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New face for New England farmland access

Andrew Marshall, farmer and leader in farmer education, joins Land For Good

Marshall’s work has focused on the design and delivery of innovative education and training in sustainable agriculture. Above, Andrew Marshall talks about soil quality at a Farm Training Project workshop at Village Farm in Freedom, Maine.

Land For Good is happy to announce that Andrew Marshall, a Maine farmer and leader in beginning farmer education, will join the organization as its Education and Field Director.

Marshall’s work has focused on the design and delivery of innovative education and training in sustainable agriculture. Most recently Marshall served as Educational Programs Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) from 2003 to 2014, where he specialized in new farmer development initiatives. He led MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program and spearheaded the growth of its nationally recognized JourneyPerson’s training program for new farmers that has supported over 200 new farmers during his tenure.

Marshall also teaches sustainable agriculture at Unity and Colby Colleges. He has a background in agro-ecology and rural sociology, and earned degrees from Bowdoin College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also a farmer in Montville, Maine, where he and his family produce organic vegetables and forest products, and manage livestock.

Marshall will be working across New England to advance LFG’s mission to ensure the future of farming by putting more farmers more securely on more land. He will oversee educational programs and coordinate the activities of LFG Field Agents in all six New England state.

“There is so much going on for us around farmland access and transfer,” says LFG Executive Director, Kathy Ruhf. “Andrew has created vibrant education and outreach models for organizations across the country, and helped hundreds of new farmers establish farms of their own in Maine and beyond. We are thrilled to have Andrew join our team.”

“I’ve been an enthusiastic admirer, supporter, collaborator, and beneficiary of LFG since I met Kathy Ruhf in 2006. I have seen firsthand how effective LFG’s work has been with Maine farmers and landowners. I am thrilled to take on this important new role,” says Marshall. Marshall will step down as president of LFG’s board of directors to join the staff.

Land For Good is a New England-wide, not-for-profit organization, that is one of the few nationally specialized in farmland access, tenure and transfer. Its Farm Seekers, Farm Legacy and Working Lands programs educate, innovate, advocate and consult to transform how farmers get on to, hold, and transfer farmland . LFG staff educates and consults with farm seekers, established farmers, landowners, and community stakeholders in all six New England states.

—Land for Good

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