Welcome Farmers and Farm Advocates. This podcast has been created for you. It is a practical resource for land-use planning. Our intention is to facilitate communication and idea-sharing that will benefit your farm, your community, and your future. The podcast addresses: Farmland Ownership and Preservation, Land Use and Stewardship, Community Building, and Farm Succession Planning. Your peers — fellow farmers and farm advocates — tell their stories and offer useful working models for addressing the critical issues of modern farming. Learn how farmers and farm advocates are designing successful farm operations. We are grateful for everyone who shared their perspectives and experiences and look forward to bringing more voices into this conversation. Join us.
Barry Lonik - Buy-Protect-Sell + Leadership = Saving the Aprill Farm
When an exceptional piece of farmland became available in Scio Township, Michigan, longtime land conservation specialist Barry Lonik and township officials found a way to protect it through an innovative “Buy-Protect-Sell” transaction strategy.
Eric Kampe - Green Things Farm Collective - Day 2
Organic no-till farmer Eric Kampe speaks to the practices that he and his farm partners have used to maintain the integrity and viability of small farm operations in their community.
Eric Kampe - Green Things Farm Collective - Day 1
Organic no-till farmer Eric Kampe shares experiences and perspectives on launching a small farm enterprise with a focus on both personal values and farm economics.
Wali Via - Winter Green Farm
Wali Via of Winter Green Farm in Oregon shares about farm leadership succession in the context of an LLC. The older farmers wanted to take a step back while ensuring the continuity of their successful land stewardship practices, and to remain in residence on site. The subdivision and sale of the larger business enabled stakeholders to balance economic benefits and responsibilities through contractually defined roles and written agreements.
Bob Bower - Angelic Organics
Bob Bower describes the challenges and strategies of a community coming together to assist in the farm succession process at Angelic Organics farm in Illinois, where he worked from 1995-2010. A nonprofit organization emerged as a vehicle for community engagement that supported the longtime farmer through leadership transition.
John Bloom - Krusen Grass Farm
John Bloom of the Yggdrasil Land Foundation talks about the role of the foundation in assisting the leadership transition on Krusen Grass Farm, located in Southeast Wisconsin. The foundation had a hand in supporting the farmer in finding a successor, provided financial backing, and helped integrate the operation into the local economy and larger community.