About Farmland

 

Supporting Human Connection to Food, Community and the Soil that Sustains, through Guidance on Farmland Ownership, Conservation, Management, Stewardship and Tenure.”

Ian McSweeney

Farmland Consulting LLC, Founder/Manager
Agrarian Trust, Director

 

Ian’s life work is focused on human connection to soil and food. First as a Social Worker focused on developing and operationalizing several outdoor experience based education programs. Then seeking more direct work with human connection to soil and food, in real estate founding a brokerage and consulting company to focus on prioritizing conservation, agriculture and community within typical land development. More recently as Executive Director of the Russell Foundation, a private foundation focused on assisting landowners and farmers through customized approaches to farmland ownership, conservation, management and stewardship. During Ian’s tenure the Russell Foundation worked directly with 70 land conservation, agriculture and community groups, 45 townships, and local, state and federal partners to assist 70 farms, complete 33 lease and/or management agreements and complete over 100 farm land focused projects protecting over 13,000 acres and raising over $18,000,000, all aimed towards providing benefit to farm land, farmers, community and local agrarian economy.

Ian has also participated in many farmland and food systems initiatives and has served as a consultant to a number of organizations, locally, regionally and nationally. He has served on zoning, conservation, planning and agricultural Boards and Commissions, County and State Conservation District, Regional Planning Commission and University Extension Coverts Program. Additionally, Ian speaks on farmland transfer, conservation, secure tenure, and fundraising models around the country. Ian has been recognized as a 40 under 40 leader in NH, selected for the Leadership Institute at Food Solutions New England and presently serves on New England Grassroots Environmental Fund grant committee.

Ian and his wife Liz protected their NH farm with a conservation easement, manage their forest as a Certified Tree Farm, lease their farmland to a Certified Natural vegetable grower, keep bees, mange habitat with a deep ecological focus, and spend as much time as possible with their two young boys, Dylan and Bridger.