Please join us for a comprehensive week of Growing Farmer workshops and guest speakers focusing on topics of farm viability. The arc of this series will provide beginning farmers with a tool kit of resources and tips for starting a farm. We’ll hear directly from experienced farmers, business consultants, loan officers, and land consultants in lecture format with time for Q&A. Explore the full curriculum here.
Farmland Access – Plan to Find the Right Farm
For farmers who are seeking land, most do not accidentally stumble upon the perfect farm and even fewer gain easy access to farmland at the exact time they need or want it. This doesn’t mean it’s hopeless, but it does mean farm seekers should take seriously the process of planning for and finding the right farm. This process includes self-assessment of current strengths and areas where more skill or experience is needed, clear goal setting based on a solid business plan and including personal considerations, identifying and using targeted resources, as well as developing and holding oneself accountable to prioritized next steps. This full day intensive will focus on these aspects of the farmland access process. The workshop will include presentation, individual and small group projects, as well as full group discussions. Participants will leave with new resources to use and a Finding Farmland Action Plan in-hand.
All Farm Viability Series workshops will run from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm with a one hour lunch break from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Tim Biello, New York Program Manager and Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Coordinator, American Farmland Trust
Tim manages farmer and farmland owner programming, including workshops and networking events, administers the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder website, and provides technical assistance to farmers and farmland owners in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York. Tim has an MS in Rural Sociology with a focus on agriculture, natural resources and community development. Tim is also a farmer, managing and operating on 60 acres outside of Saratoga Springs, NY.