Workshops, Trainings, Events

Upcoming

4th Annual Farmland Access and Transfer Conference, co-hosted by Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust 

December 3 at Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME 04330

For farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners & service providers. Join Land For Good & the Maine Farmland Trust for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland.

  • Are you a farmer wondering what will happen when you’re ready to stop farming?
  • Are you a farmer looking for land?
  • Are you a landowner thinking about making your property available for farming?
  • Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?

Learn strategies for keeping your farmland in production including how to tackle succession planning, plus how to find and secure farmland of your own, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more.

At the conference, look out for Carrie Green Yardley, an attorney in the Legal Food Hub’s network. She will present on how basic cooperative principles may be extended to other legal business structures, including statutory cooperatives and limited liability companies, both in Maine and elsewhere. (Breakout Session 2 — Cooperative and Commons-Based Strategies for Land Access).

REGISTER HERE 


Past

 

2018

  • WORKSHOP: October 18 – Hope & Main’s Food Resource Business Exchange (FReBE), Warren, Rhode Island
  • WORKSHOP: September 27 – Shared Use & Community Kitchens: Strengthening Communities Through Food Processing at Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, MA
  • WORKSHOP: July 26 – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Land Access Workshop for New Farmers, Lowell, MA
  • WEBINAR: May 31 – Employment Law for Massachusetts Farmers: Question and Answer Session
  • TRAINING: May 16 – Continuing Legal Education: Navigating IP Issued Faced by Farm and Food Businesses, Portland, ME
  • WORKSHOP: May 10 – Meet and Greet with Legal Food Hub at Rhode Island Farm Bureau
  • WORKSHOP: March 19 – Assessing Risks & Navigating Legal Issues Facing Farmers, Workshop, AgrAbility National Conference, Portland
  • WEBINAR: March 14 – Employment Law For Farmers
  • WORKSHOP: Feb. 25 – Employment Law for Farmers, SEMAP Annual Conference, Dighton, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Feb. 13 – Agricultural Labor & Employment Law, CISA Winter Workshop, Holyoke, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Jan. 18 – Legal Essentials for New Farmers, Greenbelt Essex County, Topsfield, MA
  • WORKSHOP: Jan. 13 – So You Think Your Apprenticeship is Legal?,  NOFA/Mass Conference, Worcester, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 11 – Put Down Roots! Start to Plan and Write that Farm or Farmland Lease, Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta, ME

 

2017

  • WORKSHOP: December 4 – Farm Transfer and Succession: Getting Started Right, Workshop, Maine Farmland Trust Farmland Access Annual Conference, Augusta
  • WEBINAR: October 25 – Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Rule
  • WEBINAR: October 18 – Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls Rule
  • WEBINAR: September 14 – Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers
  • WORKSHOP: June 22- Business Structures for Food Businesses, Salem Enterprise Center, Salem, MA
  • WORKSHOP: May 30 – Trademarks Workshop at Hope & Main
  • WORKSHOP: May 6 – Business Bootcamp at Hope & Main
  • TRAINING: May 5- CLE: Farm-to-Table & Food Safety, 2.5 CLE credits. Location: Preti Flaherty, One City Center, Portland, ME. Time: 1:00-3:30PM. Free for Legal Food Hub network attorneys, others $25. Please contact Phelps Turner at pturner@clf.org to register.
  • TRAINING: May 3-4- Professional Training for Farm Succession Advisors, The Falls Center, Manchester, NH. 12.5 CLE credits approved in Vermont and Maine, self-certification available in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Agenda is found here and registration is found here.
  • TRAINING: March 29- CLE on Labor and Employment Issues for Farm and Food Enterprises, Portland, ME. Space is limited- pre-register by March 27 by emailing rprice@clf.org with “March 29 CLE” in subject line.
  • WORKSHOP: March 11- Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Hope & Main, Warren, RI
  • WORKSHOP: March 9- Business Structures for Farms and Farmers’ Markets, Northeast Harvest Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trades Show, Sturbridge, MA
  • WORKSHOP: February 13, 6-8PM- Succession Workshop, hosted by Land For Good and American Farmland Trust, Kingston, RI
  • WORKSHOP: February 6, 6-9PM- Business Structures for Urban Farmers, Carrot Project’s Urban Agriculture Training Program, Roxbury, MA
  • WORKSHOP: February 8- Intellectual Property and Estate Planning for Farmers, Grafton, MA
  • WORKSHOP: March 4- Intellectual Property for Urban Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs, Urban Farming Conference, Boston, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 4- Regulations Related to Your Farmer Operation, UMaine Regional Learning Center
  • WORKSHOP: January 11-12- Two days of programming at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta

2016

  • WORKSHOP: October 27, 8:30am-10:30am- Protecting Intellectual Property in the Food Business, Enterprise Center at Salem State, Salem, MA
  • WORKSHOP: November 6 (afternoon)- Employment Law, MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference, Northport, ME
  • TRAINING: May 6 – Luncheon at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: May 23 – Luncheon at Drummond, Woodsum (invitation only).
  • WORKSHOP CLE: May 10 – Presentation at Gignoux Inn of Court (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: May 12 – Perkins, Thompson (invitation only).
  • TRAINING: March 21 – Luncheon at Pierce Atwood (invitation only).
  • WORKSHOP: March 12 – One on one sessions with Legal Food Hub attorneys. Urban Farming Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • WORKSHOP: January 31 – Employment Law, Maine Federation of Farmers Markets, Maple Farm Inn, Hallowell, ME
  • WORKSHOP: January 13-14 – Two-day legal workshop for farmers, Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
  • Wednesday, January 13
    • 10-10:55 a.m. – Legal Considerations Essential for Running a Successful Farm Business
    • 11-11:55 a.m. – Food Safety
    • 12-1 p.m. – One-on-one sessions
    • 1-1:55 p.m. – Intellectual Property
    • 2-2:55 p.m. – Legal Structure for Your Farm
    • 3-3:55 p.m. – Land Leasing and Purchasing
    • 4-4:55 p.m. – Employment Law
  • Thursday, January 14
    • 9-9:55 a.m. – Farm Protection and Transition
    • 10-10:55 a.m. – Employment Law
    • 11-11:55 a.m. – Legal Structure for Your Farm
    • 12-1 p.m. – One-on-one sessions
    • 1-1:55 p.m. – Legal Considerations Essential for Running a Successful Farm Business

2015

  • EVENT: December 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Hub Attorney Appreciation and Networking, Maine Mead Works, Portland, ME
  • EVENT: November 21-22 – Farm, Fish, and Food Innovation Challenge, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • WORKSHOP: November 8 – Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Farm, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, ME
  • EVENT: October 22 – Pierce Atwood attorney networking, Portland, ME
  • WORKSHOP: October 6 – How To Choose a Business Structure, Purdue Extension, Webinar
  • WORKSHOP: September 26 – Farm Labor Law, Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME
  • WORKSHOP: August 20 – Commercial Leases and Entity Formation, Commonwealth Kitchen, Boston, MA

 

Check our resource pages for farmers and food entrepreneurs and for attorneys.

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