For beginning farmers, accessing land to start a farm is not always an easy venture. Purchasing land is often out of the question, for both financial reasons and the long-term commitment it entails for beginning (often first-generation) farmers who are still finding their way.
For these reasons and more, leasing land has become increasingly common among today’s farmers. Plus, when leasing land from another farmer, you can potentially gain access to equipment, water, fencing, and infrastructure.
Erica Bowers Lavdanski found a unique way to farm by cultivating a working relationship with and leasing land from longtime farmer Paul Hartz at B & H Organic Produce. At this workshop, Erica will discuss how she fostered her relationship with Paul, and the careful path they both had to tread to establish a lease that was mutually beneficial. She’ll also discuss the advantages and possible drawbacks to leasing, as well as issues you should consider when designing a lease agreement.
Erica and Paul ultimately developed a plan that works, and have maintained a good working relationship for many years. Together, they’ve built a thriving produce operation on a multi-generational, certified-organic family farm located in the heart of Morgantown, PA.
This is a CRAFT event. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) events are designed for aspiring and beginning farmers, but can nonetheless provide valuable opportunities for experienced farmers to glean insights from their peers.
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