Women for the Land Virtual Learning Circle - Agricultural Conservation Easements: Myths, Strategies, and Functions in the San Joaquin Valley
JOIN US for this Learning Circle focused on "Agricultural Conservation Easements: Myths, Strategies, and Functions in the San Joaquin Valley"
Caitlin Joseph & Kara Heckert, American Farmland Trust
Charlotte Mitchell, California Farmland Trust
Jean Okuye, East Merced Resource Conservation District
Landowners and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are facing historic questions about the long-term trajectory of their land and viability of their agricultural operations, compounded by mounting development pressure. Agricultural Conservation Easements can play several important roles in supporting farmland protection, long-term farm viability, generational succession planning, and critical resource management. In this Learning Circle, we’ll explore these functions, when they might and might not apply, and talk with women landowners about how to consider whether pursuing an agricultural conservation easement might be right for them. Women landowners and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are encouraged to attend to learn from each other and local technical advisors about what resources exist to support them in navigating these complex challenges.
BACKGROUND on Learning Circles -
Learning Circles are intended for women farmland owners, women who manage farms, and women seeking farmland who are interested in learning more about farmland conservation and farmland preservation programs and more.
The curriculum of each learning circle includes discussions about the topic of focus, features resources that local agencies offer, and provides networking opportunities with other women landowners and farmers.
To learn more about AFT's national Women for the Land initiative, visit: www.farmland.org/WomenForTheLand