February 22, 2018  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.

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Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside
Kathryn Ruhf, Land for Good
Tess Brown-Lavoie, Land for Good


  • Assessing potential
  • Buying vs. leasing
  • Resources for finding land
  • Obtaining financing
  • Pitfalls to avoid




Finding land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers. Get a leg up on your search with help from this powerhouse team.

Brett Olson, co-founder of Renewing the Countryside, works on local food systems, entrepreneurship, and community development in rural areas. Kathryn Ruhf and Tess Brown-Lavoie work for Land for Good on issues of land access, succession, and equity.

They’ll talk about how to determine the utility of a piece of land, whether buying or leasing is the best option, and how to get financing. They’ll also cover pitfalls to avoid and issues to anticipate as you look for a home for your farm.


Presenter bios:

Brett Olson
Brett Olson is the co-founder and creative director of Renewing the Countryside, a Minnesota nonprofit focused on strengthening rural communities. He provides individualized technical assistance, and designs strategic communication campaigns and publications on issues important to rural America.


Kathryn Ruhf
Kathryn is Senior Program Director at Land For Good. She has taught, consulted, written, and led projects on beginning farmers, land access and tenure, and farm succession for 30 years.


Tess Brown-Lavoie
Tess Brown-Lavoie is the Rhode Island field agent at Land For Good. She also co-runs Sidewalk Ends Farm, coordinates the Justice and Agriculture Working Group based in Rhode Island, and serves as the vice president on the board of the National Young Farmers Coalition.




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