After a bit of a haul, Ryan Galt and I are pleased to announce that the Journal of Agriculture Food Systems and Community Development just published a paper based in large part on my masters thesis work.
This paper examines relationships between beginner farmers and land trusts in coastal California. Set within the context of land consolidation in agriculture and increasing land values, some beginner farmers have created innovative land tenure relationships with land trusts in order to gain access to affordable farmland. To examine the relationships between land trusts and beginning farmers, we ask: how do conservation land trusts and agricultural land trusts view their mission in relation the intersection of conservation and agriculture? Findings suggest there is a spectrum of positions that conservation and agricultural land trusts have taken in regards to the coexistence of agriculture and conservation on their land. The increasingly popular concepts found within the local food movement may be influencing a shift in the portrayal of land trust position and mission. However, differences between how land trusts act internally and how they portray themselves publicly emerged in farmer interviews. While there may be great deal of potential for land trusts to work with beginner farmers and thereby connect a new swath of the public to conservation through agriculture, both land trusts and beginner farmers need to wade carefully into relatively uncharted waters.
Please peruse via the JAFSCD website.
Last week, that guide was born! You can check out a free downloadable copy from Farmlink’s website.
Primarily the guide focuses on the legalities of farm apprenticeships on small farms in California. It gives suggestions on the differentiations between apprentice, intern, and employee, and lays out all the major regulations governing labor that farmers should be considering when creating work opportunities on their farm.
Please read and share widely!
An encouragement for you all to check out my new digs!
I’ve recently been hired on in the Policy Department at CCOF: California Certified Organic Farmers, the nations’ oldest (and largest) certification agency. I’ll be working directly with farmer/members though their decentralized democratic decision making process (!), planning educational events, and advocating for organic farmers at the state and national level.
Check out our policy blog here!
For those of you who lost track of what exactly is happening with the Farm Bill the California Food and Justice Coalition put together a rockin’ graphic to show us just how different, convoluted, and downright messy the process has been. Fundamentally, the inability of congress to pass anything comprehensive over the last 4 years has been no different with this gargantuan piece of legislation- which holds the power to significantly alter the course of our nation’s food system. Check out this timeline below and arm yourself with the information necessary to participate in the national conversation.
Last weekend I went seafood foraging on the north coast with my good friend T. Perkins. Together with 20 other persons, young and old, and in the spirit of adventure, we plundered our coasts’ native wilds.
Tasting our way through the tide pools.
Scavenging our way out to the sea.
We slurped urchins and flipped limpets into our bags.
Then- feast of feasts. Mussels and wine. Mollusk wontons. Top it off with seaweed salad.
Hurrah for the coast of California and the natural abundance that blesses us.
Thanks to Santa Cruz Parks and Rec and the folks at Adventure Sports for putting on the day!