This online discussion circle was about sharing information and inspiration on the topic of access to land. In the Netherlands the prices for buying land are very high (60.000 – 100.000 euros a hectare) so for most new entrants that is not an option. So several models of landowners and farmers working together were discussed.
Besides the more conventional types of renting land there are other models of access to land without buying. These other types can be very interesting for new entrants and we are going to look in more detail into the possibilities of several models of landowners and farmers working together. These models are:
- Low rent in the beginning, more rent when your business gets more profits
- Working together with an existing farmer
- Starting a new business together
This research will result in a publication for new entrants.
Photo credits: Dick Boschloo en Jaap van Westering
Growing model at a landlord: Eyckenstein estate and horticulture
A company within a company: Ekoboerderij de Lingehof and horticultural de Stroom
Doing business together: Coed Coch Farm (Wales)