Hey new farmers,Next week, I'll be up in Montpelier speaking to a commission that's reviewing the effectiveness of land conservation work in the state. The Vermont Land Trust plays an important role in helping new farmers access affordable land through their Farmland Access Program, and benefits from the state funding being reviewed (in addition to federal and private funding). So...what am I asking from you? In addition to me and my husband's experience conserving our farm, it would be great to have a sense of what challenges the rest of you are facing in finding land to farm on. I won't quote you in my testimony, but it will give me a basis for accurately relaying the difficulties new farmers face in acquiring land and some of the solutions you all have (hopefully) found.
This is a really quick survey to help capture your thoughts. If you don't want to bother with the survey, a quick email with your comments/experiences on finding affordable land to farm would be awesome! THANK YOU!