Webinar: Establishing and Farming On a Community Land Trust

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 1:00PM
Hosted by: Farmstart

Part of the Farm Viability Webinar Mini-Series

Looking for creative ways to get farming? Is land the last big piece? Explore different models of land access and ask all your questions as four successful farmers from across Canada recount their “land testimonials”. These sessions will be useful for farmers seeking land, farmland owners seeking farmers, and those interested in new farmer and land use policy.

Second session of the series:

2. Wednesday, February 24th at 1pm EST – Establishing and Farming On a Community Land Trust

Cammie Harbottle and a group of friends started the Tatamagouche Community Land Trust on Waldegrave Farm in NS with a vision of land as a common good and in order to decrease the cost of accessing land and housing. Now Cammie runs her farm business on land leased from the Trust.

More info & registration: http://www.farmstart.ca/fvs/ or email margaret (at) farmstart.ca

Cost: $25 per session or $80 for the series of 4. Series registration deadline is Monday February 15th.
Please inquire if you are an organisation wishing to access the webinars for a group or for your members.
Recordings will only be accessible to those who register in advance


Previous session:

1. Wednesday Feb 17th at 7pm EST – Running a Herdshare on Rented Land
Blake and Angela Hall run Prairie Gold Meats outside Red Deer, AB, on rented land and are involved in an inter-generational succession plan to continue stewarding the land after the current owners retire. Holistic Management has helped Blake build the relationships necessary to access secure land tenure.

Following sessions:

3. Wednesday, March 2nd at 1pm EST - From Incubator to Farm Purchase (and all the models in between)
Genevieve Grossenbacher and Jim Thompson's Our Little Farm started in 2010 on an incubator farm just outside Gatineau, QC. They searched for the right model to buy land of their own, investigating cooperatives and the condominium act. This year, their search concluded with a farm purchase financed by the QC program FIRA (Fonds d’investissement de la relève agricole).

4. Wednesday March 9th at 7pm EST--Farming On Your Own Private Incubator Farm (or: leasing land on an established farm operation)
Jordan Marr and Vanessa Samur found their current farm lease after a cross-Canada search for opportunities. They settled at The Homestead Organic Farm in Peachland, BC, where retirement-age farmers Joe and Jess Klein were happy to make room for them in exchange for a bit of paid labour, and for the security and peace of mind that came with welcoming some new, younger, full-time residents to the property. Quite by accident, the arrangement has functioned much like a private version of the incubator farm concept. Five years into his successful veggie operation on the property, Jordan will discuss the initial land search, the structure of the arrangement, and reflect on what's required to maintain good relationships with landlords who live where you farm.

Wed, 2016/02/24 - 1:00pm