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Farmland Access Network Task Force Seeking Farmer Focus Group Participants


Land For Good, together with the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, are working on a Farmland Investor Financing Research Project. The project team is now looking for up to 10 farmers to participate in a focus group to examine and critique investment models from 4 "values based" farmland investment companies operating and buying farmland in New England. The team is offering focus group participants a $350 stipend and mileage for in person meetings. They are looking to assemble the focus groups by early December.

The project team are specifically looking for:

  • 10 farmers who are actively farming in commercial operations
  • A diversity of farm sectors--dairy, horticulture, maple and also both conventional and organic
  • Diversity of age and gender and farm size
  • Diversity of experience in business--new businesses and also operators with substantial experience
  • Both farmers who have already secured land through purchase, and those who are leasing--we feel that we need this diversity of perspective on land tenure options for good analytical discussion.
  • An interest in land access and land tenure options and issues--even if they have already secured their own land.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: Good analytical skills, especially in the area of financial analysis, and comfort with legal topics.

Please send farmer nominations to Mike Ghia at, with the following information:

  • Name(s)
  • Location of the Farmer
  • Basics of their farming and experience (ie "conventional dairy farmer milking 80 cows", operating for 12 years)
  • Email and phone contact information
  • A description of their current land tenure situation and history (ie "leased for years and then bought a farm"; "actively leasing", etc)
  • A few sentences on why you think that they might be able to contribute to this project, and might be willing to participate.