Helping Farms and Farmers in New England

AFT's New England office envisions a future where a thriving farm and food sector generates jobs and economic opportunities, where exiting farmers plan for and are able to transfer their land and business to a farming buyer or family member, and where the next generation of farmers can more easily find and afford farmland.

Our Role

AFT promotes state-level policies and programs that address farm economics; facilitate new market opportunities; and help farmers gain access to land and keep that land in farming as it transitions from one generation to the next and one owner to the next.

Our Successes:

  • A lead advocate for statewide programs now in place in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine, AFT's efforts resulted in programs that help farmers adapt and grow their farm enterprises to take advantage of new opportunities.
  • Our recent New England Food Policy Project identified state policies and policy gaps impacting farm profitability, such as farm energy use, agricultural labor, and research and development.
  • Created in 2011, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) strives to increase the number of schools, hospitals and other institutions purchasing from regional farms. A founding member of FINE's Leadership Team, AFT sees the region's $2 billion in institutional food purchases as a critical market opportunity for the region's farmers.
  • Our Farmland Advisors project created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

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