Small Farms and Land Access: Farm Dreams Deferred

Just Food: Episode 4, Season 2

Release Date: May 31, 2018

A written transcript of the story can be found here.

Farmland prices have doubled since 2004. Seventy percent of U.S. farmland is expected to transition to another owner over the next 20 years. Many new farmers and small farmers rent land like other folks rent homes. What happens when their landlord doesn’t renew the lease after a season? How can new and aspiring farmers gain access to land they can control long-term for farming? Will new farmers survive the pinch? We delve into these issues and more.

This episode features:

  • Adam Calo, PhD, Graduate Researcher, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • Mai Nguyen, small food-to-table farmer, farm historian, former UC Berkeley climate and soil scientist

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This podcast was produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism. Producer is Graelyn Brashear. Program developed by Edmond M. Allmond. Field reporter is Muna Danish. Editing from Ben Manilla. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.