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We believe local food systems depend on vibrant farms that are important components of both the local economy and the cultural landscape.

When residents identify places of the heart, at least one historic farm makes the list. These days, keeping a farm viable takes more than tending to a bountiful harvest, requiring a broad skill set that includes business, land use, and food systems planning. These planning resources can offer strategies for managing multiple important aspects of a farm operation.

Helping communities build relationships with local farmers to better understand their needs and opportunities to support local farms and increase access to local food.  This typically includes the collection of local data to develop a profile of existing agriculture and facilitated community engagement to guide volunteers through a process that results in an informed action plan.

Helping farmers develop or update their business plans and financial projections for their farm business.  This process varies by farm, but may typically include an analysis of current operations, resources, and historic financials, and focused interviews with operators to identify goals, growth strategies, potential markets, and infrastructure needs.

We provide guidance, strategies, recommendations and project management that define the specific tasks and phases needed within a project to achieve the ultimate vision. This includes identifying appropriate grants and other funding sources for the various phases of a project, from planning through implementation and long-term stewardship.

We’re here to make conservation work for you!

Conservation in action...

Urban Open Space & Recreation Plan

Urban Open Space & Recreation Plan

Conducted public outreach to inform goals and action plan for next seven years, and ADA assessment of 29 city parks.

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Scenic Byway Trail Easements

Scenic Byway Trail Easements

Securing connections within a regional trail network.

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Land Trust Alliance Re-accreditation Process

Land Trust Alliance Re-accreditation Process

Land trust stewardship assistance on over 60 properties.

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Ecological Studies & Stewardship Plans

Ecological Studies & Stewardship Plans

Supporting environmental stewardship of Amherst College's campus.

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Red Pine Replacement

Red Pine Replacement

Management of the harvesting and replacement of red pines infected by disease and insect problems.

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Conservation Area Bridge & Boardwalk

Trail design and grant writing services to support the renovation of an existing bridge and boardwalk.

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