Olivia Oldham, Farming for the Future
New Models for Farm Succession is new project from a consortium led by Stir to Action and Shared Assets working with family farm owners and community food initiatives to explore how family farmland can be part of long-term efforts to create more food security in the UK, through selling or transferring to local co-operatives. This new approach to succession planning focusses on the social, cultural, and financial considerations for both family farmers and community food initiatives through a series of workshops, options reports, and new financial models for land transfer. The project will:
The value of family farms is clear within our national economy and food supply, and this project will focus on ensuring financial security for retiring farmers and long-term access to farm land for community food initiatives. With a new rush to acquire land for non-farming initiatives – such as carbon offsetting and private rewilding – this pilot will support the farming community to secure a future for food production in the UK.
New Models for Farm Succession is a pilot programme to support family farm owners who are interested in retaining farmland in food production, open to a patient process of selling to a community buyer, and are ready to start succession planning over the next year*.If you’re a family farmer and interested in finding out more about our support offer, take a look at the information below and fill out our Expression of Interest form.
Are you prepared to sell farm land at a market value that allows it to remain in food production?
Are you open to a patient process that could involve a community buyer?
Are you looking to sell your farm in the next 2-7 years?
Are you ready to receive support on succession and commit further time to the planning process?
Can you be available for a series of short interviews, diagnostic sessions, and work with our team on an options report, which will outline your potential sale scenarios?
Do you have support and or interest from family and farm business members to engage in this work, and are you prepared to involve them in decisions and discussions about the sale or transfer of farm land?
A bespoke 'options' reports for family farms
We will work with you to create an options report for your future farm sale.
A participation budget
We can offer up to £500 stipend for participation in our sessions.
A diagnostic workshop
We will use a diagnostic session to focus on the particular financial and legal needs of your potential farm sale.
We will host a residential session for five family farm owners to further work on your succession planning and to share experiences.
We will host a residential workshop where you can engage potential community buyers and explore how to make the process work for both parties.
We’ll work with financial specialists to create a bespoke financial model for your farm. You’ll also receive training on how to use the model from our finance partner.
Roughly 12 days of time over 12 months/ or from May to October 2022
1 day a month on average
Some activities will require consecutive days of time (eg events)
This is a two-stage application process, starting with a simple Expression of Interest to register with our team. Fill out the form below , then we follow up with more information about the second stage.Express Interest
New Models for Farm Succession is a pilot programme to support linkages between family farm owners who are interested in retaining farmland in food production and community groups who are looking to buy land to produce food*.
If you’re a community group and interested in finding out more about our support offer, take a look at the information below and fill out our Expression of Interest form.
*There is no obligation to buy land as part of this process.
Please note, this is an exploratory process and it is highly unlikely that it will end up with you actually purchasing land as we are unlikely to match potential buyers and sellers geographically. However, it will give you a viable model which you can share with local farmers who may be looking at their own succession plans.
Are you prepared to create or improve a business plan that includes or could include bringing land into community ownership to produce food for the community?
Are you incorporated as a community business, or will you be by September 2022?
Are you prepared to raise finance to buy farm land?
Are you looking to buy land in the next 2-7 years?
Will you be ready to receive support on community purchase and commit further time to the planning process from September 2022?
Do you have support and or interest from the rest of the group/community/cooperative to engage in this work, and are you prepared to involve them in decisions and discussions about the purchase and management of farm land?
We're still in the process of designing the programming for community food initiatives. Registration for the programme will be open from around mid June.
We will pay you a stipend to cover your time to join roundtable discussions, workshops and other research.
This is a loose term designed to capture several different perspectives. We’re keen to work with you if you are part of a group or organistion that includes (but not limited to):
An interest group that is unincorporated (a community of interest, geography, practice or identity)
Anyone looking for land for agroecological commercial farming who has an interest or is actively involved in a purpose driven venture.
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