• January 9, 2020
  • February 6, 2020
  • March 5, 2020

Each session will be from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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Massachusetts Department of
Agricultural Resources 

64 Century Way
Suite 42
West Springfield, MA 01089

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Shemariah Blum-Evitts
Program Director
, Land For Good 

Jon Jaffe
Farm Business Consultant, Farm Credit East

Jae Silverman
MA Field Agent, Land For Good

plus guest attorney


Shemariah Blum-Evitts 
Land For Good 

New England Farm Succession School -
West Springfield, Massachusetts

Are you unsure who will take over your farm? 
Feel like your family needs to start talking, but you don't know where
to start? 
Have questions about retiring that you don't know how to answer?
Can the farm support two generations?

Answer these questions and more at the 3-day Farm Succession School this winter! It is an opportunity for senior generation to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support on this challenging process. 

We will help you: 

  • Get the conversation started
  • Sort through possibilities
  • Clarify your goals and next steps
  • Connect you with resources and support to keep the process going! 

Farmers from across New England, of all farm sizes and enterprises, are welcome. Couples are encouraged to attend together! The course curriculum is designed for active, commercial farms looking to transfer their farm to a related or un-related successor. If this isn't you, please call us to discuss whether this course will be the best fit. 

"I got so much from the program, both in information and connections,” shared one participant. “The format was a well-balanced mix of instruction, homework and participation. I hope I can translate at least part of what I learned into the reality of our family farm’s future. I’d recommend the training to anyone with a family farm!”

The fee is $300 per farmer or farm couple, including lunch, refreshments and materials. Upon successful completion of the course, you can be reimbursed up to $200 for additional succession-related advising, such as attorney or accountant fees.

Farmers are required to attend all three days. There will be homework between sessions. Individualized support will be offered between sessions and after the course is concluded.

Register by December 20th or until course is filled. For more information or to register, call (603) 357-1600 or click the button below to register now. 


Sponsored by the Land Access Project, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant # 2018-70017-28531. Funding for technical assistance is provided by Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) Agricultural Business Training Program.