NEFA concept being a sort of prelude to Cooperative

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Maybrook Farm Community In partnership with key investors, NEFA has purchased and begun renovations of the Maybrook Hotel, located in Kerhonkson, New York, one mile from the Arrowhead Farm, off of Route 209. This 15-acre property with seven buildings is a critical piece in the work to create access to farmland by creating access to affordable housing within close proximity to the land. The developing plan for this property is to not only create affordable housing stock, but also to leverage the meeting spaces and grounds to have common space for events and other activities connected with community and sustainable agriculture. In spring 2017, three months after closing and some considerable renovations, farm-worker families and individuals are currently living at the lodge, and there is already genuine excitement around leveraging the space from community members. Meet NEFA Northeast Farm Access, LLC, brings together farmers, social investors and local allies, especially conservation land trusts, to revive and transform sustainable agriculture—yielding not just abundant clean, local food, but also a new generation of successful organic farmers. Our innovative projects create long-term access to farmland and food while also growing farmer and investor equity. With investor support, we buy land, transition it to organic, and lease it long-term and affordably to experienced farmers. (Read more) NEWS from NEFA 2 New Hudson Valley Projects Near Esopus Ag Center Added by NEFA NEFA Developing Monadnock Agricultural Center in New Hampshire ‘How Is Your Work Ensuring Farm Viability?’ An Albany Conference Recap From NEFA, the 2016 Year in Review Esopus Ag Center Formed on 214 Historic Prime Ulster Acres NEFA Makes Commitment to Agroecology Program at Its 3 Centers Esopus Progress Report, in Brief Sign Up for Our Newsletter Sign up to get interesting news and updates delivered to your inbox. OUR AGROECOLOGY PROGRAM NEFA and Its Farmers PRAISE FOR OUR MODEL Enabling the next generation of young farmers to enter and stay in farming is one of the great challenges of our time. To succeed, they need land, affordable capital and reliable markets. Northeast Farm Access helps meet these needs by bringing together social investors, expert farmers, and available farmland.�? — Fred Kirschenmann, President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

read another perspective:  http://ulstercountypress.com/stories/300-acre-farm-to-sell-in-kerhonkson,22576

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