The farmer as caretaker of the landscape. Polyfern worked with a group of 20 farmers from Salland to develop a perspective for sustainable agriculture in 2050, including a practical intermediate step for 2030.
The Board of Government Advisors has initiated three landscape-inclusive agriculture pilots, in three different areas. For the Salland area a vision was developed with farmers and stakeholders in the area.
By 2050, the Salland landscape is more dynamic, varied and resilient through a renewed connection between landscape and land use. The diversity of landscapes has been translated into 8 different business models. In it, landscape, economics, land use and cultivation, relationship farmer-environment and degree of intensiveness are elaborated.
Using a method for measuring the degree of landscape-inclusive agriculture (e.g., financial, welfare, biodiversity, etc.), goals were set for 2050 against which the business models were tested. The outlook is based on assumptions regarding land prices, more sustainable consumer food patterns and reductions in fertiliser and chemical use.
Type: design research, landscape
Client: Board of Government Advisors
Size: approximately 425 km2
In cooperation with: Louis Bolk Institute, Knowledge Center Landscape of the University of Groningen, 20 Salland farmers
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