Three local organic farmers all find ways to keep food and farm growing despite the cost of land.
Our B.C. food system is in trouble. The people who grow our food — our farmers — can't afford the land that they rely on to grow our food. A lifetime of earnings from the farm isn't enough to pay for the outrageous cost of farmland. More than half have second jobs and many more rely on income from their spouses to get by.
Our story follows three farmers who each have unique ways of getting around the cost of land. One talks his way into cheap land by being a good neighbour. Another is the beneficiary of a charitable land trust. A third was lucky enough to inherit their land. In their own ways, each farmer is beating the odds that are stacked steeply against them.
We are Devon, Alicia, and David, three ambitious creators with an interest in our food supply. We want to take a curious and in-depth look at how land prices affect our local farmers. We are looking to connect with farm-to-table advocacy groups.