The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a regional New England environmental advocacy organization, is launching a pro bono legal services network for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food-
Through the Legal Services Food Hub (tentative name), CLF will match eligible participants with skilled attorneys who are willing to provide their legal services for free. The program will pilot in Massachusetts for the first year, beginning in early Summer 2014, and then expand throughout the region.
Eligible Legal Services Food Hub participants include: farmers, food entrepreneurs, 501(c)(3) organizations whose primary constituency or membership base is farmers or food entrepreneurs, or community groups whose mission is to address social justice issues related to the food system. To ensure we are directing our resources to the people who are most in need of assistance, participation in the Hub will be based on an income cap. CLF will pilot the Legal Services Food Hub with an initial focus on cases involving transactional issues, such as land acquisition/transfer, estate issues, taxes, contracts, and corporate formation, among others. CLF will evaluate whether other issues, such as regulatory matters, should be added in the future.