When you think of food, do you think about land? In our research with small scale farmers in the California Central Coast, we have come to see how the structures of who owns and operates land dictates how food is grown in the agricultural system.
The data presented are not intended to represent a complete picture of land ownership or land quality.
The Farmland Monitoring Project (FMP) uses data from a variety of sources (see table). The information presented falls into two main cases, public data and user submitted data. All submitted data is either grabbed from existing databases or from individual land owners, farmers and, farmer service providers who opt-in to document characteristics of a farm or property. Below is a more detailed description of the sources of information aggregated to provide context to issues of farmland ownership, access and quality.