Access to Land Network
The Soil Association is a key member of the Access to land network which brings together grassroots organisations from across Europe to share experiences and promote the significance of access to land for agroecological and organic farming. Established in 2012, it functions as an informal network of about 15 organisations.
Our aims are to share experiences, ideas and practical tools to support farmers in accessing land and engaging in good land stewardship. We work to connect existing grassroots initiatives and support the emergence of new ones to raise awareness of land issues, land as commons, farm succession and creating opportunities for new entrants to farming.
The Land for our Food
The Network have produced a 35 minute movie documentary which follows Gavin Bridger, a British grower who was forced off his land. Follow his journey across Europe where he meets the people fighting to save land for food production.
Our members are field-based organisations from a range of Western and Eastern European countries. Some are focused on land while others have a broader scope. All are directly working with farmers and communities, and consider land as a common good.
- Regionalwert AG, Germany,
- AIAB - Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica, Italy
- Eco Ruralis, Romania
- Real Farming Trust, UK
- Rurbans/School of Shepherds
- Soil Association
- Terre-en-vue, Belgium
- Terre de liens, France
- Xarxa de la Custodia, Catalonia
Visit the Access to Land Network website for campaigns, reports more about members.
My problem, losing access to our fields, is not unique. Growers and farmers are facing the challenges of accessing land across the whole of Europe. Creating this film has given me great hope. I met people and organisations that are helping solve this fundamental problem to our food systems, which in term is paramount to the diversity of cultures across the continent.Farmer and film maker