New futures in farmland ownership

02 July 2013 10:00 - 02 July 2013 17:00

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
The Soil Association and Biodynamic Land Trust are working with the Community Land Advisory Service to host an event on ‘New futures in farmland ownership’. 

The day will look at farmland ownership, how we can make it stack up economically and how communities in France have taken real ownership of their land and food supply through the work of Terre de liens.
 
This event is part of an EU wide project on access to land for sustainable farming and will include participants from across Europe with stories to share about sustainable management of agricultural land.
 
The morning will be led by Soil Association Land Trust trustee David Riddle who will take us through some of the issues of farmland ownership, getting us to think in terms of its assets and liabilities, opportunities and constraints. We will use the Land Trust’s farms and other participants’ case studies to think about how to optimise our natural resources and economic assets.
 
In the afternoon we will hear from Terre de liens, the phenomenal story of how a civil society organisation set up to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing land, has raised €22.5million and acquired more than 100 organic and biodynamic farm in the past 6 years. Founder Sjoerd Wartena will talk about their experiences of setting up a national farmland ownership body in France.
 
There will be time at the end to think about how we can move forward in the UK to ensure more land is available for sustainable food production. 
 
This event is open to all and will be particularly relevant for non-profit landowners, community growers and new farmers seeking to buy land and organisations interested in improving access to land.
 
The event is free with lunch provided at £6/head. Booking essential, bring cash on the day.
 
Contact Rachel Harries to book your place. rharries@soilassociation.org
 
Please indicate if you would like lunch and any special dietary requirements.
 
For more information about Terre de liens, please click here.



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