‘Planning for the Future of Your Land’ workshops offered in May

  • Fourth generation farmer Al Rose will be join the May 28 workshop in Gardner to share his family’s vision for their orchard in Phillipston.

Published: 5/3/2019 12:27:45 PM
Modified: 5/3/2019 12:27:32 PM

WESTMINSTER — Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Agricultural Commissions from the Towns of Ashburnham, Westminster, and Hubbardston, and the Gardner Conservation Commission are sponsoring two free workshops and dinners for farm and forest landowners interested in learning about resources to manage and care for their land. This free session will present information on farm succession, leasing, forestry management, land conservation, and estate and financial planning.

The dinners and workshops will be held at the Westminster VFW, 3 Eaton St, on Wednesday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m., and at Mount Wachusett Community College on Tuesday, May 28 from 6-8 p.m., at 444 Green St.in the Arthur F. Haley Academic Center, room 115). Dinner will be catered by the Westminster VFW and Gardner Alehouse.

Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose, who is hoping for a big turnout, said, “As a fourth generation farmer I strive to keep the farm viable, relevant and sustainable. Conserving the land is a great step in the right direction and ensures the foundation to the farm is protected and available for future generations].” Rose will join the May 28 workshop and Livvy Tarelton of Sunset View Farm will join May 15 to share about the conservation project underway at their farm.

An estate plan helps ensure that your assets — including your land — get distributed according to your family’s goals and financial needs. Learn from knowledgeable advisors about what resources are available to support you and your family as you consider options for the future of your land.

The free session will feature Richard Valcourt and Mike Downey, experienced foresters who help landowners explore forestry management options; as well as Robert Wigmore from Farm Credit East who helps with financial planning, Jason Silverman from Land for Good who connects landowners to resources for farm succession and farm leasing, and attorney James Ermini who assists landowners with estate planning. Attendees will also learn about conservation options from Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and North County Land Trust.

Reserve your free seat and dinner by registering in advance. Call AmeriCorps member Kat Kowalski at 978-248-2055 x 29, or email kowalski@mountgrace.org


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