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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.

Room at the Table: Food System Assessment of Erie County

This report is a plan for strengthening Erie County’s food system. The report was prepared by graduate students in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo for the Department of Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. The Department of Environment and Planning is in the process of preparing a new farmland preservation plan - this report is intended to inform their effort.

Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region

This publication is fourth in a series produced by a post-graduate-level seminar within the Urban Design Program at Columbia University. Each has been focused on environmental issues facing the Upper Delaware River region. On the following pages are chronicles of six farms that are doing things differently. In recent years one of the most important changes in farming has been the renewal of regional agricultural markets, and especially the rapidly expanding urban appetite for fresh local produce.


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