Join Land For Good and National Young Farmers' Coalition for a tour of several online resources designed to help you find and assess farmland and then explore resources to determine your financial readiness to acquire farmland. We will discuss strategies to help farmers prepare for a farmland search, ways to look for farmland, and explore tools for evaluating farmland opportunities. The discussion will focus on tools and resources that farm seekers can utilize in their farmland search process. We will also provide a demonstration about how farmers can use the Finding Farmland Calculator to estimate the costs of acquiring and owning farmland. We will also provide an overview of the Finding Farmland Course, a companion resource that can help farmers learn about concepts related to farmland access and financial planning.
Jae Silverman is the Massachusetts Field Agent with Land For Good, working with farmers and landowners on issues of farmland access, tenure, and transfer. Jae is also a first-generation hay farmer, owning and operating Windrow Farm in Conway, MA, and is passionate about the contribution of grass farming to the local food and fiber system.
Michael (Mike) Parker is a first generation farmer, currently starting up a grassfed beef enterprise in Cooperstown, NY. He also coordinates a farm viability grant program for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and is part of the founding team of Farm Generations Cooperative, the co-op behind GrownBy, an e-commerce app for direct-marketing farms. From 2017 - 2021, he led several land access and business services projects for the National Young Farmers Coalition, including the Finding Farmland program.