FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Supporting Affordable Housing & Agriculture With the Smart Farm Project
A 2010 report issued by the Fraser Basin Council stated that, in BC, more than half our farmers are over 59, and less than five percent are younger than 34. Why are there so few young farmers? The reasons are simple. Land costs too much and farming makes too little. Across BC, this is a crisis that requires innovation from all corners.
The Smart Farm Project is a new land-use model, which increases low-footprint housing density on 5-20 acre lots outside the Agricultural Land Reserve. This helps to catalyze small farms, and provides affordable housing for the younger generation of farmers we so desperately need.
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