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Collaborative Farm Ownership with Agricola Cooperative Farm
Wednesday January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join EFAO and Ferme Agricola as we kick off our winter Land Access Series!
The Land Access Series is intended to provide practical tools and visionary ideas to support equitable access to land by farmers, while prioritizing tools and ideas that may reduce barriers for farmers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC). While the root causes of land inaccessibility must be addressed through policy and systemic approaches, EFAO recognizes that this problem is sticky and complex, and on-the-ground solutions must be found while larger scale approaches are pursued. EFAO hopes that this series can demonstrate useful models, practices, and ways of approaching land access to equip participants with new tools and resources to support their own land access journeys.
About this session: Agricola Cooperative Farm is a worker’s cooperative in Papineauville, Quebec. Founders Natalie, Heather, Caleb, and Hannahare using a collaborative model that allowed them to co-purchase farmland, and collectively manage their farm business, focussing on organic vegetables, cut flowers, and asparagus. Join Natalie and Heather from Ferme Agricola and get down and dirty with the details of their collaborative process and structures. They will share how they have structured their land access and farm business and why, and what government supports and other resources made this possible. Wherever possible, information on Ontario equivalents will be provided. This is a unique opportunity to dig into a non-traditional land ownership model AND a cooperative business model, and to take away tools, lessons learned, and other resources to support you in your own quest to access land.