Land Transfer Legal Literacy Project

The Legal implications of agricultural land transfer are currently not widely understood by many landowners, community organizations working on land access and food security, and the general public in British Columbia.  The Foodlands team is currently hard at work implementing the Land Transfer Legal Literacy Project. The broad goal of the project is to engage legal expertise to determine the...
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You’ll Need A Plan

Often, when seeking advice, the first thing a new farmer hears is, “you need a business plan”. A business plan will lay the foundation for a successful farming operation: what to grow, how much to charge, how to market and distribute the product and who will buy it, and, perhaps most critically, how to manage cash flow when so much of your labour costs are up front. A business plan is only one...
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Foodlands AGM, brought to you by Zoom.

On April 29th, 2020, through the magic of internet technology, members of the Foodlands Cooperative of BC came together from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Interior to remember the past year, say goodbye to outgoing Board members and welcome new ones. From my comfortable oversized armchair, I, like many others (isolated and working from home), are zooming all over the country....
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All Feet In!

January 11,2019 — A Coop Planning Session at Ceres Circle Farm Cooperative. Over the weekend Coop board members, farm residents and community members met for a day-long planning session and supper for brainstorming and visioning. Setting up and operating a farm cooperative that includes housing for residents and cooperative businesses that may include community members involves a lot of careful...
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Young Agrarians @ Lohbrunner Farm

The Young Agrarians organized a social mixer at Lobhrunner Community Farm Cooperative on September 17, 2017. Though it was a dark and rainy day we managed to squeeze in a tour of the farm and get some weeding done in the blueberry patch without getting too wet. Diana Brubaker conducted the tour and answered a lot of questions about organizing a cooperative, farming on shared land, and the...
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Culinary Students Dig In!

On their May 26 work day, Lohbrunner Farm Cooperative had some special visitors to help get the crop in the ground. Students from the Royal Bay Secondary Culinary Program came out with their instructor Rowan Bezeau to visit the farm and get their hands dirty. Students helped start new plants from seed, dug in potatoes and transplants in the field, and learned about the importance of pollinators...
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Our Farmer Moves In!

One of the goals of Lohbrunner Community Farm Cooperative is to address the prohibitive cost of farmland for new entrants to farming. When Norma Lobhrunner passed away she left the old farm house unoccupied. The Coop saw this as a perfect opportunity to get a young farmer on the land. Working with the Young Agrarians Land Matching program the Coop sought a young farmer with some farming...
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The Foodlands Cooperative of BC

The Foodlands Cooperative of BC is at the forefront of encouraging alternative forms of land ownership to ensure our agricultural lands remain in production in perpetuity. We help landowners, farmers, and local communities develop and support community farm models, conserve farmland, and build healthy, local food systems. We facilitate land transfers and estate planning and and help farmers...
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Lohbrunner Farm Saved!

Langford, Vancouver Island, BC Vancouver, BC – The Supreme Court of British Columbia has approved the transfer of Lohbrunner Farm from The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) to FarmFolk CityFolk. Since 2013 TLC has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) which required the sale of some of its holding to pay creditors. Earlier this year FarmFolk CityFolk began...
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