whole farm protection

posted July 3, 2009

equity trust, inc. works to preserve “farms for farmers”.  here’s a bit about their work:

Land Tenure Issues and Preserving Farms for Farmers

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This Program’s Goals
* To encourage exploration of alternative approaches to the ownership of land;
* To help local land trusts and others to preserve the affordability of farms for farmers;
* To help local groups increase community access to locally produced food.Services
We provide counseling on land tenure issues (by phone, email, and on site) to farmers, land trusts and others.

We work to promote alternative approaches to farm ownership through presentations, workshops, and publications.

We provide model documents (in electronic form and on paper) for alternative approaches to farm ownership.

We help adapt these models to particular local situations – through document-review, phone and email consultations, and on-site technical assistance.

We work with a limited number of CSAs and others to develop strategies for funding local farm preservation projects.

Technical Assistance Policy

Resources
Model Documents
“Farmers and Farmland For the Future”
“Gaining Ground”

Financing
Through a component of the Equity Trust Fund, we provide financing to farmers for the acquisition of land, agricultural improvements, equipment, and livestock. We also provide financing for educational programs dealing with sustainable agriculture and local food production. For Potential Borrowers.

Letter from Steven & Gloria Decater of Live Power Community Farm