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write-a-house: a fantastic model to mimic out of detroit

Ever heard of an in-residence program where you actually get to keep the residence??! That would be the case in this innovative new model coming out of Detroit.

Write A House accepted applications from working, “low-income” writers earlier this spring, which included writing samples and a letter of intent. Whoever wins (to be announced this month) will call Detroit home for at least the next two years. Writers will lease the homes from the nonprofit, a small amount to cover taxes and insurance. If they stay for 24 months, they’ll be awarded the deed — and Detroit will count another resident to its comeback. To read more about this awesome endeavor, CLICK HERE—>


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farm transitions in the midwest

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During the summer of 2013, Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings journalism intern Alex Baumhardt interviewed families in Minnesota and Wisconsin that were in various stages of farm transitions. The following five “Farm Transition Profiles” are the result of those interviews.

Ryan Batalden Profile: A Return to the Community

Lauren & Caleb Langworthy Profile: Teeming with Team Members

Jon Peterson Profile: Trust in the Land

Mary Ellen Frame, Erin Johnson & Ben Doherty Profile: Luck, Pluck & Relationships

Craig Murphy Profile: Leaving an Organic Legacy

The common thread connecting these profiles is that all parties involved—retiring farmers as well as new farmers—have given the transitioning process long, careful thought. Planning, flexibility and creativity are key elements of any transition plan. In the end, these profiles illustrate that no matter what the circumstances, successful transitions require help and support from a broad spectrum of community members. For more information on the farm transitions toolkit, visit HERE.


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california farmlink announces new online linking system

CA FARMLINK

If you are a farmer with 2+ years of experience farming and a clear idea of what you’re looking for, California FarmLink now offers a new service which allows for landowners and land-seeking farmers to connect directly online (rather than through their regional coordinator).

Here’s how the new system will work:

  • Landseekers and landowners must register for an account with California FarmLink.
  • Registered users will be able to see detailed land listing information, including landowner contact information. Only logged-in and registered farmers will be able to see this information, and the property addresses will NOT be posted.
  • Become a member of California FarmLink. Landseeker Memberships are $15 and are valid for one year. If you have previously paid a membership fee within the last year, your membership will be activated automatically. You may also request a Fee Waiver Application by contacting the main office.
  • Have a business plan or a statement about your farm vision ready, then use the Dashboard to browse the Land Listings and contact landowner”?;.lkijouhyh7loi0t09r54rre3wq2

To see more of what California FarmLink has to offer, head over to their website!

 


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finger lakes landlink!

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Finger Lakes LandLink

Farmers in the Finger Lakes region who need access to land, and landowners who wish to have their unused acreage farmed, now can be matched through Finger Lakes LandLink, a new project developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central NY Agriculture Program and the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in Ithaca (NY).  Finger Lakes LandLink will be an online service where farmers and landowners can search either the available land or farmer database to find an appropriate match.  Cornell Cooperative Extension and Groundswell will provide resources and consulting to help facilitate the matching process.  The initial pilot for this project will include Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Cortland, and Chemung counties.   Continue reading


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sweet farmstead for sale in unity, me

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This 16-acre property is MOFGA certified organic and ready to be a home to your operation. The fertile pastures are fully-fenced, and there are existing NRCS Contracts, established Infrastructure for poultry & ruminants, and a well-managed woodlot. It’s located just a few miles from MOFGA’s fairgrounds and in the midst of one of Maine’s key farming communities.  Greenhorns’ friend and ally, Abby, has run Bacon Brook Farmstead on the property for several years and is now moving on to pastures that are just as green and lush to join and help expand another Maine farm.  She has great taste and the home has been renovated beautifully.

View the listing HERE Continue reading


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farmland lease opportunity, essex, new york

Lakeside School is looking for a Biodynamic farmer to sub-let farmland with an interest in establishing an affiliation with our school as a farm educator.

Biodynamic Farm Description

Lakeside School is located at the Black Kettle Farm in Essex, New York and the farm is a 230 acre organic Wild Farm located between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.  Lakeside School is a developing member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

Best Regards,
Kathleen Morse
Office Administrator
Lakeside School


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1700 hectares of public land

Land Trusts Across the Pond

from The Agrarian Trust

July 1, 2013

A trust for public land in France:

Terre de Liens is a civil society organization created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive that access to land has become a major bottleneck for farmers seeking new farms or additional land to maintain their current activities.

Terre de liens first supported collective ownership schemes, wherein farmers received contributions from their kin, consumers or local community to set up an investment business to buy their land. Since 2007, Terre de liens has also directly acquired farmland, which it holds in perpetuity for the sake of current and future generations. Terre de liens’ land is let to farmers who undertake to farm organically or biodynamically or who are peasant farmers committed to respecting the environment.

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Terre de Liens’  site. 

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