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Road Trip: Helping Emerging Farmers Gain Access to Productive Farmland
May 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm$25
Private Equity Models:
Success Stories Involving Land Trusts
Date: Monday, May 15
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Copake & Germantown, New York Meet at the Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ to board a bus.
Cost: $25 (for lunch & transport)
Register: Contact Laura (Laura@njconservation.org; 908-997-0720) or Kendrya (Kendrya@foodshedalliance.org)
Journey to New York’s Hudson Valley to learn about how land trusts, farmer advocates and private investors are helping emerging farmers gain access to productive farmland.
From Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ, we will travel to Copake Agricultural District, Columbia County, where Bob Bernstein, Northeast Farm Access Managing Director, will talk about how his private equity firm teamed with land trusts to preserve farmland slated for development, revived sustainable agriculture, and brought vibrancy to the hamlet of Copake.
Then on to Hearty Roots Farm, Germantown, where Lindsey Lusher Shute, National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) Co-Founder and Executive Director, will talk about NYFC’s policy work and efforts to connect young farmers with land; Marissa Codey, Director of Conservation Programs, Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), will talk about CLC’s Landowner/Farmer Match Program successes; and Jacob Israelow, Partner, Founder and Managing Director of Dirt Capital, will discuss another private equity approach to helping farmers access land in New York and New Jersey.
Please share this announcement with others! All participants must register.
Thanks to the NJ Land Trust Network and Ridge and Valley Conservancy for help in organizing this program.