Jim Oldham, Director of Equity Trust, will participate in a panel discussion on Tools and Techniques for Farmland Conservation at the NYS Land Conservation Summit, April 10-11 in West Point, NY.
This session will provide an overview of tools and techniques that can be used to protect active agricultural land. Panelists will present the challenges faced by farmers, and how land trusts can address these issues through the use of affordability restrictions and affirmative farming covenants in both easements and leases; tools that go beyond just protecting the resources to ensure farmers have access to land. Jim’s presentation will focus on the use of affordability (resale) restrictions and affirmative farming requirements in both easements and ground leases as tools for promoting farmer access and active farming.
The presentation will draw on Equity Trust’s two decades of farmland protection work and share information about our new Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program.