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Katharina Hagenhofer: Land Access for New Farmers (Full)

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Katharina Hagenhofer is a graduate student in organic agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, studying the mechanisms by which young people acquire land or access to land for farming. She hopes to start an organic farm and talks about the different aspects of her childhood and adult life and how they have contributed to her dream. She discusses the community values and obstacles and opportunities for start-up farmers new to the field. With an optimism for the future, Katharina tells of obstacles facing small start up farmers today. Table Of Contents: (0:15-1:58) FARM ACQUISITION OUTSIDE THE FAMILY -- Growing up around Industrial Agriculture (0:45) -- Interest in Nature Conservation and Animal Rights (1:00) -- Involved in Fair Trade and learned of Organic (1:15) (1:59-5:00) LEARNING ORGANIC -- Volunteered for Organic Farm through Program in Austria (1:59) -- Romantic image of farms (2:54) -- Love of Food and Connection to food production for community (3:25) -- Studied Agricultural Sciences (3:40) (5:10-7:58) DECIDING TO FARM FOR A CAREER AND ACQUIRING LAND -- Family Farms are too stressful (5:13) -- Collective / Community farm Interests (5:35) -- Dutch Biodynamic Association program to get land (5:41) -- Access to land for community farms and young farmers (6:45) (7:59-10:41) RESEARCH ON LAND SUCCESSION AND ACQUISITION -- Little Data, encourage students to study and retrieve data (8:06) -- Actors and Organizations trying to help new farmers (9:13) -- Factors supporting and hindering actors work (9:58) (10:42-19:25) VALUES THAT LED IN THIS FARMING DIRECTION -- Education about destruction of nature (12:12) -- Parents Christian values about helping people (13:42) -- Mother grew up on a farm, spent some time there as a kid (14:22) -- Nostalgia (14:44) -- Organic moving forward, not back (15:13) -- Not materialistic, conscious consumption (16:10) -- Student Exchange / study abroad in Ireland on organic farm (17:02) -- Physical contact with growing produce (18:14) (19:26-22:35) FAIR TRADE IN DEVELOPED WORLD / GLOBALIZATION -- Church had a Fair Trade Group (19:26) -- Organic as new dimension (19:44) -- Fair Trade about farmers “here” (19:54) -- Globalization (20:36) -- Food Chains / Supply Chains (21:31) -- Different kinds of Organic farmers (22:01) (22:36-27:33) WAS SCHOOL SUPPORT FOR GROWING UP? -- Primary school influences (23:29) -- High School Study Abroad Experience (25:48) -- Only one in her class that did Natural Sciences (27:12) (27:37- 31:22) IMPORTANCE OF HOBBIES AS LEARNING TOOLS -- Reading (28:17) -- Had a vegetable garden (28:34) -- Traveling (29:29) (31:23-32:34) THEORETICAL EDUCATION VERSUS EXPERIENCE ON ORGANIC FARMING (32:35-35:33) CONNECTING TO A PLACE -- Nature and Human Impact (33:32) -- Community and Nature Relationship (33:46) (35:34-38:53) IDEAL FARM AND BEYOND FARMING -- Small community farm (35:49) -- Subsistence farming (36:08) -- Farming as a community activity as opposed to a job (36:47) -- Sustainable communities (37:39) -- Community Supported Agriculture and Direct Marketing (38:04) -- Community Outreach, Engagement and Education (39:06) (38:54-41:50) BEYOND ORGANIC LABELING -- Joys of farming and ecological farming more important than organic certification (39:01) -- Not interested in large-scale organic (40:46) (41:51-44:06) IDEAL COMMUNITY -- Exploring Methods for Communication and organization (43:18) (44:11-49:53) LONG ROAD TO FARM OWNERSHIP AND PURSING THE DREAM -- Learned many different approaches to land access (45:17) -- Optimistic about future of farming (45:22) -- France organization helping start-up farmers with advising and land access (46:03) -- German knowledge network links farmers to potential new farmers (47:28) -- Austria local initiatives for direct purchase (48:55) (49:53-52:12) FUTURE SOLUTIONS -- Optimistic, but obstacles (50:02) -- Research is important (50:32) -- Public and Policies, Political Support (50:45) ...