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Staying on the Land: Innovative Land Tenure Tools & Strategies for Farmers

March 20, 2018 Staying On The Land: Innovative Land Tenure Tools & Strategies

Event Overview
Staying on the Land

  The Atrium
  1031 New Castle Rd
  Prospect, PA 16052
  [Butler Co] 

Date & Time
  Tuesday, March 20
  10am to 5pm 
Event Description
Choosing how to access land is one of the biggest decisions that you will make as a farmer or rancher, and it can also be one of the most complex. In this full-day workshop hosted by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD), and Equity Trust, we will highlight innovative land access tools being used by farmers across the country and prepare you to use these tools to secure land tenure. 

You will learn about the following:  
  • How to partner with a land trust or farmland preservation board  
  • Innovative land leasing structures 
  • Legal considerations when seeking land 
  • Case studies of other beginning farmers who have accessed land in PA 
  • Financial tools and financial programs designed specifically for farmers seeking land 
  • Local issues, such as natural resource extraction, that affect land access in PA   
This workshop is intended for beginning farmers and/or aspiring farmers who are interested in, or actively seeking, land access. Farm service providers and other interested people are also welcome. 

The $15 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments throughout the day. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. The registration is on a sliding scale -- please select the $0 option if the fee will cause financial hardship. All are welcome. 

Special thanks to The Heinz Endowments, our sponsors for this event! 
Speaker Information
Jim Oldham, Equity Trust: Jim Oldham, Executive Director, joined Equity Trust in 2010, bringing with him close to twenty years experience working for social and environmental justice nationally and internationally. Jim is the founder of Las Lianas Resource Center, a bi-national US/Ecuadorian non-profit organization that partners with indigenous peoples for collective rights, environmental protection, sustainable development, and cultural autonomy. He got his start in non-profit organizations as a community organizer and then director of a small food bank in Seattle.  

Johanna Rosen, Equity Trust: Johanna Rosen, Program Associate, joined Equity Trust in 2013 to help develop a program to address land tenure issues facing urban agriculture and support the Farms for Farmers program. Jo also works part-time as the Community Organizer and Communications Coordinator for Food Solutions New England. Jo has over 15 years of farming experience and returned to the Pioneer Valley after 11 years in Philadelphia, where she co-founded and was Director of the Mill Creek Farm, a non-profit educational urban farm. 

Holly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition: Holly grew up on her family's third-generation dairy and beef farm in Upstate New York, where she continues to farm with her parents. Before joining NYFC, Holly worked with the American Farmland Trust and Agricultural Stewardship Association. She holds an M.E.M. in sustainable land use and agriculture from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. 

Michael Durante, National Young Farmers Coalition: At any moment in Mike's career, he could be equally likely found growing, cooking, selling, writing about, or teaching about food. He relies on those varied experiences, along with degrees in Accounting and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University, to manage NYFC's Land Affordability Calculator project. 

Jonathan Burgess, Allegheny County Conservation District: Jon, Policy Director and Urban Agriculture Lead, joined ACCD after studying Public Policy at Duquesne University. His background mixes natural resource mgmt., agricultural extension and policy analysis. Jon also leads our Urban Agriculture Program. 

Marlene Van Es, Trellis Legal: Marlene graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she obtained her J.D. with a certificate in environmental law, science, and policy. She also holds a B.S. in Agricultural Science and Natural Resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She brings a variety of experience to her practice from on-farm research to writing corporate sustainability indicators to tackling environmental legal issues in Western Pennsylvania.
Do you allow walk-ins?
Limited space is available for this event. Please contact Dan Dalton to see if space for walk-ins is available.
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Will food be served?
Yes, lunch will be served. 
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Dan Dalton at (814) 349-956 x17 or for more information about this event.
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