By Ian McSweeney, Director, Agrarian Trust In September, I participated in a convening on land access alongside a group of 90 participants from 16 European countries in Chaussy, France and presented on our local Agrarian Commons model. The event was facilitated
Windy Acres Farm in Orlinda, TN (45 min. north of Nashville) is a cooperative effort of several families committed to stewarding the land and animals in their care. In 1986, Alfred and Carney Farris established Windy Acres Farm as part
Are you a faith leader with experience in conservation? Are you active in your local rural, farming community? Do you long to bring your expertise in divinity and land protection together? If you answered “yes” to all or some of
We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events! Our team and advisors will be at workshops, conferences, gatherings and more over the next 30 days in the following states: Colorado North Carolina Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire We
2018 marked the hundred-year anniversary of the privatization of the San Pedro Land grant, the place where I was born and still call home. It is an arid piece of high desert, covered in piñon and juniper, located in the eastern and northern foothills of the Sandia Mountains in central New Mexico. It was an anniversary no one marked publicly, not even the heirs to the land still living in San Antonito, the village just down the road. It is part of a story lost, for the most part, to so-called progress.
This October, Agrarian Trust is spotlighting the farmers and ranchers who put food on our plates, the advocates who support equitable land tenure and community commons based ownership, and the collaborations that are creating the local Agrarian Commons across the U.S.
Agrarian Commons closely resemble community land trusts, but they are unique in that they work collectively to provide long-term affordable and equitable access of small and mid-sized farms.
We hope your season has been as full of growth and sweetness as a burgeoning garden or a buzzing beehive. We’ve been just as busy developing relationships and making new connections to build the framework for an Agrarian Commons.
The Creation of Local Agrarian Commons In the next two decades alone, it’s estimated that across the US, over 400 million acres of farmland will change ownership. The Agrarian Trust is a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to ensure that tomorrow’s farmers have access