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  • Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    The Good Acre in Newton, IA

    Farmland Access Seminar at the Emerging Farmers Conference


    This free, day-long training is offered alongside the Emerging Farmers Conference on Friday, January 25th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at The Good Acre.
     

    Securing land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block, particularly for beginning farmers, immigrant farmers and farmers of color. The Farmland Access Seminar will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. The day-long session is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land. Farmers will learn about resources for finding and assessing land, owning vs. leasing, and key considerations for planning their financing and structuring their business plan. 

    Participants will also be introduced to the Land Access Hub, an initiative created to help new farmers navigate the increasingly difficult process of finding affordable land to farm in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The hub includes many partners working to provide new farmers with an integrated, supportive process to help them gain affordable and secure access to farmland. The hub offers workshops, day-long trainings, and no-cost, one-on-one coaching with farmland access navigators. Technical advisors include attorneys, real estate professionals, financial experts, and seasoned farmers.

    All land-seeking farmers are welcome. Interpretation services will be available.
      
    Farmland Access Seminar
    When: January 25th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Where: The Good Acre
    To register, please CLICK HERE
    Or contact Eli Goodwell - eli@rtcinfo.org // 612-208-8354
    Lunch will be provided.

     

    Presenters:

    Bob Kell works with Main Street  Project as a trainer to advance its model for poultry- centered regenerative agriculture, supporting particularly beginning Latino farmers and others to establish free-range poultry production operations. Bob has worked in MN as a Farmland Access Navigator since 2017, with a special focus on providing support to Latino farmers seeking land.

    Jennifer Nelson and her husband own and operate Humble Pie Farm. They grow specialty cut flowers and produce for retail, restaurant, and wholesale markets in the Twin Cities. She manages New Organic Stewards, MOSES' beginning farmer program, and works as a Land Access Navigator in partnership with Renewing the Countryside.

    Brett Olson is the co-founder and creative director of Renewing the Countryside, a Minnesota non-profit focused on strengthening rural communities. He provides individualized technical assistance and designs strategic communication campaigns and publications on issues important to rural America. Brett is a farmland access navigator in Minnesota.

     

    Guest Speakers:

    Rodrigo Cala, Cala Farm

    TBD

    With funding from:                                USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Hosted in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

  • Saturday, February 09, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    DMACC Newton Campus in Newton, IA

    Farmland Access Bootcamp - Iowa

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    Securing land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers -- get a leg up on your search with this in-depth course. The Farmland Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. The day-long session is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land or are working to change their current land situation. In this course you will craft a plan to help move you forward -- we'll cover resources for finding and assessing land, owning vs. leasing, and key considerations for planning your financing and structuring your business plan. Registration is $25 per farmer plus $10 for additional farm-partners or just $10 for members of Practical Farmers of Iowa. Please register below. Lunch will be provided.

    Participants will also be introduced to the Land Access Hub, an initiative created to help new farmers navigate the increasingly difficult process of finding affordable land to farm in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The hub includes many partners working to provide new farmers with an integrated, supportive process to help them gain affordable and secure access to farmland. The hub offers workshops, day-long trainings, and no-cost, one-on-one coaching with farmland access navigators. Technical advisors include attorneys, real estate professionals, financial experts, and seasoned farmers.

    With funding from:                                USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Hosted in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

    Presented by:

    Kate Edwards is a CSA farmer near Iowa City, growing food for 200 families each week of the growing season. Kate is entering her ninth year of farming and serves as a Farmland Access Navigator in Iowa.

    Brett Olson is the co-founder and creative director of Renewing the Countryside, a Minnesota non-profit focused on strengthening rural communities. He provides individualized technical assistance and designs strategic communication campaigns and publications on issues important to rural America. Brett serves a Farmland Access Navigator in Minnesota