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Owasco Lake Agricultural Conservation Blueprint

Owasco Lake, located in Central New York, is a small Finger Lake with a large watershed—nearly 205 square miles in size—that provides the drinking water for the city of Auburn. The actions recommended in the Blueprint will help the agricultural community take proactive steps to improve water quality in Owasco Lake while strengthening the economic viability of farming in the watershed.

Scaling Up: Strategies for Expanding Sales of Local Food to Public and Private Institutions in New York

While there are important benefits of greater farm to institution sales and growing public support for such efforts, significant barriers remain.These barriers are often complex and can be found across the food chain.To be successful, efforts to overcome such barriers must enable increased food production as well as grow demand and purchasing by institutions and all of the links in the supply chain between farm field and institutional plate.This report highlights a series of "actionable projects" that are priorities for New York.

Buy Local First: How to Keep Public Food Dollars in Your Community

This webinar is part of a series on Planning for Agriculture organized by American Farmland Trust's New York State Office in 2011.

This webinar reviews how towns and counties can develop local food purchasing policies that will ensure that dollars spent on food by schools, senior centers, prisons and other public institutions support local communities.


When Local Food is Illegal: Keeping Zoning Farm-Friendly

This webinar is part of a series on Planning for Agriculture organized by American Farmland Trust's New State Office in 2011.

This webinar discusses how communities can make sure local zoning codes and regulations can help and not hinder the development of local economies based on growing food. Real examples of zoning that unintentionally stalled agriculture and how local communities remedied the situation are discussed as well as how to conduct a review of town and county codes.


Exploring Alternate Ways to Protect Farmland

This webinar is part of a series on Planning for Agriculture organized by American Farmland Trust's New York State Office in 2011.

This webinar discusses potential new funding sources and strategies to protect farmland. Presenters discuss how communities uses the Community Preservation Act, as well as new models used by land trusts and an explanantion of the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP).

Making the Most of Planning for Agriculture

American Farmland Trust's (AFT) New York State Office organized this webinar to provide an overview of Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Towns and Counties, a publication designed to help planners and citizens support farms and other agricultural businesses and protect the local landscape. Topics include: agricultural economic development; food and public heath; zoning and land use planning; purchase of development rights, and public education.

Land Use Law Center of Pace Law School

Established in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques.

The Center involves land use and real estate leaders, attorneys, and other professionals in its programs. Its activities provide opportunities for students of Pace Law School to gain in-depth, practical experience that allows them to become excellent practitioners serving private, public, and nongovernmental clients.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The mission of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is to build a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for the region. They organize, support, and mobilize a 12-state network of organizations and individuals to ensure the strategic impact of a collective voice as they take action toward common goals. Their work strengthens and coordinates the work of hundreds of other organizations by building synergy among them and aligning resources to achieve systemic change at all levels.

Leasing Land to Farmers: A Handbook for New England Land Trusts, Municipalities and Institutions

This handbook is intended to help land trusts, municipalities and institutions such as schools, churches and nonprofit organizations that own farmland to keep that land in production — or bring it into production — by leasing it to farmers.The resources in this handbook will help municipalities, land trusts and both public and private institutions consider options and find ways to structure successful tenancy arrangements with farmers.


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