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BCM Environmental & Land Law Sponsored the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

BCM is proud to have sponsored the 12th annual SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizen’s League) Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay. The annual festival was held on November 2nd at the University of Southern Maine/Portland and attended by BCM’s very own Stacy Laughton.

Friends of Casco Bay has been committed to improving and protecting the Casco Bay through advocating, researching, and engaging the community since 1989. As the largest film festival of its kind in the United States and the conservation organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Friends of Casco Bay hope to encourage action, activism and spread their enthusiasm for the environment.

Click here to view photos from this event and to find out who else sponsors Friends of Casco Bay.

Amy Manzelli to moderate panel discussion after “The Pollinators” screening

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? That’s why NOFA-NH is screening “The Pollinators” on November 11th at Red River Theatres in Concord – an award-winning documentary film following migratory beekeepers across the United States as their honeybees pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.

Join NOFA-NH for a celebration of honey, bees and organic farming at this fun and educational film screening and fundraiser. This event will open with a mead tasting, hors d’oeuvres and exhibitors at 5 PM, followed by the film at 6 PM, and close with an engaging panel discussion of knowledgeable practitioners addressing the threats to pollinators and offering solutions.

Click here to learn more and get your tickets.

Beth Boepple to Speak about Maine Farmland Protection

Elizabeth Boepple has been invited to speak along with a panel of experts to discuss agricultural and  conservation easements in Maine. Lawyers attending this session will learn how best to advise clients as the number of farms closing and farmers retiring continues to increase. Beth will be one of five experts contributing to the discussion of how best to represent new and existing clients as they respond to efforts to protect Maine’s farmland.

Find out more about the session and registering here.

NHACC’s 49th Annual Meeting

Amy Manzelli, Esq. will be speaking at the 49th annual conference held by the NH Association of Conservation Commission on Saturday, November 2nd at the Pembroke Academy. Amy will be discussing the legal considerations of monitoring conservation easements, followed by a Q & A. NHACC’s annual meeting is the only state-wide conference for municipal conservation commission members. This year’s panel discussion is “The Nature Economy; Balancing Develpement and Natural Resouces”.

Learn more and register for the conference here.

Farmland Access & Transfer Conference – November 18, 2019 in Augusta, ME

It’s a real wake-up call to see how few farmers age 65+ have a next generation working on the farm with them. How and to whom this land and farm infrastructure transfers will have an enormous impact on the future of farming in New England. At the same time, access to land is one of the biggest challenges for beginning farmers in New England. Farmers, landowners, and farm advocates are invited to the fifth annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference on November 18, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME. Learn strategies for tackling succession planning, participate in conversations about equity and affordability, gain the skills to find and secure farmland, negotiate a good lease agreement, and more. It’s the largest conference in the region focused on land access and transfer! Last year’s conference drew over 130 farmers, policymakers, service providers and advocates as well as members of the general public. The conference is co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good. For more information or to register, go to mainefarmlandtrust.org/access-2019.

Thank you to our many sponsors Maine Harvest Credit Union, Agrarian Trust, BCM Environmental & Land Law, Conservation Law Foundation, Greenhorns, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, Farm Credit East, Land In Common, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Cooperative Development Institute, and American Farmland Trust.

NOFA-NH Presents the CRAFT of Farming

See, Walk, Learn & Network!  NOFA-NH is presenting an educational program for farmers, farm workers, gardeners, students, and families. Participants will have the opportunity to tour three Merrimack County farms as a part of the NOFA-NH CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training) program and visit the places where real, local organic vegetables are being grown.

Click HERE to register for this exciting event and learn more about NOFA-NH’s CRAFT Program.



Beth Boepple Leads CLF Legal Food Hub Webinar

Elizabeth Boepple presented a webinar regarding Agricultural Easements as a part of the CLF Legal Food Hub Winter Webinar Series on March 5, 2019.  The CLF Legal Food Hub is an organization that provides pro bono legal assistance, workshops, and training to farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations in order to foster a sustainable, resilient, and just food system.  Check out Beth’s presentation here to learn more about agricultural easements!


BCM Sponsors NEWIEE NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle

BCM Environmental & Land Law was pleased to be the networking and refreshment sponsor of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle which took place at Unitil’s offices in Hampton, NH on November 5, 2018.  This meeting was about “Tough Topics.”  Attendees worked in facilitated small groups to discuss the various “Tough Topics” that face women in the workplace on a daily basis – e.g. How to ask for a raise? How to work remotely and still grow your career? How to deal with inappropriate behavior in the work environment? And more!



BCM Sponsored Grow Well, Eat Well: NOFA-NH Winter Conference

BCM was happy to be a sponsor of the NOFA-NH Winter Conference which took place on Sunday, March 18th at Merrimack Valley High School.

This year’s conference was definitely a good one!  Renowned doctor and author, Daphne Miller, M.D., was both a workshop presenter and the keynote speaker.  Participants were able to elect to attend one of several workshops tracks that were offered offered (Advanced Growers, Livestock/Animals, or Social Justice, just to name a few) or they could mix it up and attend a variety of different programs.

Some “FRESH” Thinking

On June 7 the sun finally came out and Attorney Amy Manzelli was able to enjoy the warmth as she toured the new lēf Farms facility in Loudon with the New Hampshire chapter of NEWIEE, New England Women in Energy & the Environment.

lēf Farms is a 14 acre 100% hydroponic farm with a 75,000-sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse facility that strives to get their greens into your hands within 24 hours of when they’re picked.  Their greens are carefully grown “just across town, not clear across the country.”

NEWIEE, has a goal to foster a dynamic and enthusiastic environment for women all over New England and those who care about energy and environmental issues in order to encourage the development of creative solutions to energy and environmental issues.