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Leaving a Legacy

“What Will Be Your Legacy?” is an important question when it comes to family farmland.

We know that every family and every farm is different, and so we offer a range of resources to help you through your transition, including:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Tools to help you ensure that your land remains farmland
  • Individualized guidance and referrals
  • Online resources
  • Roundtables, which are an easy way to start the conversation about your farm's future.  You can learn more here, and sign up for one of the upcoming roundtables:
    • September 23, 2014Peoria, Peoria County Farm Bureau, 1716 N University St, West Peoria, IL, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.  Doors open at 5pm, and a light supper will be available.
    • December 2, 2014Springfield (location to come) 
  • Planning for Your Farm's Future - a planning workshop
    • Wednesday, June 25 -- Bloomington, The Launch Pad, 315 E. Front St., 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Leaving a living legacy to the next generation of farmers

"What will be your legacy?" is also the subject of a play written by Doug Nopar of The Land Stewardship Project, entitled “Look Who’s Knockin’:  A Retiring Couple Wrestles with the Future of Their Farm.”  

The play is about an elderly farm couple, Gerald and Nettie, who are struggling with the question of what to do with the farm that has been in Nettie's family for five generations.  The play focuses on critical issues faced by Illinois farmers and farming communities today. It also presents options — ways that retiring and aspiring farmers might help each other find ways to steward the land into the future

The Land Connection put on five performance of “Look Who’s Knockin’” in the spring of 2014, and ten performances during the winter and spring of 2013.  All of these central Illinois performances spurred a lot of conversation around the topic of farmland transition. Read more about the play and the subject of farm transitions below.

Peoria Journal Star
U of I Extension
Illinois Times
Chillicothe Times Bulletin