Partner Amanda Heyman will be presenting on sustainable farm leasing at the 6th annual National Young Farmers' Conference December 5 at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Tarrytown, New York.
Part of the Stone Barns Center’s Growing Farmers Initiative, the conference is unique in scope and reach, "bringing together thought leaders, creative practitioners and business experts in the sustainable agriculture movement with farmers eager for ideas, information and connection."
This year's sold-out conference, "Reviving the Culture of Agriculture" features keynote speaker Wendell Berry, as well as over 65 workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, and marketing.
Amanda's Young Farmers' Conference presentation, entitled, "Sign on the Dotted Line: Sustainable Lease Law Basics & Beyond" will include a discussion of lease law basics, issues particular to sustainable farm operations, possible options for encouraging long-term leasing, handling organic certification issues within a farm lease, and more.
The Stone Barns Center also hosts the Virtual Grange—an online hub where beginning farmers can find resources and technical information and connect with mentors and peers. The online platform setting allows beginning farmers in both rural and urban settings nationwide to connect and collaborate with fellow farmers via discussion forums that address agricultural problems and solutions, watch video tutorials and stay up to date on the latest agricultural news.
In the same spirit, our firm recently announced a pilot 2014 Beginning Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs Program to increase access to legal services for new food business owners and beginning farmers. Please check back soon for more details about our initiative.