Farmland Legacies is a registered non-profit charity, which holds agricultural land in trust and works to promote and communicate sustainable values. Created by the energy and generosity of some of Saskatchewan's earliest farmers, Farmland Legacies pioneers the concept of setting land aside for the common good. Thanks to the generosity of the Gillis family in the Wynyard district, Farmland Legacies now has its permanent home near the largest single land base in its holdings. The organization looks forward to an exciting year ahead as it expands its presence on the prairies.
Farmland Legacies works to alleviate hunger, holds farmland in trust, links land with farmers and works with other organizations to promote and communicate sustainable values, thereby enhancing community life.
Vision & Philosophy
Farmland Legacies envisions a community without hunger that is supported by a healthy mix of farms and food. The landscape, with balanced soils and a healthy ecosystem, will be home to farmers of all ages. Farm interests will be diverse and market influence will be shared by many. Farmland Legacies believes in a renewable and secure food system. The Home Quarter will be a visible model of a more sustainable approach to the current food system.
Farmland Legacies follows four Guiding Principles of land stewardship, as compiled by The Land Stewardship Resource Centre. They are as follows:
- Caring for the system as a whole - understanding the fundamental roles and values of natural systems, building up biological fertility in the soil, incorporating an understanding of the ecological cycles of the landscape (water, energy, nutrients) and how land-use practices can either benefit, be in harmony with, or negatively impact these cycles and other land-users, flora and fauna.
- Resource conservation - maximizing efficiency and striving to reduce the one-time consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources; aiming for long-term optimization versus short-term maximization of production.
- Maintaining, building and enhancing stability in Nature - maintaining and encouraging natural biological diversity and complexity; maintaining natural areas and functions on the land (i.e., wildlife habitat conservation).
- Cultural values and ethics - caring for the health of the land for future generations and long-term economic stability; the link between civilization, urbanization, and the land-base and ecosystems that are vital to survival; the intrinsic value and right to exist of all life on Earth.