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Consultation on Changes to the ALR – Opportunity to Provide Your Input by August 22

Posted by dennisjdennis on August 18, 2014

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Public input on changes to the ALR closes on August 22 – only 4 more days to provide your feedback to the government. The whole process around Bill 24 has been highly problematic, yet I encourage everyone to take the time to voice your opinion!!! The online input form can be accessed here. The BC Food Systems Network released a document with their answers to the public input questions which is a great guide to better understanding the intricacies of what is being asked.  Whether you take the same position as the BCFSN or not, it is a useful read … Continue reading Consultation on Changes to the ALR – Opportunity to Provide Your Input by August 22

Notes from OUR LAND: A symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century – Part I

Posted by dennisjdennis on May 07, 2014

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“If there is a fight of our times it is a struggle over land.” – Anuradha Mittal This quote comes from the opening talk by Anuradha Mittal at OUR LAND: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century. I had the opportunity to attend this two day symposium which brought scholars and community organizers together to create dialogue and advance solutions for addressing farmland access. The symposium was hosted by the Agrarian Trust, an organization initiated in 2013 in response to the growing land access challenges faced by beginning farmers across the United States. The mission of the Agrarian … Continue reading Notes from OUR LAND: A symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century – Part I

Planning for Farmland Access in BC – Vancouver Presentation & Webinar

Posted by dennisjdennis on March 08, 2014

Dennis presenting at the  Community Farms Roundtable (photo credit Michael Marrapese).

What: Webinar and In-Person Presentation and Discussion When: March 19, 2014 Time: 9:00am – 10:30am (presentation from 9:00 – 9:45, discussion from 9:45 – 10:30) Where: MacMillan 350 UBC Vancouver or Remotely via Webinar Please join myself and Dr. Hannah Wittman for a presentation and discussion of preliminary findings from our research on farmland demand and mechanisms of farmland access in British Columbia. The presentation will include results from a survey of prospective and beginning farmers focusing on land access and opportunities and challenges faced by beginning farmers. We will also present findings from interview and community-based research on alternative … Continue reading Planning for Farmland Access in BC – Vancouver Presentation & Webinar

2014 Community Farms Roundtable – Vancouver Island!

Posted by dennisjdennis on January 27, 2014 2 Comments

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Farm Folk City Folk’s Community Farms Program (CFP) is pleased to be hosting the 6th Community Farms Roundtable this February 20 and 21 at O.U.R. Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake.  The goals of the CFP are to support the establishment of alternative forms of land ownership, to ensure our agricultural lands remain in production in perpetuity, and to advance sustainable models of farmland access, governance and production. The purpose of the Roundtables is to bring community farmers together to explore common ground and mutual challenges, build links with new and existing community farms, and to share inspiration, information, and ideas for … Continue reading 2014 Community Farms Roundtable – Vancouver Island!

Want Land? Tell Us About It!

Posted by dennisjdennis on July 12, 2013 2 Comments

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Dennis J. Dennis is a Masters Candidate at UBC Land & Food Systems. We are so excited about the farmland demand survey that Dennis is working on! Please fill out the survey and help us get a better grasp of who is looking for land. I am carrying out a survey on barriers faced by beginning and young farmers and on farmland access arrangements. The survey is part of my master’s thesis research on land access issues and on the potential for alternative land tenure models (ex. community farms, cooperatives, farmland trusts) to address these challenges.  I have been working … Continue reading Want Land? Tell Us About It!