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  • Posted July 23rd, 2016

    Are you interested in becoming a smallholder and building your own home? Help the Ecological Land Co-op make it happen

    Are you interested in becoming a smallholder and building your own home? Help the Ecological Land Co-op make it happen

    If you would like to build your own home on a smallholding, and produce food, fuel and other products for your family and your local community, but can’t see any way that it could happen, then the Ecological Land Co-op want to hear from you. We intend to develop 20 new smallholdings by 2020, and obtain planning permission for people to be able to build an eco-home on their plot.

    We need to know more about what potential smallholders are looking for, so that we can help more people to return to the land and build a home (including, possibly, you) – and so we’re asking potential smallholders to complete our survey.

    Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for 2 tickets to the Oxford Real Farming Conference next January.

    About the Ecological Land Co-operative

    The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is a social enterprise providing affordable access to land for sustainable rural livelihoods via the creation of affordable low-impact smallholdings. ELC was set up in response to the fact that it is extremely difficult for people to break in to farming and rural enterprise, despite there being a host of amazing people with brilliant skills wanting to manage the land ecologically. We believe that ecological land-based livelihoods can help solve pressing environmental and social problems, and that our model can help people to access land affordably. You can find more information about our work on our website, www.ecologicalland.coop

    About this survey

    We’re conducting this survey to help us better understand the needs of potential smallholders, particularly in relation to key factors such as costs, whether rental or leasehold smallholdings would be preferred, and the size and type of smallholding envisioned.

    The survey should take around 15-20 minutes to complete


    ***IMPORTANT: Please only complete this survey if you are interested in becoming a smallholder***

    Oxford Real Farming Conference

    As a thank you for your help, we’re giving away 2 free tickets to the excellent Oxford Real Farming Conference which will take place in January 2017 – if you’d like to be included in the prize draw for the tickets please ensure you give us your email address or phone number at the end of the survey.

    The ORFC is the place to be in January when farmers, growers, doers and shakers gather in Oxford Town Hall to discuss, debate and deliberate how we can do food and farming differently – and better.

    A great opportunity to network, hear from the latest innovators in agricultrue and participate in debates.

    With many thanks for your time,

    The ELC team

    The views expressed in our blog are those of the author and not necessarily lowimpact.org's


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