Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons

With community support, the long-held dream for a secure farm home can become a reality for the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA). A successful fundraiser co-organized by Agrarian Trust will allow the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons to acquire the 107-acre Hilliard Farm in Wales, Maine. An equitable, 99-year, rolling lease will then be conveyed to the SBCA to create expanded land access for their Liberation Farms program. This opportunity requires $367,000 to purchase the farm by December 1, 2020. 

This farm acquisition will create food security and the ability to grow culturally-appropriate vegetables and grains, including African flint corn for drying and meal, as well as producing halal goat and chicken. Environmental stewardship, regenerative agriculture, and sustainable forestry balanced with farm viability, community health, food sovereignty, and space for cultural preservation and healing will be possible. (Photo: Sijie Yuan, Maine Community Foundation)


Learn more about the Somali Bantu Community Association and the context for this acquisition:

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With your support, the Agrarian Trust and the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons will purchase the 107-acre farm in Wales Maine.


- Farm Acquisition: $230,000 
- Land Stewardship: $25,000 - soil & ecosystem 
- Building Reserves: $60,000 - systems & structures 
- Carry Cost Reserves: $20,000 - taxes & insurance 
- Project & Closing Cost: $32,000 - legal & due diligence


Total on or before December 1, 2020:  $367,000




progress towards Our goal

Over 750 individual donations and counting with an average donation size of $81.00

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For the last 30 years we have been refugees, moving through different towns in Somalia and living in refugee camps in neighboring Kenya. For 30 years we have been looking for a place we can call home. Home in our community means a place that is safe and secure, where we can farm freely and where we can exercise our cultural traditions. Getting this property will check all the boxes and for the first time we have a place we call home.

- Muhidin Libah, Executive Director of the Somali Bantu Community Association


Agrarian Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible.


FUNDING NEWS


A $20,000 donation from a Fidelity Charitable Donor-Advised Fund of Mary Judith Meelia

A $15,000 donation from a donor-directed gift through the Maine Community Foundation.

A $15,000 donation from a donor-advised RSF Social Finance fund.


THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS


The Farmers Dinner has committed to donate a portion of proceeds of every dinner in 2020.

The Milkhouse has donated 10% of one week of sales revenue to this project.

College of the Atlantic’s Beech Hill Farm donated sales proceeds from June 16th opening day market.



Contact us (littlejubbacentralmaineAC@agrariantrust.org) to create a similar fundraiser and stand in solidarity and support of the Somali Bantu Community Association

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

CD

Christy Damon

$50.00 July 8, 2020
WB

Wil Benoit

$100.00 July 8, 2020
K

Kahli

$30.00 July 8, 2020
EE

Elizabeth Eschholz

$40.00 July 8, 2020
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Sarah Lawrence

$50.00 July 8, 2020
KR

Kennesaw Richards

$100.00 July 8, 2020
WM

Willard Morgan

$100.00 July 8, 2020
JP

Jill Pietrantonio

$20.00 July 8, 2020
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christina kelly

$50.00 July 8, 2020