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Thank you to 1,500+ donors who helped us reach the campaign goal on August 24th, 2020!
We’re now able to purchase this 104 acre organic farm by the end of September and create a place to call home for the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA). The land will expand Liberation Farms to more families growing for self-sufficiency and to provide more land to the SBCA's production farmers so they can sell vegetables and flint corn more widely within the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond.
The farm acquisition means so much more than farming. It is a home for families, kids, and an entire community in the midst of the pandemic.
Read more about Agrarian Trust fundraising.
How did we do it?
- 985 Individual Maine Donors, 65% of the total, gave $138,971, 38% of our goal
- 431 Individual National Donors gave $35,625, 10% of our goal
- 70+ Farm/food/agrarian business partnerships local to Maine shared our project with their communities and raised funds through creative fundraisers. See our growing list of partners here.
- 20 Donor Advised Funds contributed a combined $93,867
- A handful of Maine Foundations contributed approximately $32,000
why did you give?
Erin explains why she gave. Hear from others here.
This fundraiser would not have been possible without Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association (MOFGA), Slow Money Maine, over 70 farms and food businesses, and aligned financial organizations and foundations who all did noteworthy work to raise awareness, stand in solidarity, donate money, and engage their communities to do the same.
The Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association in particular played a key role in raising awareness for this project among the Maine agricultural community, and calling to action these farmers to donate, spread the word among their own communities, and engage their CSA and market customers to give to the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons. Read more about MOFGA’s role here.
See our growing list of partners here.
The Gawler Family Band raised over $1,300 through a benefit concert to raise money for the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons. The event was hosted by Avena Botanicals in Rockport, ME on September 12th and featured an interview with Muhidin Libah of the Somali Bantu Community Association. Watch the concert here.
Resurgam Hot Sauce has launched a new hot sauce, "Little Jubba," utilizing local kelp provided by Jessee Baines of Atlantic Sea Famrs. 100% of the profits from sales will be donated to Liberation Farms fundraising. See product details here.
"It is crucial that collective farming communities come together to engage in promotion of these efforts."
PRESS & FURTHER READING
- FOX22: Farmers help Somali Bantu community buy community farm
- WGME (Video): Somali immigrants find dream farming land in Wales
- Duran Ross (Video): Dream Purpose
- Civil Eats: Could Putting Farmland in the Commons Support Land Justice and Sustainability?
Liberation Farms still needs you
Now that the farm acquisition fundraise is complete, additional funds are needed for specific projects to ensure viable and long-term success in food production, farm viability, and stewarding the land. Scroll down to learn about funding needs for farm planning and investments in soil and ecosystem health, as well as the need to pay off remaining debt tied to the land.
For those interested in supporting food production, farming, and community work, donate directly to the Somali Bantu Community Association - leaseholder for the new Liberation Farms in Wales, Maine
FARM PLANING & INVESTMENT IN SOIL AND ECOSYSTEM - $52,000 NEEDED
- $15,000 for interpretation, content development, educational video production for lease and conservation easement (similar to the bylaws video), signage, and community engagement around Liberation Farms and the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons
- $10,000 for soil regeneration and pollinator habitat investments
- $5,000 for seeds - cover crop and pasture enhancement
- $10,000 for contractors services
- $8,000 for farm layout planning and management
- $4,000 for Agrarian Trust and SBCA staff time
The Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons is a partnership between Agrarian Trust and the Somali Bantu Community Association to create equitable and secure tenure for Liberation Farms and human and Earth equity. Over 200 Somali Bantu families will begin growing mixed fruits and vegetables, flint corn, and raising goats on the 104 acre farm in Wales, ME.
In partnership with regional experts and local partners, we, Agrarian Trust and the Somali Bantu Community Association are currently engaged in a planning process to create best practices for land use, including a significant focus on soil-building that will create viable food production and healthy, thriving ecosystems now and into the future.
This planning process began with assessments of existing site and whole-space planning and visioning from multiple perspectives. The farm has been certified organic for two decades as compost-fertilized hay fields. We expect that some hay production will continue with a majority of the farmland converting to annual and perennial food production. Priorities for the stewardship investment in the months ahead include soil-building, weed suppression, and pest management, improving pasture land, native and non-native annual and perennial cover cropping, and a focus on increased production yields, as well as farm planning to develop spaces that are productive, diverse, and viable for humans and entire ecosystems to thrive in the long-term.
DEBT SERVICE PAYOFF - $200,000 NEEDED
An initial $80,000 toward this goal comes from Maine Farmland Trust’s acquisition of a conservation easement on the land. The conservation easement will protect the farmland soils, waterways, forestland, and habitats in perpetuity.