Back to the Land: gaining access to farmland

APA Northern New England Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

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Advancing a local food system is a growing sector of the rural economy, however new farm operators face many challenges gaining access to farmland, not least of which are cost and availability of quality soils. In this session you will hear from farmland access advocates and farmers concerning the challenges and strategies that can support farmland access and reinvigorate the rural economy.




Lisa MacDougall

Lisa MacDougall, Operator of Mighty Food Farm (invited). Lisa operates a small certified organic produce business that acquired a 154 acre former horse farm through Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program. The farm employs five full-time and additional seasonal help in the summer. Lisa graduated from the University of ... Read More

Stacy Burnstein

Stacy Burnstein, Land Access Project Specialist at the Intervale Center. Stacy works with farmers across Vermont to improve their access to land and secure farm tenure. She brings a background in small scale organic farming and project management across the food chain as well as a longstanding commitment to advancing ... Read More

Holly Rippon-Butler

Holly Rippon-Butler is the Land Access Program Director with the National Young Farmers Coalition, where she works with policy makers and land trusts to increase land access opportunities for the next generation of farmers. She has co-authored a guidebook for farmers designed to explain the process of partnering with a ... Read More

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie A. Smith, Chief Policy Enforcement Officer and Land Use Section Chief, Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets. Stephanie participates in the development and implementation of land use policies and programs supporting a viable working landscape and farmland protection. She worked for municipal government in a variety of capacities, including ... Read More

Jon Ramsay

Jon Ramsay, Director of Farmland Access Program, Vermont Land Trust. Jon grew up on his family’s dairy farm located in Greensboro. He continues to manage the farm, now raising Black Angus cattle for both breeding stock and beef, and pastured poultry. Jon is the Director of the Farmland Access ... Read More

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