Sanne Kure-Jensen of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) has been selected to participate in Farmland Advisors: A Training Program about Farmland Access and Farm Transfers. The two-year training program was funded by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Grant and offered jointly by the American Farmland Trust and Land for Good.
The transfer of farms to a new generation is a significant agricultural challenge. This program will develop effective resources for farmers and farmland owners seeking land access and successful farm transfers.
Kure-Jensen was selected from a large pool of qualified applicants. Training participants are Cooperative Extension educators, land trust staff, agricultural service providers and other professionals working with farmers and farmland owners. Eighty participants represent six New England states and New York. Kure-Jensen was one of two professionals selected from Rhode Island.
Participants will learn though webinars, readings, networking conference calls and a regional conference. Topics to be covered include:
- Finding and evaluating farmland
- Communicating and building relationships with landowners
- Leases and leasing
- Business arrangements and other approaches
- Conservation easements and affordability mechanisms
- Land restoration
- Tax and financial considerations in farm transfers
- Family and personal issues in estate planning
- Available resources and tools
Program development will be guided by the Farmland Advisors Steering Committee, as well as by Cris Coffin, New England Director American Farmland Trust and David Haight, New York State Director American Farmland Trust.
The Farmland Advisors Steering Committee members are:
- Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good
- Jerry Cosgrove, New World Foundation
- Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust
- Erica Frenay, Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, Cornell Small Farms Program
- Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
- Michael Hurwitz, GrowNYC
- Jiff Martin, University of Connecticut Extension
- John Piotti, Maine Farmland Trust
- Stephen Searl, Peconic Land Trust
- Ed Staehr, New York FarmNet/FarmLink
- Ben Waterman, University of Vermont, Center for Sustainable Agriculture