Farmland Preservation (2nd Edition)

Land for Future Generations

Wayne J. Caldwell (Editor), Stew Hilts (Editor), Bronwynne Wilton (Editor)


As land is lost to urban sprawl and other non-farm activity, our ability to produce food is diminished and options for future food production are limited. Farmland preservation speaks to the need to preserve the agricultural land base for future generations. The need for protection is driven by uncertainty caused by climate change, population growth, food security, energy availability, and other local and global factors. This uncertainty means that there is an ever-growing responsibility to ensure that the actions of today do not compromise the needs of future generations.

This second edition of Farmland Preservation provides a range of views and case studies from across Canada, the United States, and beyond. Its fourteen essays are intended to help the reader understand the importance of the issue and the potential for applying new approaches to agricultural protection, policy tools, and initiatives.

About the Authors

Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning at the University of Guelph. He is a Registered Professional Planner and is a passionate advocate for the betterment of rural communities. He has served as chair or president of a number of local, provincial, and national organizations.

Stew Hilts is Professor Emeritus, Department of Land Resource Science, at the University of Guelph and the former chair of the Ontario Farmland Trust.

Bronwynne Wilton holds a PhD in Rural Studies and a Master's in Science in Rural Planning/Landscape Architecture. Bronwynne is currently a Consulting Project Lead with Synthesis Agri-Food Network in Guelph, Ontario.

Other contributors: Nicolas Brunet, Christopher Bryant, Trevor Budge, Andrew Butt, Wayne Caldwell, Ghalia Chahine, Arthur Churchyard, Tom Daniels, Gary Davidson, Claire Dodds, Denis Granjon, J.C. (Jim) Hiley, Stew Hilts, Kelsey Lang, Claude Marois, Kevin McNaney, Kate Procter, Matt Setzkorn, Barry E. Smith, Michael Troughton, Bob Wagner, Bronwynne Wilton

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Farmland Preservation: Perspectives
Ch. 2 Canadian Farmland: A Fluctuating Commodity
Ch. 3 Agricultural Land Protection in Quebec
Ch. 4 Farmland Preservation in Ontario
Ch. 5 The Farmland Preservation Program in British Columbia
Ch. 6 Learning about the Agricultural and Food System in Your Municipality
Ch. 7 Smart Growth in Ontario
Ch. 8 Farmland Protection and Liveable Communities in British Columbia
Ch. 9 Rural Non-Farm Development and the Agricultural Industry in Ontario
Ch. 10 Preserving and Promoting Agricultural Activities in the Peri-Urban Space
Ch. 11 Ontario Farmland Trust
Ch. 12 Farmland Preservation Policies in the United States
Ch. 13 Planning for the Future of Agriculture
Ch. 14 Farmland Preservation in Australia

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.