Saving Farmland

When Nathalie Chambers and her husband, David, first took over Madrona Farm, 27 acres on southern Vancouver Island with a deep history, they never thought their small-scale agricultural business would blossom into an international political act. As pressures from heirs, land developers and industrial farmers grew alongside their rows of organically produced food, the Chambers took action. Considered by many to be revolutionary and by some to be rebellious, their story opened many eyes to the future of food.

Saving Farmland introduces readers to stories of lost farmland and bees saving lives. It shows how sustainability, ecosystems and biodiversity transcend the paradox of our own, man-made losses. Saving Farmland describes overcoming obstacles, choosing models, identifying vital farmland, building community and fundraising. Concluding stories of commonly shared land, international trusts, regained farmland and several heroes provide ongoing inspiration.

This practical book teems with fascinating history and facts. Saving Farmland will help us all support local farming and sustainable land development so we can indulge in good eating—forever.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Saving Farmland 1
Contents 6
Foreword 8
Preface 12
Introduction 16
Part One: Understand the Issues 20
One: Hear the Stories 22
Two: Welcome the Bees 60
Three: Taste the Connections 82
Four: Embrace Ecosystems 98
Five: Encourage Biodiversity 116
Six: Transcend the Paradox 140
Part Two: Take Action 146
Seven: Overcome the Obstacles 148
Eight: Choose a Model 176
Nine: Identify Vital Farmland 202
Ten: Build Community 210
Eleven: Fundraise, Fundraise, Fundraise 226
Part Three: Keep It Up 250
Twelve: Trust the Commons 252
Thirteen: Share Mutual Success 266
Fourteen: Keep Surging Forward 276
Acknowledgements 298
Select Bibliography 304
Notes 308