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Gretchen Elsner

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Caretaker Farm

  • Farmers: Bridget Spann and Don Zasada (junior farmers); Sam and Elizabeth Smith (senior farmers)
  • Method of Access: Bridget and Don own the farmhouse and structures and rent the farmland via a ground lease
  • Acreage: 35 acres
  • Location: Berkshires, Massachusetts
  • Year Founded: 2006 (Don and Bridget’s operation); 1991 (Sam and Elizabeth’s CSA); 1969 (Sam and Elizabeth’s operation)
  • Affordability Tools: Ground lease, conservation easement, community fundraising, land trust
  • Farm Operation: Diversified animal and vegetable operation with 200 varieties of 40 different crops every season, plus chickens and pigs
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Diggers’ Mirth

  • Farmers: Hilary Martin, Dylan Zeitlyn, Elango Dev, Sophia Zowat
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 11 acres
  • Location: Burlington, Vermont
  • Year Founded: 1992
  • Affordability Tools: Farm incubator, collaborative farming, LLC
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables and salad greens
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Elmer Farm

  • Farmers: Spencer and Jennifer Blackwell
  • Method of Access: Ownership
  • Acreage: 89 acres
  • Location: Middlebury, VT
  • Year Founded: 2006
  • Affordability Tools: Conservation easement, OPAV, land trust
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables and grains
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Full and By Farm

  • Farmers: James Graves and Sara Kurak
  • Method of Access: Ownership
  • Acreage: 100 acres
  • Location: Essex, NY
  • Year Founded: 2010
  • Affordability Tools: Conservation easement, land trust
  • Farm Operation:  Vegetables, meat, eggs
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Greenfield Berry Farm

  • Farmers: Daniel and Michele Greenfield
  • Method of Access: Lease, public lands
  • Acreage: 20 acres
  • Location: Cuyahoga, OH
  • Year Founded: 2006
  • Affordability Tools: Leasing public lands
  • Farm Operation: Berries
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Growing Veterans

  • Farmers: Chris Wolf is the Farm Manager and oversees hundreds of veterans and volunteers
  • Method of Access: Lease with option to purchase
  • Acreage: 3 – 40 acres – there are three farms at different locations: Whatcom County Farm, Skagit County Farm, and Auburn Farm
  • Location: Washington State
  • Year Founded: 2012
  • Affordability Tools: Nonprofit status, short-term lease with option to purchase, “pay with product” rent
  • Farm Operation: Berries, vegetables
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Higher Ground Rooftop Farm

  • Farmers: John Stoddard
  • Method of Access: Lease
  • Acreage: 1.3 acres
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Year Founded: 2013
  • Affordability Tools: Urban rooftop farming, lease, fundraising donations
  • Farm Operation: Produce, herbs
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Hillen Homestead

  • Farmers: Maya Kosok
  • Method of Access: License, lease pending (rolling lease)
  • Acreage: Two lots, about 1/4 acre combined
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Year Founded: 2013
  • Affordability Tools: Use of public land
  • Farm Operation: Flowers
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Hmong American Farmers Association

  • Farmers: HAFA members, who typically have over 20 years of experience growing on less than 10 acres of land
  • Method of Access: Long-term lease with option to buy
  • Acreage: 155 acres
  • Location: Vermillion Township, Minnesota
  • Year Founded: 2013 (farm), 2011 (HAFA)
  • Affordability Tools: Research and incubator farm, conservation easement
  • Farm Operation: Vegetables and flowers
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