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Assessing Land for Agricultural Production, A Two-Part Workshop
1 Oct
Assessing Land for Agricultural Production, A Two-Part Workshop
Date: October 01, 2020 - October 04, 2020
Time: 10/1 6:30 - 8:00 pm and 10/4 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: Zoom & Hepatica Farm

Do you own land and wonder what type of agricultural production it is best suited for? Or are you a new farmer looking for land and seeking tools to help you assess potential farm properties?

Join ASA and Connor Stedman for this two-part land assessment workshop and field trip with a focus on diversified agricultural production. An evening zoom session on October 1 will include an overview of farm viability and land assessment considerations for farm properties in the greater Hudson Valley region, including the use of publicly available GIS data to evaluate properties. On Sunday, October 4th we will meet at the conserved Hepatica Farm in Greenwich to practice on-the-ground property assessment tools and answer questions in the field.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how site characteristics such as slopes, soils, waterways, infrastructure, access, and field layout can affect a property's viability for a diversity of farm enterprises.

Evening zoom session:

Thursday, October 1st, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Upon registration we will send you a link to the meeting to access from your home computer or phone.


On-farm application:

Sunday, October 4th, noon- 3 p.m. at Hepatica Farm in Greenwich, NY. Arthur Kraamwinkel and Melanie Seserman will be our hosts


Connor Stedman is a field ecologist and farm planner based between western New England and the Hudson Valley. Connor specializes in applying agroecological practices and design thinking to increase farm viability and climate change resilience. He has consulted on whole farm planning and land management decisions on thousands of acres of diversified production around North America. Connor holds an M.S. in Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont.

Participation in the farm visit will be limited to allow for safe distancing and face coverings will be required. The fee for this workshop is $10 per farm and registration is required on ASA’s website www.agstewardship.org, or by emailing Janet@agstewardship.org

This program is presented with support from a Regional Navigator Grant, administered by American Farmland Trust with funding from the State of New York, the Robert F. Wentorf Foundation and the following ASA business sponsors:

Event Sponsors

The Fort Miller Group
Odd Duck Farm

Capital Tractor
Robert H. Wentorf Foundation, Inc
Breanna Lundy, Financial Advisor

Currin Compliance Services, Inc.
Cambridge Valley Machining, INC
Golde Engineering, P.C.
Owl Pen Books

Archdale Agricultural Products, LLC
Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company
Harris-Pero Law Firm, PLLC - Estate, Elder and Business Law
Spiral Design Studio
TCT Federal Credit Union

Booth's Blend Compost
C.T. Male Associates, PC
Cambridge Auto Parts, Inc.
Schutze Family Dentistry
Schutze Family Dentistry

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