Land Access for New Farmers in Massachusetts: A Farmer Learning Circle!


Tuesday, April 23, 2024


6:00pm – 7:30pm


Online  Zoom ET time



Land Access for New Farmers in Massachusetts: A Farmer Learning Circle! 

Land access for new farmers plays a vital role in promoting sustainable agriculture practices, building climate resilience, and fostering responsible land stewardship through effective record-keeping and informed decision-making.

Join us for a conversation about land access for beginning and small-scale farmers in New England. In a region where the average cost of an acre of land exceeds $330,000, securing a farmstead can feel like a daunting and prolonged journey.

During this Farmer Learning Circle, we'll learn from the diverse experiences of farmers who have successfully navigated the process of finding their agricultural haven. Four seasoned farmers will share their personal stories, each offering unique insights gained from their distinct paths to land access. From leasing agreements with non-profits to negotiating with family members and navigating intricate legal landscapes, our panelists will provide invaluable guidance on dealing with various scenarios. Discover the intricacies of handshake leases, learn to identify red flags indicating unsuitable land, and gain practical tips for managing tricky situations.

Topics of discussion will include leasing from non-profits, collaborative land sharing arrangements, effective communication with landlords, investing in non-owned land, infrastructure considerations, the process of purchasing a farm using FSA loans, the significance of long-term leases such as 99-year leases, and much more.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the firsthand experiences of farmers who have traversed the challenging terrain of land access. Join us as we shed light on this vital aspect of farming!

Farmers leading the Panel:

Shaunia Flowers, 2 Cents Homegrown, Springfield MA.

Terry O’Brien,  Hungry Heart Farm, Kingston, NH

Chris Grant, Grant Family Farm, West Newbury, MA

Stacey Apple, Iron Ox Farm, Hamilton, MA


Funding Aknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award number 2021-70027-34693