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Land Access Workshop Series for Farmers and Landowners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Sonia Janiszewski
914-720-1020
info@catskillsfarmlink.org

LAND ACCESS WORKSHOP SERIES FOR FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS
Featuring Free Legal Consultation for Your Farm and Food Business

WALTON, NY, March 9, 2012 – Landowners and farmers are invited to the Catskills FarmLink Introduction to Evaluating Land for Agricultural Use & the Basics of Land Leasing workshops being held in Delaware and Sullivan Counties on March 21 and 22.

The workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the eCenter, 5½ Main Street, in Delhi, and on Thursday, March 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Duggan Community Center, 3460 State Route 55, in White Lake.

Catskills FarmLink (www.catskillsfarmlink.org) is an online land access resource, connecting farmers looking for land with property owners interested in maintaining a viable working landscape. The workshop addresses two commonly asked questions: 1.) how do I evaluate my land for agricultural use, and 2.) how do I develop a land lease?

A presentation by Dale Dewing, field crop educator and Watershed extension team leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will focus on how to evaluate land for agricultural use. A panel discussion of landowners and farmers in lease agreements and food and farm law expert, Jason Foscolo (www.jasonfoscolo.com), will provide guidance and examples of personal experience with land leases.

Available from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day, Jason Foscolo, LLC, is offering free 15-minute consultations to answer questions about your food and farm business. These sessions must be pre-scheduled.

Additional workshop details are available at www.catskillsfarmlink.org. The workshops are free to attendees and RSVP is requested, as space is limited. To RSVP for the workshop or for a free legal consultation with Jason Foscolo LLC, email info@catskillsfarmlink.org or call Sonia Janiszewski at 914-720-1020.

Catskills FarmLink is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to the future of agriculture in the region. These organizations include Catskill Mountainkeeper; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware, Schoharie and Sullivan Counties; Delaware Highlands Conservancy; Farm Catskills; Farmhearts; NYC Department of Environmental Protection; and the Watershed Agricultural Council.