[UPDATE: AUGUST 18, 2020]
Due to uncertainty surrounding the safety of hosting in-person events, this program has been cancelled.
Rest assured that we are continuing to work with our partners at Farm Commons to bring this valuable content to you. Farm Commons staff are currently redeveloping this one-day workshop into a blended learning series that will include self-directed online instruction and virtual small group meetings with Farm Commons lawyers and our farmer co-facilitators, Katie Funk and Jeff Hake of Funks Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains. We intend to offer this course to our Illinois farmers in spring 2021.
If you are seeking clarification on farm law issues right now, please make use of the amazing resources Farm Commons has developed including a wealth of new information responding to the new issues farmers are facing surrounding COVID 19.
Farm Commons resources: https://farmcommons.org/resources-search
Presented by Sarah Vaile, Attorney (Farm Commons) with Farmers, Jeff Hake and Katie Funk (Funks Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains)
Don’t lay awake at night wondering if a legal mistake is going to take your farm away. Developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think.
Farm Commons’ collaborative, accessible approach to learning farm law alongside farmer-peers will set you on the right path. Our “Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm” Workshop isn’t a set of boring lectures filled with legal lingo. This workshop is led by a farm law expert and farmer co-presenters, guaranteeing you’ll pick up the practical wisdom and the knowledge you need to navigate legal issues with confidence.
Framed around the 12 steps every farm needs to take to build legal resilience, you’ll leave this workshop with a personal action plan for your own farm. Checklists, model documents, and more show farmers how to get the job done. Together, we will build strong local farms and resilient community businesses with the law on our side.
This workshop addresses farmers’ greatest vulnerabilities in land matters and leasing, business structures, farm employment law, diversification and agritourism, as well as liability and food safety issues.
What do farmers say about Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm?
“Plain-spoken, good real world examples. Very comprehensive.”
“Way more approachable than expected! I feel like I can actually do this stuff the right way!”
“It was such an incredible gift to get so much valuable information even though I’ve only just begun learning about farming.”
“This was the best workshop I’ve ever attended. And I’ve attended a lot of them!”