The Landworkers' Alliance have produced five short films on the multiple benefits of small scale farming!
To watch the films.
The short films contain interviews with small scale farmers from across England discussing the multi-functional benefits of small scale farming including: agroecological practices, the financial viability of small scale farming, the importance of short supply chains, the value of small farms for local employment and community cohesion, as well as some of the biggest barriers and challenges small scale farmers face today.
The first in the series is 'Productivity':
Small farms are often seen as “hobby” farms or only able to produce small amounts of high value goods for “niche” markets. Yet many are producing high yields of vegetables or a diversity of products, and feeding significant numbers of people from a small area of land. The “A Matter of Scale” survey showed that small-scale, agrocological farms were producing higher than average yields compared to standard non-organic farms for vegetables that require hand picking or other labour intensive processes, while an average of 3.3 enterprises were operated per farm. The farms in this film demonstrate how integrated enterprises, wise combination of machinery and hand labour, and good system design lead to high productivity.
The films go alongside the publication 'A Matter of Scale': a Landworkers' Alliance research report into the productivity of small farms. The report finds small scale farming to be a productive, diverse and dynamic sector attracting a new generation to agriculture.
To read the report click here:
To read more about Landworkers' Alliance positions and download Making Food Sovereignty a Reality: Recommendations for Post-Brexit Agriculture Policy click here: