Hannan Healthy Foods Hires Their First Employee

Mohammad Hannan of Hannan Healthy Foods Farm grows certified organic vegetables on seven acres of conserved agriculture land owned by the town of Lincoln, MA. He sells his produce at the farmstand in Lincoln, through a CSA, and at the East Somerville Farmers Market. For the 2022 season, Mohammad added his first employees! Mr. Hannan needed […]

2023 Winter Webinar Series

Laws of the Land: What to Know About Your Farm BEFORE You Commit Wednesday, Feb 1st, 12:00-1:15EST Presenters: Attorney Laura Hartz and Attorney Stacey Caulk, Drummond Woodsum You’ve heard the phrase ‘location, location, location’ when it comes to choosing a home. It’s no different for farmers when choosing a site for their farm business. All […]

Distinguished Service Attorney: Keith Richard

Keith Richard of Archipelago in Portland, ME has been an outstanding partner for the Legal Food Hub over the past few years, taking on matters ranging from contract disputes to LLC formations, to negotiating the sale of a conservation easement.  He is particularly passionate about working with farmers and small business owners, tackling food waste, […]

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Expansion of USDA Mediation Services for NH and VT Farmers

The Agricultural Mediation Programs in Vermont and New Hampshire recently expanded the list of approved issues that qualify for free mediation to include easements, contracts, and labor issues. “Farmers and other agricultural businesses in these situations find themselves in disputes with landowners, employees, or other entities,” Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program (VTAMP) Director, Matt Strassberg said. […]

2022 Winter Webinar Series

Starting Your Farm or Food Business: The Role of Succession Planning  Presenter: Kim Memmesheimer, Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, PLLC  When you’re forming your LLC or other business entity, it is important to plan for the future. This webinar will prepare you with key questions to consider about succession planning when forming your business. Labeling Your Food […]

Launching in New Hampshire

The Legal Food Hub is thrilled to announce it will begin offering services in New Hampshire on November 4th 2021. We look forward to becoming a part of the New Hampshire food network and doing our best to support and grow a sustainable food system. Beginning November 4th 2021, if you are a farmer, food […]

The Biden Administration Carves Out Relief for Farmers of Color

For generations, farmers of color, including Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Asian farmers, have struggled against systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt. This struggle has been exacerbated recently by a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations, death, and job loss experienced by these groups. At the same time, more than 370 million acres of our […]

Free Winter Webinar Series

The Legal Food Hub’s free annual Winter Webinar Series began on Tuesday, February 16th. Each week we spent an hour covering a legal topic of significance to New England farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food-oriented nonprofits. Understanding Purchase and Sale Agreements in Real Estate Transactions A purchase and sale agreement is the document that establishes the […]

Legal Food Hub Year in Review

Enjoy reading about the growth of the New England Food System through our annual report. We connect the stewards of our food system to pro bono legal services. By supporting those who grow, produce, and sell our local food, we’re helping to foster a sustainable, resilient, and just food system. And a healthy and thriving […]

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Massachusetts Covid Resources for Farmers and Small Businesses

How do I protect my employees? Where can I sell my produce now that my farmers market closed? Is there grant money available for my business? Despite the pandemic we find ourselves facing, New England has mobilized, and an incredible amount of resources have become available to food businesses and farmers to help provide financial relief as well as business guidance during this difficult time. This article is a list of resources as well as helpful advice on the laws that are in flux.