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.
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
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
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
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
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