Models & Case Studies of Alternative Access

Research into the different models of alternative farmland access in British Columbia has found that there are a wide diversity of models and mechanism being used to access farmland through non-traditional means.  In an effort to classify and characterize these models a typology of alternative farmland access has been developed and is displayed below.  The typology involves four categories which are interconnected with one another and are listed below.  The elements listed in each category can be combined in any number of ways and all these different combinations constitute the diversity of alternative land ownership, access and management that is being put into practice in British Columbia for various reasons. To read about the methodology used in developing this typology and associated analysis of alternative farmland access models in British Columbia please visit our research methods section.

  1. Land ownership refers to who and how the land is owned.
  2. Land access refers to the agreement through which the land is made accessible to farmers and other users.
  3. Land management/operating arrangements refers to the governance structures in place for managing land use and for the management of the farming operation(s) on the land.
  4. Primary purpose refers to the main intent for which the land base is being held and managed.

    Land Access Typology V2


To learn more about alternative farmland access models please click on the category that you are interested in.  The category or mechanism that you select will be explained and case studies from British Columbia will be provided to illustrate how this particular mechanism is being employed in practice. Where applicable reports and resources are also provided specific to the land access model or mechanism.

Alternative Ownership:

Public Land

Land Trust

Non-Profit Society

Cooperative Land Ownership