This thread was split off of Paul Wheaton's thread "The Otis Test" in the PEP forum. Paul's thread talks about a hypothetical farmer named, Otis, who is looking for someone to inherit his farm. He has a hard time finding anyone skilled and hardworking enough. Because of people like "Otis," Paul created the PEP curriculum to so people can learn homesteading skills and show that they have them, and people can Otis can see what a potential heir is capable of doing.
Kay Gelfling wrote:What might be a good way to find an Otis in my area? It's true that I would love to find somebody to potentially buy land from in a few years, but as that might be hard to find, I would be happy to find an Otis to learn stuff from! Maybe there is an Otis near me who would want a respectful, interested person to give advice to? Maybe I could help with some chores in exchange. But where to look? Is it time for another "good idea, bad idea"? Thanks for any advice. :)
The program that linked Gordon and Rockwood—Hudson Valley Farmlink Network (HVFN)—is being held up as a model of success by many organizations and advocates, and its approach will now be implemented across New York State. Last October, the national group that launched HVFN, American Farmland Trust (AFT), announced a new land-linking program called Farmland for a New Generation New York, funded by $400,000 in state funds for the first year as part of a larger state investment in farmland protection.