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WATCH THE VIDEO: SCALING UP NEXT GENERATION FARMING IN ATLANTA AND BEYOND

Farmers at Love is Love Cooperative Farm in Mansfield, Georgia. Photo by Addison Hill.

By The Conservation Fund

Did you know over 40% of farmland in the U.S. is rented? In a survey by the National Young Farmers Coalition, young farmers reported that buying affordable farmland is their top challenge in 2022. Farmland has become an attractive asset for national and international investors, driving the national average of farmland value up 12.4% in the past year. This challenge is even more pronounced in metro areas like Atlanta where farmers are fighting increased urban sprawl and immense development pressure.

So how do we help aspiring and next generation farmers gain access and ownership to affordable farmland? One solution that took root in Atlanta and is expanding to other cities is The Conservation Fund’s Working Farms Fund program. Recently featured in Forbes and other news sources, the Working Farms Fund is helping get farmers on a path towards land ownership and is ensuring sustainable food production for local communities around Atlanta, Chicago and more metro areas in the works in the coming years.

Watch our newest video about the Working Farms Fund in Atlanta below!

 

You can also visit our website to learn more here.

 

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