Map of My Kingdom & Legacy Letter Workshop - November 16, 2017
Krannert Auditorium & Krannert Drawing Room
Purdue University Campus
West Lafayette, IN
November 16, 2017
4pm-6pm: Legacy Letter Workshop
6pm-7pm: Reception, Heavy hors d'oeuvres (in the Krannert drawing room)
7pm-9pm: Map of My Kingdom Play & Talk Back
$50 per person includes: Legacy Letter Workshop, Reception, Map of My Kingdom Play, & Talk Back
$20 per person includes: Map of My Kingdom Play & Talk Back
Legacy Letter Workshop:
Farmland owners are often anxious about how make sure their stewardship values are honored
by the next generation farming their land. These can be hard conversations to start with family
members and tenants, especially in rural America where we are often raised to avoid talking
about death and money – two topics it’s hard to avoid when you discuss passing on the farm.
In this workshop, participants will share strategies and stories with one another about talking to
their heirs and tenants. Then we’ll write a Farm Legacy Letter, providing a template with a series
of prompts to help you write down the history of your farm and your goals for its future. The
finished document can serve as a point of departure for a conversation with your heirs and
tenant/s about your farmland values.
Some of the prompts ask you to write down your strongest memories of the farm: its sights,
sounds, tastes and smells, special events, your goals for managing it in the future and why they
are important to you, and what you hope people will remember about your farm in 10 years.
Map of My Kingdom:
“These stories are moving and engaging and remind us that we all share responsibility for the health of the land while we are here. Easy to mount, accessible and timely, Swander's play is a catalyst to help audience members address issues of land transfer productively. This is art serving its purpose in a meaningful way."
--Susan Wolverton – Professor of Theatre, Coe College
“It’s easier to talk to your children about sex than farmland transition.”
--An Iowa farmer
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 have you even started to think that far ahead? 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. 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, dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused not only on the viability of the family, but also of the land.
Land is the thread that binds all of the stories together. “For most farmers I know, owning land means everything,” Angela Martin says. Map of My Kingdom will resonate with those who have been through or are working through challenging land transfer issues that include division of the land among siblings, to selling out to a neighbor, to attempts to preserve the land's integrity against urban sprawl. The drama will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.
Today, a vast amount of land in the United States is owned by those over 65 years old. Some have made their wishes clear for the future of their property. Others are courting family upheaval by not planning in concrete ways. An age old problem, evident in literature from the Bible to King Lear to Willa Cather, land transition asks hard questions: Who really owns the land? And what is the role of the steward of a property? Can "fair" become "unfair" to one's children?
When Death Happens - Helping Farm Families Get Their Affairs in Order - November 30, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
What will this webinar be about?
When a family member passes away, it is usually a very difficult time emotionally for family members. This difficult time can become even more frustrating when heirs begin to settle their loved one’s estate if the farm and personal records are in disarray or non-existent. Join David Marrison, Ohio State University Extension, as he discusses a planning document that was developed to help families consolidate their financial and personal information into one easy document.
How do I join?
All you have to do is click on the link below and register, simple as that! You will then receive a confirmation email with the link to participate in the webinar at noon on November 30, 2017. You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before the webinar is about to start.