Access to Land Workshop




Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

How do you create and carry through a plan to find and start your farm?  This workshop will provide an overview of the farmland access process and an in-depth review of resources, including examples and strategies for making the best use of these resources.  There will be time for interaction and discussion as well as small group workshopping of your plans.  Bring your big ideas, your challenges and your question about finding you farm.  Leave with new strategies and next steps in mind.

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Tim Biello is the New York Project Manager and Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Coordinator for American Farmland Trust.  In this capacity, Tim administers the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and corresponding website, the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder. In addition, Tim coordinates farmland access and farm transfer training programs for farmers, landowners and professionals and assists with research and policy work regarding next generation farmers. 

Holly Rippon-Butler is the Land Access Campaign Manager with the National Young Farmers Coalition, where she works with policy makers and land trust to increase land access for the next generation of farmers. She has co-authored a guidebook for farmers designed to explain the process of partnering with a land trust to access land and helped organize a national training for land trusts on innovative conservation tools designed to protect farmland affordability for farmers. In addition to her work with NYFC, she farms with her parents on their third-generation dairy and beef farm in Upstate New York. Prior to joining NYFC, Holly worked with the American Farmland Trust and the Agricultural Stewardship Association in New York. 

Marissa Codey is the Columbia Land Conservancy’s (CLC) Acting Director of Conservation Programs.  She has been with CLC since 2003, and in that time has overseen a variety of land acquisition and conservation projects including acquisition of public conservation areas, and purchased as well as donated conservation easements.  She has coordinated CLC’s farmland protection program since 2009, and helped the organization begin its highly successful farmland access programs (Farmer Landowner Match Program and Conserve a Local Farm Program). 


Small Farms Program: Lower Hudson

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