Access To Land

Acquisition of farm land and farm buildings

Agricultural land in Europe is under pressure. Not only does input-based industrial agriculture threaten the environment, the climate and the quality of European agricultural soils, this exhaustive form of agriculture also prevents farmers from earning a decent income and reduces the quality of life in the countryside because of the limited job creation and the marketing via long supply chains. In addition, in various places in Europe, a process of land concentration is underway reducing the chances of land being used for truly sustainable, regenerative agriculture.

We started the reflection in the frame of a webinar series with a first insight into approaches and expertise of some of the Access to land network’s partners how to buy farm land and farm buildings to support agroecological farming. It demonstrates some of the ways in which other organisations are connecting farmers and land, how they are setting up agreements and building respectful relationships with land managers. It also raises awareness of the possible legislation that need to be dealt with.

The topic of acquisition of farm land and farm buildings will need further investigation across Europe. You are welcome to join this discussion.

Published: 07/2021
Format: video
Language: English

 The process of buying farmland: dos and don’ts (webinar, 88min)
 The Process of buying farm buildings (webinar, 118min)
 How To Deal With Farmland/Farm Building Donations? (webinar, 112min)

Scope of the initiative:: Single farm or site ; Regional ; National ; Local ; International

Types of activities: Land stewardship ; Support for farmers ; Policy/ advocacy ; Ethical finance ; Land acquisition/ ownership ; Public education ; Farming ; Awareness raising ; New entrants

Types of agriculture: CSA, AMAP, consumers co-operative ; Local supply chains ; Organic ; Peasant ; Biodynamic

Types of agricultural activities: Agriculture (plants) ; Mixed farming ; Breeding (animals)

Types of landowners: Other Land Trusts ; Ethical companies ; Other non-profit organisations ; Churches ; Public owners ; Private owners ; Commons ; Other ; Community Farm Land Trusts

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