Who’s going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or is now the time to start planning?
Map of my Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. It looks at the human challenges of transitioning the farm business – from beginning the conversation to the power struggles along the way – and explains how to avoid conflict and choose peaceful, rational solutions that focus on the viability of the family, and the land.
And it’s coming to the Pacific Northwest this February and March.
Across Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, a dozen organizations are coordinating to host 13 performances of this traveling show. Many of these events include local attorneys and experts on the nuts-and-bolts of succession planning who will guide attendees to take their next steps.
“Access to land for the next generation is a huge priority for our organization,” said Sarah Sullivan of Gorge Grown Food Network, who is co-hosting the event in Hood River. “But tied up in that goal is helping the elder generation create a transition plan. Map of My Kingdom helps farmers understand the emotions that are at play in farm transition and address them in their families.”
In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions. Some families almost came to blows, struggling to resolve the sale or transfer of their land and dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused not only on the viability of the family, but also of the land.
Among the presentations are Rogue Farm Corps’ Changing Hands workshops, which train retiring and aspiring farmers and ranchers at day-long events throughout Oregon. Families going through succession learn how to minimize family strife through the play, how to structure a succession plan from an attorney, and how to assess and increase their farm assets from a financial expert. New and growing farmers and ranchers learn how to create a business plan, lease land, access finance, and evaluate the profitability of their business. And most importantly, these two groups can interact and plant the seeds for future leases, business opportunities, and mentorship.
“Rarely do beginning farmers and elder farmers (some of them without successors) have the chance to meet and get to know each other,” said Ashley Rood of Rogue Farm Corps. “Changing Hands gives each group the information they need to take their next steps, but more than that, it brings people together to make connections.”
Find a performance near you and RSVP by clicking on the location name.
• Baker City, OR at the Grand Geiser Hotel, 1996 Main St.
Wednesday, February 13, 8:00am – 3:45pm
Changing Hands: workshop on farm succession and access to land hosted by Rogue Farm Corps
Contact Ashley Rood for details: firstname.lastname@example.org, (971) 409-6806
• North Plains, OR at Jessie Mays Community Park, 30975 NW Hillcrest St.
Saturday, February 16, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosted by the Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District. Contact Charlotte Towbridge for details: email@example.com, (503) 334-2288
• Hood River, OR at Wy'east Middle School 3000 Wyeast Rd.
Sunday, February 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosted by Gorge Grown Food Network, Columbia Gorge Community College, and Peoples Company. Contact Hannah Ladwig for details: firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 490-6420
• Medford, OR at Central Point Extension, 569 Hanley Rd.
Tuesday, February 19, 8:00am – 3:45pm
Changing Hands: workshop on farm succession and access to land hosted by Rogue Farm Corps and OSU Small Farms Program. Contact Ashley Rood for details: email@example.com, (971) 409-6806
• Redmond, OR at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way
Wednesday, February 20, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Hosted by Rogue Farm Corps. Contact Nellie McAdams for details: firstname.lastname@example.org, (971) 409-6806
• Milwaukie, OR private performance for the Small Business Management class at the Clackamas Small Business Development Center
Thursday, February 21
• Burns, OR at the Harney County Education Service District, 25 Fairview Hts.
Friday, February 22, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Hosted by Rogue Farm Corps and the Harney County Farm Bureau. Contact Ashley Rood for details: email@example.com, (971) 409-6806
• Boise, ID 8th and Main Building, 17th Floor, 800 W. Main Street, Boise, 83702
Tuesday, February 26, 8:30am
Hosted by the Idaho Wine Commission. Contact host for details: (208) 332-1538, firstname.lastname@example.org
•Walla Walla, WA, at the Walla Walla Community College
Wednesday, February 27. Contact Jodi Worden for details: (509) 527-4561, Jodi.email@example.com
Hosted by Walla Walla Community College Campus Events & Sustainable Agriculture Systems Program
• Colfax, WA, at The Center, 104 S. Main Street
Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm-8:00pm performance, followed by a 30-minute discussion, Contact Colette DePhelps for details (208)885-4003, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition
• Moscow, ID, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Gritman Federal Building, 220 East 5th Street
Friday, March 1, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers Succession Planning workshop, Contact Colette DePhelps for details (208)885-4003, email@example.com
Hosted by Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, Cultivating SuccessTMandUniversity of Idaho Extension
• Moscow, ID, Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, 508 S. Main Street
Friday, March 1, 6:00 reception, 7:00pm – 8:30pm performance, followed by a discussion with playwright Mary Swandler, Contact Colette DePhelps for details (208)885-4003, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition
• Corvallis, OR, OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center
Wednesday, March 6, 8:00am – 3:45pm
Changing Hands: workshop on farm succession and access to land hosted by Rogue Farm Corps. Contact Ashley Rood for details: email@example.com, (971) 409-6806. Does not include Map of My Kingdom.
Information: Ashley Rood, Rogue Farm Corps, (510) 684-3596, firstname.lastname@example.org