Our aim is to give a voice to the family farmers, to tell their stories through social media, and to share lessons of their experiences through familiar platforms.

We will provide a space to record sustainable small scale farmers stories to share with the emerging generation of farmers. Their stories will be recognised and their knowledge shared through Podcasts, Video, Blogs and downloadable tutorials that the next generation of farmers of the Global North and South can easily access.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Buildings and construction, Education

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Budget
180000 US$

Start date
01/07/2019

End date
30/06/2020

Shared by

Geoff Green

Director

Green Acre Living

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Objectives

The primary objectives of this initiative are to
1) Promote broad based awareness of the role of small scale farmers in sustainable food systems,
2) Tell the stories of sustainable family farmers so that emerging farmers can learn the lessons of those that have gone before them and
3) Establish an online repository of tutorials to cover all aspects of sustainable farming including livestock and field crops as well as access to, and participation in, policy development.

Objective One: Promote broad based awareness of the role of small scale farmers in sustainable food systems.

Consumers in markets that consume the most are generally unaware of the volumes of food that are produced by small scale farmers. These farms are often family owned and run and manage to rely on ancient ecologically sound production methods to feed local communities.

Objective Two: Tell the stories of sustainable family farmers so that emerging farmers can learn the lessons of those that have gone before them.

Farmers stories were often widely shared in the past. Included in those stories are lessons of our relationship with the soils, water and climate as well as the farmers role in family and indeed the communities cohesion. These stories need to be widely shared once again.


Objective Three: Establish an online repository of tutorials to cover all aspects of sustainable farming including livestock and field crops as well as access to, and participation in, policy development.

Their is a vast accumulation of knowledge held by small scale farmers. knowledge that was once freely shared with neighbours and the next generation of farmers. This knowledge is being lost in tandem with an ageing farmer population further compromised by the increasing disconnect between people and the source of their food. An online library of how to raise and grow food will be of benefit to farmers and consumers alike.

Our overall objective to to reestablish the connection between consumers and the farmers, between generations of farmers and generally between people that consume without thought of the origins of food and those that are ultimately the guardians of our global ecology.

This knowledge, freely shared will contribute to greater awareness of food systems while encouraging the development of sustainable farm practices and land custodianship that is complimentary to the environment.

Activities

Development of a website to host all social media components.
Establishment of sustainable food communities that will commit to formulating an action plan for sustainable family farms in their region.
Recording and publishing of podcasts
Recording and publishing tutorials that facilitate the implementation of sustainable food production systems.

Impact and Results

The program objectives have to date been undertaken through face to face meetings and the facilitation of interaction between consumers and small scale farmers. The reaction to these meetings, from all sides, encouraged us to examine a way to expand the process.

We have found that those farmers that are closely aligned with traditional farming practices, especially when those practices are grounded in indigenous knowledge systems, are very free with the sharing of production methodologies and land custodianship philosophies. Our challenge now is to make this knowledge known to an even wider audience.

A series of shareable video's, printed tutorials and shared online calls were very well received by especially these that identified as emerging farmers, (young farmers as well as traditional farmers). Lessons learned from these interactions were eagerly implemented and in some cases food communities were spontaneously formed following interventions. It was the outcomes from this activity that inspired the creation of an online social media based platform that could be used to reach an even wider audience.

We anticipate that through this project we can encourage the development of up to 100 regional action plans globally for the establishment of sustainable farming communities as well as the development of entire sustainable food systems. In addition we aim to share interviews and profiles of multiple farmers representing multiple ecologies from around the world to motivate, teach and inspire the next generation of small scale sustainable family farmers.

Next steps and how to get involved

1) Individual farmers or groups of farmers that subscribe to the ideals of sustainable family farms that grow good clean and fair food can contact us directly through the Green Acre Living website.

2) Farmers and/or elders that are custodians of indigenous knowledge systems who would like to share their knowledge can contact us through the Green Acre Living website.

3) Farmers with stories to share are always welcome to contact us.

4) People that are willing to drive the process of achieving this projects objectives for a specific region are encouraged to contact us through the website.

5) Specialists in fields aligned with activities related to sustainable food systems and indigenous knowledge systems are welcome to contact us through the website.