The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), in partnership with Equity Trust, American Farmland Trust, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA), Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Allegheny County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Allegheny Land Trust, will host a Land Access Innovations Training on Wednesday, October 10th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This full-day, in-depth training is focused on innovative tools that land trusts, farmland preservation boards, and other land access leaders can use to help farmers gain secure, affordable access to land.
The training coincides with the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh and will feature presentations and discussion from NYFC, Equity Trust, farmers, and land conservation professionals from around the country, including the Vermont Land Trust, Columbia Land Conservancy, Agrarian Trust, American Farmland Trust, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The curriculum, which is focused on the use of enhanced agricultural easements and shared-equity land ownership, has been designed with local partners to address the particular needs and challenges of Pennsylvania farmers, but all are welcome. Information covered in the training will include: understanding the context and challenge of secure land
access for farmers; tools and strategies to improve land access for farmers in Pennsylvania; a farmer’s perspective on land access; and legal considerations for this work. There will be ample time for discussion amongst participants. The training will be followed by an informal dinner at the Federal Galley.
This training is supported by the Heinz Endowments, and is part of a series that NYFC and Equity Trust have held around the country geared towards conservation professionals who are committed to exploring, or have already begun to incorporate, strategies for protecting economically viable working farms and keeping farmers on the land in their work. Read more about NYFC’s past trainings here.