ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — Figuring out how to access land is one of the most complex financial decisions a farmer will make. A “Land Access: Are You Ready” workshop will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount (14395 S. Robert Trail). The cost of this Land Stewardship Project (LSP) workshop is a sliding scale fee of $30, which covers materials and lunch. Please RSVP by Monday, April 24, at https://bit.ly/LSPaccess. For more information, contact LSP’s Karen Stettler at 507-458-0349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For new or aspiring farmers, this workshop* will help with strategies and tools to approach the land access journey with confidence. They will engage in participatory activities as well as hear directly from local farmers about the creative land access methods they have used to secure land tenure. There will be resource people on hand to provide guidance and understanding about such topics as financing options, easements and zoning, to name a few. Finally, workshop participants will be provided with additional resources and programs to help plan for, find and afford farmland.
“LSP members are working to build a food and farming system centered on people’s needs as well as stewardship of the land and rural communities,” said Stettler, who works with LSP’s Land Access/Land Legacy and Farm Beginnings Program, which, over the past two decades, has trained more than 1,000 beginning farmers. “That means getting more farmers on the land, equipped with the best skills, tools and networks to be successful and profitable in the long term.”
For more information about LSP’s suite of beginning farmer education, training and networking resources, see www.farmbeginnings.org.
*This workshop is partially funded by USDA Extension Risk Management Education.