Whole Farm Plan Guide

The Whole Farm Plan Guide (WFPG) offers procedures and information to help farm groups develop a Whole Farm Plan for achieving their farm’s environmental, social, and economic goals. It was adapted to include resources and information specific to Cooperatives in 2013

The WFPG is a farm’s key reference document. It describes all the elements of a community farm that need to be managed for success, including information about the farm’s land base and the farm group’s key definitions and agreements. It is a living, working document that lays a foundation for sound decision-making.

A Whole Farm Plan is written collaboratively by everyone directly involved with the farm, including the community that supports the farm. As people work together to create a Whole Farm Plan, they build commitment, community, and a common vision and goals. The results are both a dynamic communications tool that guides how decisions about the land are made, and a working group that shares key values and common understanding and agreement about the farm.

The WFPG describes what Whole Farm Plans are and why they are valuable. It provides a simple, step-by-step procedure to create and apply a Whole Farm Plan. This basic outline is supported by detailed information about each section, and links and resources for further reference.

We encourage use of this information, and request that The Land Conservancy of British Columbia be credited.

The Community Farms Program is administered by FarmFolk CityFolk Society founded in collaboration with The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. The goal of the Community Farms Program is to actively secure farmland for present and future food production. We bring together landowners, farmers, local communities, and resources to develop and support community farm models in BC. For more information, please contact us.

Whole Farm Plan Guide (pdf, 2.2 mb)