We are very excited to announce ELC's collaboration with two great Scottish organisations who want to help new entrants in their nation to access affordable land for agroecological small farms.
Over the coming year, ELC will share with the Scottish Farm Land Trust (SFLT), based in Edinburgh, the hard-won knowledge we've acquired since 2007 of subjects like land purchase, community consultation, planning and farmer recruitment. This will help SFLT put the finishing touches to their business model and bring them to the point where they can buy their first plot of land with funds from a community share issue they're planning with Community Shares Scotland to take place in 2021. The collaboration work will be led by Zoe Wangler and Sonia Sinanan of ELC, Roz Corbett of SFLT and Lynn Molleson of Community Shares Scotland and has been made possible by a grant of £22,541 agreed by Farming the Future in October.
On a different tack, ELC is regularly approached for advice by community organisations and cooperatives keen to buy a piece of land for agro-ecological purposes, but who don't know where to start. We've never previously had the resource to advise them, but during 2021, the funding will also allow ELC to better assist them: we'll be providing an online toolkit, guidance and webinars. Watch this space!