Blog Category: Surveys


Posted by Darcy Smith on March 01, 2018

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Are you a farmer leasing ALR land? Have you come up against any challenges around housing regulations, taxation issues, or agricultural status? Are there ways you hope to see the ALR work better for you as a farm operator? Currently there is a review underway of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to enable B.C. farmers, farmland owners and the public to have an opportunity to have their voices heard this spring, and help revitalize the ALR. The ALR has two main mandates: protect farmland and promote farming. This review is framed by the Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, to review … Continue reading ALR REVITALIZATION

2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 10, 2017

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Farm data nerds, the day is finally here! Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture results have arrived—along with some interesting shifts in the sector. Here are some highlights of the good, the bad, and the promising: Farmers are getting older—and younger Farmers 55+ is the fastest growing age group, with the average national age of operators edging up from 54 in 2011 to 55. This trend parallels the general population. On the other hand, this year we saw an increase in the number of farm operators under 35. This is the first time there has been an increase in farmers under 35 since … Continue reading 2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Study of CSA Farmers Across Canada, University of Guelph

Posted by Moss Dance on April 29, 2016

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Note: The University of Guelph is undertaking a study of CSAs across Canada. If you would like to participate in this study by completing a survey, you can contact Dr John Devlin (details below) and he will send you a unique link to a survey. It will take about 30mins. The results of this research will be a great resource for CSA farmers who are usually all about innovation, collaboration and adaptability! Dear CSA Farmer: We are researchers from the Rural Planning and Development program at the  University of Guelph inviting you to participate in a study on CSAs across Canada. The purpose of … Continue reading Study of CSA Farmers Across Canada, University of Guelph

New Farmer Survey: reminder and more on sweet prizes!

Posted by Virginie Lavallée-Picard on March 02, 2015


Calling all farmers and friends of farmers! If you are currently farming, want to be a farmer, or have recently exited farming, we need to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to support the next generation of farmers in Canada: The National New Farmer Coalition and the University of Manitoba have put together this survey to assess the needs of new farmers in Canada where it concerns policy and educational opportunities. The results from this survey will be used to develop a National New Farmer Policy Platform that we aim to share with … Continue reading New Farmer Survey: reminder and more on sweet prizes!

The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!

Posted by Ayla Fenton on February 24, 2015


Originally posted at It should not come as a surprise that Canadian agriculture is facing a demographic crisis. In the 1930s, over thirty percent of the population was involved in food production. Today, farmers represent only 1.6 percent of the population and have an average age of 54. In 1991, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 was 80,000 – now it is less than 25,000. The National New Farmer Coalition is a farmer-driven grassroots initiative created in 2014. Our aim is to promote government policies that will reverse these trends and allow new farmers to … Continue reading The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!

Planning for Farmland Access in BC – Vancouver Presentation & Webinar

Posted by dennisjdennis on March 08, 2014

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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

Northern BC New and Young Farmer Research

Posted by Mike Dewar on November 28, 2013 2 Comments


Seeking farmers 55 years of age and younger who have farmed along northern BC’s Highway 16 corridor for 10 years or less to participate in research on farmers’ motivations. UNBC graduate student, Mike Dewar is conducting research on the motivations and success of new and young farmers and ranchers in Northern BC’s Highway 16 Corridor.  He is currently seeking potential research participants. The investigation will examine new and young farmers’ motivations focusing on farmers’ goals, resources, and practices that facilitate success. It is anticipated that results will benefit active and potential new and young regional farmers as well as regional … Continue reading Northern BC New and Young Farmer Research

Want Land? Tell Us About It!

Posted by dennisjdennis on July 12, 2013 2 Comments


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!