March 9, 2011, 7 pm: Land Access for Beginning Farmers–Part I. Join Kathy Ruhf, co-director of the non-profit Land for Good, and Ben Waterman, coordinator of the Land Access program for the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, to go over some basic concepts about holding farmland. Look at options (owning versus leasing) and variations on these tenure options. The presenters will touch on kinds of leases and landlords, affordability (land and housing), and financial readiness. They will also cover how to search for farm property and hints for negotiating successful transactions. To participate in the webinar, go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-LandAccessPart1 about 15 minutes before the start of the presentation on March 9, 2011. Presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Currently he is working to renew a program called Land Link Vermont which matches farm seekers with owners of farm assets looking for farmers. He works closely with UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project to develop educational resources for small farmers in start-up stages. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-223-2389×203. Part two of the webinar series will be presented on March 23 at 7 pm.