Julia Freedgood is American Farmland Trust's Assistant Vice President of Programs. She oversees federal, state and local program and policy efforts to support farmland protection and agricultural viability. This includes oversight of field operations in several AFT regions, the Farmland Information Center, Planning for Agriculture programming and research, as well as technical assistance and education to support local and regional food systems, farmland succession, access to land and support for family farmers.
Julia is the editor and lead author of Saving American Farmland: What Works, and has written and produced dozens of reports and publications. A recognized national leader in providing services to communities, Julia has spent much of her distinguished career ensuring a voice for agriculture in the community planning process. She developed a methodology to assess the contribution of farmland to local budgets called Cost of Community Services studies which have now been conducted in more than 150 communities across the country.
With a background in policy analysis and development, Julia works closely with agricultural constituencies from farmers and ranchers to USDA field personnel, with municipal, county and state officials, and with planners, academics and land trusts in order to ensure agricultural land is available and affordable for farming and ranching, natural resources are managed with sound conservation practices, farmers and ranchers are economically viable and communities support a secure and resilient food supply.
Before joining American Farmland Trust, Julia was Executive Director of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets, researcher on a three-year project called Sustaining Agriculture near Cities at Tufts University School of Nutrition, and Director of Sheep Industry Redevelopment Projects at the New England Farm Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and a Master of Arts from the School of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts.
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