Small Farms and Land Access: Farm Dreams Deferred

Just Food: Episode 4, Season 2

Release Date: May 31, 2018

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Small farms currently supply more than 80% of food in the U.S. The USDA recently stated that half of the more than 2 million farms in the U.S. generate less than $10,000 worth of crops and livestock in a year. The movement toward growing at least some of one’s own food, and to source food from small organic farms is growing rapidly. Farmland prices have doubled since 2004, and large-scale agricultural businesses are rushing to purchase farmland nationwide

70% of U.S farmland is expected to transition to another owner over the next 20 years. Will our food sources survive the pinch?

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 Coby McDonald. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.