LAND FOR GOOD INC

Gaining Ground for Farmers

Keene, NH   |  www.landforgood.org

Mission

Land For Good's mission is ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land. We envision a vibrant landscape of working farms managed by thriving farmers. Entire communities will benefit from increased farming opportunity, healthy lands, and a more secure food supply. Since 2004 we have provided caring support and expert guidance to help farmers, landowners and communities navigate the complex challenges of land access, tenure and transfer. And our comprehensive and collaborative approach achieves customized solutions and helps realize family, farm business and community goals.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

James A. H. H. Hafner

Main address

PO Box 625 196 MAIN STREET

Keene, NH 03431 USA

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EIN

02-0530711

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Land access, tenure and transfer have been widely recognized as top challenges for beginning, established and transitioning farmers. Land access issues are not new to American agriculture. How farmland is acquired is, and always has been a matter of national interest, and is recognized as essential to national welfare. Contemporary demographic, economic and cultural trends make accessing farmland more complex and daunting, requiring innovative, ambitious and sustained responses to ensure success for the next generation. At both the national and state level, there are many more efforts focused on these issues in various ways. Land for Good continues to be engaged as a leader and strategic partner on programs, policy and research on these issues in our region and nationally. Through innovation, education, advocacy and consulting Land For Good is transforming how farmers get on to, hold, and transfer farmland in New England and beyond.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Farm Seekers Program, to help farmers gain secure access to farmland

Our Farm Seekers Program puts farmers on the land by helping them access farms and farmland through traditional and innovative methods. We prepare and support beginning and established farmers, helping them to make sound land tenure decisions.

We educate by providing informational, resource and planning materials. We deliver workshops, trainings, and programs about farmland tenure, access, affordability, lease or purchase, and related topics.

We advise farm seekers on land acquisition by providing coaching, technical assistance, and ongoing support. We help them get ready, plan and search for and assess farm properties. We assist in developing good leases and other tenure agreements, and managing relationships with landowners.

We innovate by researching and promoting new approaches, methods and public policies that improve farmland access, affordability and security. And we strengthen the delivery and coordination of services for farm seekers throughout New England by training other professionals and collaborating on projects.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults

Our Working Lands program helps landowners and communities make land available for farming. We work with private, organizational and public non-farming landowners to help them make sound land use decisions and agreements. We encourage traditional and innovative sale and lease models that benefit new and established farmers while meeting landowners’ stewardship and other objectives. We encourage policies and creative models that support farmland owners.

We also work with farm service providers, conservation organizations and communities to support landowners, increase farmland availability and foster good landowner-farmer agreements. In collaboration with researchers and policy makers, we advance policies and innovative working models that will increase farmland availability and foster equity and land stewardship.

We educate by providing information and resource materials such as guides for non-farming landowners interested in farming uses on their property. We deliver workshops and other educational events.

We directly assist landowners with property assessment, planning for farming uses, farmer recruitment, and designing good lease and other agreements. We help communities plan for agriculture. We advise land trusts and other conservation organizations.

We build community awareness to increase farmland availability. We research and advocate for new models and policies that support land access and farmland owners. We expand and improve services for landowners, train our colleagues and collaborate on projects.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Our Farm Legacy Program keeps farms in farming by helping farmers and their families plan. We support farmers to create a meaningful legacy. We enhance farming opportunity and help preserve the landscape and character of our communities. We work directly with farmers and farm families—including farmers without identified successors and the junior generation on the farm—to help them prepare for, plan, and navigate the farm transfer process. We also work with a wide range of educators and advisors to support farm succession and transfer planning.
-Coaching clients through the planning process
-Supportive teams of advisors
-Facilitated family meetings
-Documents

Population(s) Served
Families
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Inquires received.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Advisees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Land For Good's mission is to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land. We envision a vibrant landscape of working farms managed by thriving farmers. Entire communities will benefit from increased farming opportunity, healthy lands, and a more secure food supply. We believe that any strategy to improve land access and tenure security for beginning and established farmers must make land:

Available (in sufficient quantity, suitable locations, accessible, and findable);
Affordable (whether for purchase or rent);
Appropriate (for farming and related uses; providing security, housing, infrastructure); and,
Equitable (clear rights and responsibilities, equity for all parties).

Collaboration is Key – LFG works in collaboration with many other organizations and sector leaders to achieve
impact. We must continue to grow our partnerships and broaden our affiliations to support farming opportunity
and keep farmers on land in New England. In addition to public and non-governmental organization (NGO)
sectors, prospective private sector partners within and outside the agricultural sector include those with expertise
in law, real estate, finance, business development, and other non-farming professions. We will continue
supporting the work of peers, and serve as conveners in mission-aligned areas of collective interest. This will
amplify and deepen our work and impact by strengthening the field, fostering cooperation, and increasing the
funding available.

We Strive to be a Learning Organization Committed to Improvement and Results – As with any change
implementation, we need to evaluate the results of our work to know if we are meeting our goals, and to improve.
Using qualitative, quantitative and formative evaluation, we will gather internal and external data to continuously
improve our practices in all areas of our work. Evaluation must include the “difficult things to measure,” such as
longer term impacts on farmers, farms, and farmland, and on wider systems of partnerships, policies, programs
and public attitudes. This will require dedicated resources

Branding and Marketing are Critical to Wider Influence and Impact – We are excited to see issues of
farmland access, secure land tenure and farm succession and transfer receiving increased attention in local,
regional and national media. We have a strong footprint in professional sectors related to farm viability, and
farmland access and conservation. Our brand and issues should be more widely known among sectors of the
public that could help advance our mission, including among farmers, farmland owners, philanthropists, and
businesses and individuals who share our values. To increase our influence and impact, we must undertake a
rebranding effort and increase our marketing, especially using methods with high accessibility, reach and returns.

We Must Make a Clear, Urgent Case for Support – LFG works on multiple levels (individual, community,
statewide, regional) across six states with and for the benefit of four primary audiences. The impact of work with
farmers and the land access system takes time and, like the crops in the fields, comes to fruition in its own time.
We have been analyzing problems, testing solutions, and building the capacity of others. To increase our impact,
we need to attract more support in all forms: financial, public awareness, advocacy interest, referrals. This
necessitates having a concise, relatable Case for Support that highlights the urgency of the needs we are trying to
meet, the methods we employ, and the results we intend to achieve. We are a complex organization whose
potential for impact needs to be relevant and accessible to more people.

Land for Good has established a decade-plus regional and national reputation for excellence, collaboration, method innovation and advocacy. This, plus our ongoing programs and strong, dedicated staff, and leadership team. We are national leaders and with our comprehensive approach and innovative thinking, we are committed to continuing our leadership and cutting-edge exploration of these priority issues.

This year Land For Good has helped 347 Farmers, Landowners, or communities with Land Access, or tenure issues through our advising services.

Going forward we are:

- Making improvements to, and marketing of New England Farmland Finder, in cooperation with the New England Farm Link Collaborative. We’ll focus on tweaks, as well as new bells and whistles based on user feedback. The collaborative will do joint outreach to increase postings, produce new resources if the need is identified, and host trainings for real estate professionals.

- Continue our collaborative educational events such as workshops on land access, leasing basics, and landowner-seeker mixers. We’ll hold them with other groups, in conference venues and as stand-alone sessions. We will also strengthen and standardize our workshop curricula.

- Developing a framework and set of tools around succession mentoring and management transfer; a focus on the “soft issues,” recruiting and grooming a successor, and related.

- Continue to provide and strengthen our one on one advising services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LAND FOR GOOD INC

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deborah Leonard Kosits

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Term: 2019 - 2020

Jeffrey Cole

Connecticut College

Andrew Marshall

Dorolenna Farm (ME)

Glen Ohlund

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (MA)

Deborah Leonard Kosits

Organizational consultant

Daniel Ungier

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

Tory McCagg

Carl Querfurth

Emmett Watson

Columbia University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.