Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

January 28, 2022

State farmland plan listening sessions

Please join us at a Listening Session to provide input for the development of the MA Farmland Action Plan. The purpose of the MA Farmland Action plan is to develop state level goals and recommendations for increasing farmland protection, farmland access, food security, and the long-term economic and environmental viability of farms across all regions of the state (more details are here). The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is supporting the development of the plan, and has engaged the UMass Donahue Institute to gather the input and recommendations from farmers, advocates, investors, landowners, land trusts, agricultural technical assistance providers, scientists, public officials, policy makers, and other agricultural stakeholders. The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative and American Farmland Trust are partners on this project as well.

Toward that end, we hope you will attend one of two Listening Sessions to share your ideas and suggestions for strategies to be included in the Massachusetts Farmland Action Plan. Input from stakeholders like you are key to the successful development of a plan.

The Listening Sessions will be held via Zoom on:

  • Tuesday, February 15 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Click HERE to register for the Listening Sessions by February 14. The expanded link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXZdpPS0TU2Mxv68t5TLlLNcyWU_DwSLdywklubEv-soIIyw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Please share this invitation broadly with those within your network who you feel would be interested. We want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible.

After you register, you will receive information to join a Zoom meeting with a unique link and enhanced security settings. Please do not share this link with others.

We hope you can join. If you have questions please contact Sonia Bouvier, Project Manager with UMass Donahue Institute. If you are unable to attend the session, you may also submit written suggestions to: sbouvier@donahue.umass.edu.


 

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