The Future Farmers Movement and its Dutch partner organisation Toekomstboeren present it selves at the Farm Experience Internship (FEI), an agroecological summer course initiated by students. We had the opportunity to get in contact with enthusiastic young people that had spent 2 weeks at a farm in the Netherlands as part of FEI’s programme. Two questions were addressed aiming at specific, practical actions: “How would you support your farmer?” and “How Future Farmers Movement/Toekomstboeren can support your farmer?”. Many ideas for different actions germinated! Some of them can be implemented in the short term and some in the long term and some by individuals while other need a collective more organised action. Have a look below and get inspired! Maybe you can start the short term individual actions from tomorrow or even better from today?
On the 20th of March, the Future Farmers Movement is co-organising a workshop session with the theme “New farmer searches for land”. Getting access to land is a critical for young people to be able to start a farm. For a new farmer, the land not just needs to be available, but it also needs to be affordable! Within this session we will speak with several farmers and discuss how they managed to get their land. Often they use new and innovative models with involvement of the consumer.
Within the workshop we will also hear from “Landgilde”, an organization that couples starting farmers with older farmers, and helps with the process of handing over the farm. Furthermore Stichting BD-grondbeheer, and de nieuwe rentmeester will explain how their model could support new farming initiatives.
The workshop will be co-organised with Brabantse Milieu Federatie. It will be part of the Bodem Anders! conferentie on the 19th and 20th of March in Den Bosch. In this two days you will experience different aspects of sustainable soil management. From soil life and permaculture till precision agriculture, agroecology and the role of consumers. John D. Liu will give a key note speech about ecological restoration and the film Bodemboeren will be screened.
The workshop session as well as the largest part of Bodem Anders will be in Dutch. Here you can find the full program.
Last week our Spanish partner Soberania Alimentaria launched a new project: La Revuelta al Campo. They created a series of videos about young people that wanted to start a life on the countryside based on activities agriculture, livestock or food production. With the Future Farmers Movement we translate the videos into English and help distributing them!
La Revuelta al Campo portraits in 15 short films how young people are living from land on the Spanish countryside. More and more people in Spain think about starting a life as a farmer, to take sustainable food production in their own hands and supply their products to the local community. However, this is not always easy. These films give lots of inspiration to young people that think of moving to the countryside.
The first film that we subtitled is about Miguel Angel Martinez Diez (28). In the area Rioja, he started cultivating grapes, fruits and vegetables on the 8 hectare family farm of his grandparents. The grapes are dried into raisins and are used to produce a local type of wine: Supurao.
So all-inn! Dive into the pool. You only regret what you have not done!
Watch the film here. Click on cc in Vimeo to get the english subtitles!