Agriculture: buying together to save farms

Agriculture: buying together to save farms

An alliance allows several people to buy a farm. The common good is then entrusted to a young farmer. Example in Isère.

Agriculture: buying together to save farms

For ten years, with each journey by car, Nathalie Roques can only note their disappearance: the agricultural lands are nibbled by the cities. “There were large fields cultivated with all kinds of cereals, and the hillsides were covered with fruit trees.“, She explains. To protect the fields, she relied on an old practice inherited from the Middle Ages: buying land together to make it a common good.

A device that allows the installation of young farmers

The land, via an association, belongs to multiple shareholders and is operated by young farmers, as in Isère. In total, Nathalie Roques has invested around € 3,000, a choice she does not regret. His money was invested in organic production on 42 hectares with a young farmer installed for eight months. He brought only € 180,000 for the equipment, against € 500,000 if he had become the owner of the land. Today, 27,000 people have chosen to buy back land together.