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Agrarian Commons

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


Thank you!

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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.


PARTNERSHIPS

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.

Little Jubba Hot Sauce

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.

Thank you to the River House, a values based farm-to-table restaurant on the Damariscotta River in Maine, for recently raising $5,000 for the Liberation Farms project.

"It is crucial that collective farming communities come together to engage in promotion of these efforts."


PRESS & FURTHER READING

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

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

$7,138 of $52,000
Financial Details
  • $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
Summary

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

$92,657 of $200,000

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.

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