks to all who joined us for our Down to Earth workshop series!

These workshops, held jointly with Columbia Land Conservancy in connection with our Farmer Landowner Match Program, offer farmers and landowners interested in leasing farmland the opportunity to learn how to establish successful, long-term rental relationships. This year two workshops were held in October and both were very well attended.

 
Participants in “Understanding your Land and Options: Farmland Suitability and What’s Right for You” learned about the interaction between farming and nature and how to evaluate their land to decide what type of farming would make the best fit. A panel of farmers was on hand to provide an overview of the different faces of farming in our region.  Materials from the workshop can be obtained here.
 
At the “Farmland Access and Conservation Tools” workshop, participants were taught how to navigate the farmland leasing and/or purchasing process. They also learned about farm-friendly conservation easements that protect the natural resources of a property while improving access and affordability for farmers. Materials from the workshop can be obtained here.
 
If you couldn’t join us this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2016!
 
These workshops are offered in collaboration with DLC’s program partner, the Columbia Land Conservancy. The workshops are supported by the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, which is coordinated by American Farmland Trust and has received primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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