Service Provider Succession Planning Programs To Address Land Access Inequities In The Northeast

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2023: $149,554.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2026
Grant Recipient: The Farm School
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Carmen Mouzon
The Farm School


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: focus group, study circle, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: farm succession, feasibility study, land access
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, community planning, community services, employment opportunities, ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, local and regional food systems, other, partnerships, public policy, quality of life, sustainability measures, urban/rural integration

    Proposal abstract:

    The service providers that will benefit from this project are in the sectors of farm/land/conservation, law, climate resilience, real estate, non-profits and land trust. The service providers in each of these sectors benefit by connecting more farmers and land stewards to land that might otherwise be sold to large scale development interests, thereby meeting their goals towards continued agricultural sustainability.  Several service providing organizations within the sectors of farm/land/conservation, law, climate resilience, real estate, non-profits and land trust have already expressed interest in sharing new strategies and skills to mitigate farm/land disparities along the lines of race and class in the northeast and are beginning to acquire new skills to help the growing number aging farmers transition land in ways that promote future sustainability.

    Service providers will gain skills and tools to better facilitate land successions and transitions for and to Black Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) land stewards.  The service providers will grow in their awareness of land based inequities and current methods key individuals, organizations and the advisory committee are taking to utilize their agency and power to address land and farm owner inequities.  The trainers of the trainers (service providers) have a proven track record of initiating intentional BIPOC land access, transfer and land back projects.  The process of intentional land succession and transfers requires adaptable methodologies.  Sharing these methodologies and approaches with service providers from the service provider experience, participants will become better equipped to adopt, reference and facilitate the clients/farmers succession or transfer process using relationship based processes for intentional BIPOC land transfers and access in the Northeast.  

    Performance targets from proposal:

    15 service providers in the sectors of conservation, climate resilience, real estate, law and land trust will conduct educational succession planning programs that teach new strategies to a. 15 aging Farmers b. 30 Farmers of Color in the Northeast c. 15 additional service providers servicing the MA, CT, RI, VT region.

    i. These educational programs will equip aging farmers with the new strategies and the skills to succession plan with greater confidence, meet and engage potential farm successors, receive economic benefits from the transfer and ensure diversified farming as a sustainability measure through their successors. ii. Farmers of Color will be equipped with new strategies and skills to meet and engage farmers looking to transition land, actively engage in negotiations during the succession process and gain the skills to finalize the succession process and uplift diversified agricultural practices as sustainability measures on the land. iii. 15 Service providers will adopt acquired skills and resources to complete succession plans and "close the deal" in ways that are mutually beneficial. 15 Farmers will show a willingness to engage these new strategies. 5-7 successions of farmland in the Northeast to Farmers of Color will occur within the period of this 3 year project.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.