The Community Farms Program brings landowners, farmers, and local communities together to form Community Farms. This program was co-founded by The Land Conservancy and FarmFolk/CityFolk and is administered by FarmFolk/CityFolk.
The primary focus of a Community Farm is local food production using sustainable agricultural practices. A community group or co-operative governs the land use agreements, and agricultural uses of the land are shared by a community of farmers. Land holders, land managers, and farmers work together by mutual agreement. Farmers are housed on or near the land. The land is held “in trust” for the community.
The goal of the Community Farms Program is to actively secure farmland for present and future food production. The program does this by:
- Facilitating farmland securement for local food production
- Helping new farmers access affordable land
- Providing an information hub of farm-related governance models, best practices, management tools, and training
- Assisting a network of farmers, landowners, local communities, and resources to support community farm development in B.C.
There are currently more than 20 farms in B.C. that have experience and knowledge in sustainable farming practices and sharing land. Farms that are both TLC Conservation Partners and Community Farms are Haliburton Community Organic Farm, Linneae Farm, Fraser Common Farm Cooperative, Glen Valley Organic Farm and Horse Lake Community Farm Co-operative/CEEDS.