Land Use, Conservation & Community Development

The resources below focus on the role of farmland protection, land conservation and stewardship goals in a farm transfer. You’ll find information about conservation tools, creative land use options and how farmland contributes to the community’s well being as well as its bottom line.

Community Development and Farm Transfer

A concise discussion about farm transfer, why it is important for community development and what community development practitioners can do to help.

Kathy Ruhf/Bob Bernstein, Land For Good, May 2007, 6 pages

Cost of Community Services Studies: Making the Case for Conservation

The overall contribution of agricultural and other open lands considered alongside residential, commercial, and industrial development

Julia Freedgood, et al., American Farmland Trust, 2002, 78 pages, Abstract available online

Order by calling AFT at (413) 586-4593, ext. 17, $16.95 plus s/h

Farmland Transfer & Protection in New England 

A guide for entering and exiting farmers; includes worksheets; not limited to New England farm operators.

Kathryn Z. Ruhf, The New England Small Farm Institute, 1999, 124 pages,
Order online, $12 includes s/h

Holding Ground: A Guide to Northeast Farmland Tenure and Stewardship 

A comprehensive guide that includes an examination of “non-ownership” tenure such as rental agreements, long-term leasing, and other arrangements; includes sample agreements, worksheets, and other resources

Annette Higby, Kathryn Z. Ruhf, and Andrea Woloschuk, The New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI), 2004, 162 pages

Order online, $22 includes s/h

Your Land Is Your Legacy: A Guide to Planning for the Future of Your Farm

A comprehensive guide to conservation options and farm transfer

Jeremiah P. Cosgrove and Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust, 2002, 58 pages, Abstract available online

Order by calling AFT at (413) 586-4593, ext. 17, 13.95 plus s/h

Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Land Use information page, covering  Cropland, Forestry, Range & Pasture topics.

National conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

Information on the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
USDA/Farm Service Agency