Farmland Access

A community-based, participatory research project which aimed to contribute to the understanding of and to providing solutions for sustainable, community-based farmland management for local food production in British Columbia.

In collaboration with FarmFolk CityFolk (and previously with The Land Conservancy of BC), the project aims to support the establishment of alternative forms of land ownership, to contribute to the conservation of agricultural and food producing lands, and to advance sustainable, community-led models of farmland ownership, access, governance and production. The project has progressed since 2008 to include a multi-site global ethnography study, examining unconventional land tenure, community-based land reform and agrarian citizenship. The British Columbia portion of the research focuses on alternative land access and tenure, and is expanding to include an examination of emerging beginning and young farmer networks in conjunction with The Young Agrarians (a partnership of FarmFolk CityFolk).

Source of Funding: Real Estate Foundation of BC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and VanCity.

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Recent Publications:

Wittman, H., Dennis, J., Pritchard, H., 2017. Beyond the market? New agrarianism and cooperative farmland access in North America. Journal of Rural Studies 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.03.007