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Thursday, September 19

10:00am EDT

An Acre at a Time: Managing Land for Climate Resiliency
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent reports that the planet had its hottest four years on record highlight the need for accelerated work to keep global warming below critical tipping points, as well as the need to ensure that our communities are prepared for the changes in climate we are already experiencing. Management of working lands can play a vital role both in helping to mitigate the effects of a changing climate as a natural solution, and in adaptation. This workshop will showcase practices that foster carbon sequestration, such as restoration of the land, grass-based agriculture, and conservation of forests, and offer practical solutions to using working lands to help prepare our region for a changing climate.

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Karen Fitzgerald

Senior Landscape Architect, Toole Design Group
Karen has been practicing landscape architecture, urban design and planning for over 30 years. Sheis a resident of Francestown New Hampshire and has worked with many small towns and citiesthroughout the state on community design and planning issues. She has also worked with severalfarmland... Read More →
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Joshua Faulkner

Farming & Climate Change Program Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua Faulkner is a Research Assistant Professor and coordinates the Farming and Climate Change Program in the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  He does applied research and outreach on soil, water, and nutrient related issues across the state and provides technical... Read More →
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David Patrick

Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy, NH Chapter
David Patrick joined the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in 2015 as Director of Conservation Programs, and works with his team to undertake terrestrial, marine, and freshwater conservation planning and implementation. Prior to joining TNC, Dave was the Executive Director... Read More →
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Steven Whitman

Founder and Principal, Resilience Planning & Design
Dr. Steven Whitman of Resilience Planning & Design is a professional planner and educator who has been working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in New England for over twenty years. Steve is also a certified permaculture designer and teacher, and works on ecological... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431

2:00pm EDT

Governing for Farm Viability
Limited Capacity seats available

Farm and forest entrepreneurs are at the heart of the New England landscape and an integral part of what makes our region a quality place to live. Agriculture is not only vital to our heritage but an integral driver of our local economy. This session will focus on how we can ensure our farmers have the support they need from state and local farm policies and direct services geared to support farm viability. We will highlight success stories in state level tax reform, farmland access, and other policies to encourage farm profitability and the continuation of the agricultural tradition in New England.

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Sara Dewey

Director of Farm & Food, and Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
Sara Dewey is the Director of Farm & Food and is also a staff attorney. Sara has worked on environmental, agricultural, and energy issues as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as policy director of an environmental governance initiative at Yale University. Sara holds a J.D... Read More →
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Laurie Beyranevand

Director, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Vermont Law School
Laurie J. Beyranevand is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. In addition to teaching, she has directed major grant funded projects for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Professor Beyranevand received a BA from Rutgers College... Read More →
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Jennifer Rushlow

Director of Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School
Jennifer K. Rushlow is the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law Center, Acting Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.Professor Rushlow received a BA from Oberlin... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431
Friday, September 20

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: Show me the Money - Creative Financing for Farmers and Food Producers
Limited Capacity seats available

Every small business owner knows the challenges of securing capital.  This proves even more challenging for farmers since lenders often don’t “get” farming and see their businesses as riskier. Thankfully, this view is starting to change as more lenders get on board with lending to the agricultural community.  This workshop will highlight several innovative financing opportunities for farmers and food producers, including a new farm-focused credit union—the first of its kind in the nation, a community loan fund that offers business planning services alongside its lending products, and a “slow money” model that allows community members to invest directly in local farms and food businesses.  

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Rebecca Busansky

Program Manager, PVGrows Investment Fund
Rebecca Busansky is the Program Manager for the PVGrows Investment Fund which provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food entrepreneurs located primarily in Western Massachusetts through community investments. She has worked for PVGrows since 2013, and joined the... Read More →
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Scott Budde

President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union
Scott has 30 years of experience in investment management, banking and consulting with a focus on impact and community investing strategies.  He is currently Project Director of the (MHCP) where he is working to create specialized credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture... Read More →
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Charlene Andersen

Farm Food Lender, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Charlene Andersen is the Farm Food Lender at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across the state. In this role, she advocates for farmers, fishers, food producers and value chain... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431