Central Valley Regional Program Coordinator, California Farm Link
Liya Schwartzman has been working in partnership with farmers on behalf of California FarmLink since 2010. She has supported hundreds of farmers and ranchers in accessing land, securing strong tenure agreements, exploring financing, and facilitating farmland and business succession plans. Liya also directs farmers to a variety of resources from FarmLink, its partners, and service providers nationwide. She is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences on topics of importance to beginning and retiring farmers and ranchers. Liya was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Nature and Culture. She now resides in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento, and enjoys all the fruits and vegetables that California has to offer.
In this information session, we will help you understand the programs that connect farmland to the new generation of farmers, and go over the roles of land leases, farmland trusts, agricultural easements, financial tools, and tax incentives that bring urban land under farm production.