The Farm Loan Board has seven community pastures located throughout rural Nova Scotia. Developed in the 1950's, the community pasture program was designed to help beef farmers keep their costs down by providing grazing land for their animals throughout the summer months.
The pastures have nearly 6,000 acres of land with 3,775 of those acres cleared. The Farm Loan Board is proud to have this land available for farmers, and to keep large pieces of land in our province for agricultural use. In 2019/20 we began work to make sure that the pastures continue to be a resource available to help grow the rural economy now and for future generations. We look forward to finalizing this work in 2021/22.
In late 2020, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. completed a report to the Farm Loan Board to provide a review of the current situation at each community pasture including site assessments, fertility assessment, recommendations, fertility improvement cost estimates, infrastructure assessments and recommendations, (including estimate of improvement costs), and estimates of potential stocking rates for the respective pastures.
Perennia’s full report can be assessed below: