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Ecological Land Cooperative

The Ecological Land Cooperative develops affordable, low impact, small farms for new entrant farmers to ecological agriculture.

ELC - What They Do

What they do

The Ecological Land Cooperative purchases agricultural land and divides it into a number of ecologically managed residential small farms. Read more

Financial performance

ELC Investor Members have received interest payments in the last five years between 2015 and 2019 (inclusive). Interest has been paid at 3% in these years, although many investors have chosen to be paid a lower rate of interest.

First interest payment

December 2020

Forecast return


expected interest per year

Social performance

ELC improves the ecology and biodiversity of marginal agricultural land, creating opportunities for low-impact livelihoods and helping the resilience of communities through local food production.

  • Key social performance indicator

    98 acres

    of renewed land made up of 15 ecologically managed, off grid, low impact small farms ready for new farmers to produce good, healthy food for local markets.

Governance and people

Who benefits

The Ecological Land Cooperative widens access to land for sustainable use through the creation of affordable low-impact smallholdings. The high costs of land and rural housing make it near impossible for new entrants to farming to establish a farm business. By providing affordable and secure smallholdings, ELC is helping to address this crisis.

  • Benefits are felt by smallholders, Coop members, the networks of environmental and agricultural activists, the communities in which smallholding sites are located and the wider public.

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