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Vol.103 Issue 11
by TAMARA LEIGH
by TAMARA LEIGH
KELOWNA – FarmFolk/ CityFolk’s Foodlands Trust project has taken another significant step forward with the formal registration and approval of the Foodlands Co-
“We have registered the trust as a co-
The Foodlands Cooperative is the culmination of the experience gathered by Heather Pritchard from FarmFolk CityFolk and Hanna Whitman from UBC Centre for Sustainable Farming over a decade of working with community farms.
“In our experience and research, we found the biggest barriers to new farmers is not so much that there wasn’t the land but that they didn’t have security on it,” says Pritchard.
“It’s very difficult, if land is privately owned, for people to have long-
That vision drove the development of the Foodlands Trust, first as an initiative of FarmFolk CityFolk, and now as a co-
The new structure doesn’t change the trust’s objectives: working to secure, protect and steward land for the promotion of sustainable agriculture and local food production while recognizing, respecting and including Indigenous food systems.
However, the new structure allows the organization to hold lands in trust, with the vision of having locally based organizations or co-
Ceres Circle Farm, a 36.8-
“Preserving farmland is very important and I don't feel the ALR has been sufficient to do that. A lot of land has been removed from the reserve, particularly in Central Okanagan. There's also quite a lot of land in the reserve in this area that is not being farmed,” says Sue Haley, who raised sheep organically on Ceres Circle Farm until last spring. “I wanted to try and make it possible for people to keep farming on this piece of land that I've had in my possession for a long time.”
“Basically, I think this is an important gap that the Foodlands Co-