Getting Started



A mediator guides the process so that everyone may be heard and understood. They ensure that each participant has opportunity to explain their own views without interruptions. 

The mediator will help clarify the opinions and ideas that participants are expressing, work to identify underlying problems and assist the group in highlighting the most important questions.

In mediation, the people who are directly involved make the decisions.

The mediator ensures that decisions are acceptable to everyone and will write an agreement. 

The outcomes can often be creative and much different from the ideas everyone started with. This ownership of the solution creates durable agreements, as people who are involved in creating a solution are more likely to follow through.


  1. Think about what you want to accomplish. Gather papers or information that may be helpful.

  2. Make a list of the most important facts, questions and ideas for plans or solutions.

  3. Consider what the other participant(s) might be thinking and what they might want.

  4. Tell the NYSAMP staff about other people who might be useful at the mediation: an attorney, advisor, support person, creditors or someone who might be affected by the outcome.

What if we can’t work it out? 

During the first mediation session, it may become clear that more information is needed.  There is always the option to schedule another session. 

If it becomes clear that no agreement can be reached and additional sessions will not be helpful, then the mediation is closed.  Mediation does not prevent participants from using other means to address disputes.


  • Interpersonal or financial problems are likely to threaten the viability of the farm.

  • The conflict is emotional, complex and escalating. 

  • Your personal or professional position limits your ability to intervene. 

  • A conflict management consultant would be perceived as neutral and fair. 

With NYSAMP, the referral process is simple and the assistance provided is prompt, flexible and personalized.

Those who refer others to mediation may continue to be involved as advisors or advocates, and may be a welcome addition to the mediation. Mediation is voluntary, it is up to the parties involved to decide who will attend.

NYSAMP services are not appropriate in situations involving domestic violence or other threats to physical safety, or if people are not able to negotiate freely on their own behalf.


Contact us for an initial conversation, we can discuss options for your situation. Consultations are free and confidential.