A student-led project seeking community feedback on how we can better support farmers and ranchers.
Agriculture Land Reserve Policy Review Project
Matt Henderson, an undergraduate student at UNBC has been busy this summer working on a student-led project seeking to promote supports for our local producers through policy review and community engagement. Matt, who is enrolled in the School of Planning and Sustainability at the Prince George Campus, majoring in Northern and Rural Community Planning has been busy this summer hosting a series of public facilitations from June to August of 2023.
The project will be looking at restructuring the organization that is the Agricultural Land Commission with the objectives aiming to:
1. Place decision-making back in a more regional and local context.
2. Have the ALC consult with indigenous communities, agricultural associations and local governments when drafting and revising policies within our agricultural sectors.
3. To integrate more supports for our small and medium scale farming operations on which we rely so heavily on to continue feeding our province.
Through effective and ethical consultations, gathering all parties around the same table we can adapt our agriculture policies and governance to better fit the needs of our current climate and support those within the agricultural sector.
Using the 'Dotmocracy' tool, members of the public are given 3 dot stickers to place beside the main ideas or prompts that were initially created as ideas to improve the lives of farmers and ranchers.
The goal of this process is to ask the local farmers and ranchers what they believe are ways to improve their lives, thus putting our province on the right track to improve food security.
If you are unable to visit Matt at his booth at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market on August 5th to provide input, you may visit his website at the following link to access the virtual 'dotmocracy' that is available 24/7 for the duration of the summer.
Matt Henderson is undergraduate student at UNBC's School of Planning and Sustainability at the Prince George Campus. His major is in Northern and Rural Community Planning the passion he is bringing to this project is a drive to see governance and policy more responsive to and inclusive of local people and local circumstances.