Author Archives: Ben Waterman

About Ben Waterman

Ben writes about land access, tenure, and stewardship issues that are relevant to new farmers in Vermont. He coordinates the Land Access Program at UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture: http://www.uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture/?Page=begland.html=

Farm Access Resources for 2015

Numerous organizations and programs across Vermont aim to help you find land, find a farmer or find information related to farm tenure and stewardship. Here are ideas to get you going in 2015. The Vermont Farmland Access Network, or VFAN, … Continue reading

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Drip Irrigation Resources

Drip irrigation systems can save enormous amounts of water, thereby reducing wear and tear on pumping components and reducing energy inputs and cost.  This article from Penn State Extension points to potential water savings of 50% compared to overhead sprinkler … Continue reading

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Farmland Assessment Tips

Here are three tips on land and field assessment that will help you better understand how a particular site might act when put into production: Look around! Look below! Look beyond! Above all nothing beats a site visit to verify … Continue reading

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Developing a Lease Agreement You Can Relate To

Farm lease agreements can be complex legal documents, but they don’t have to be.  Behind every legal provision there is a meaning, a purpose and a potential benefit to both parties of having such language in the lease.  I sometimes … Continue reading

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The Land that Produces Two Thousand

Can new farmers enable agricultural land in Vermont to be enrolled in the Use Value and Appraisal Program, otherwise known as Current Use?   If yes, they enable landowners to reduce their property taxes by 88% on average. First a quick … Continue reading

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