Land in Common: A Bold and Patient Model for Agrarian Reform in Maine

Sep, 30 2019 • Agrarian Commons ,Commons Alliance ,Land Access Strategies • By Eliza Spellman Taylor

Land in Common is a Community Land Trust in Maine, born out of a community-focused, land justice centered living space that has evolved over the past twenty years. Officially founded in 2008, Land in Common is a nonprofit organization that removes land from the commodity market and places it into a member-run trust where it can be stewarded by residents. Its goal is to create “a multi-generational land base for sustainable livelihoods that supports communities working for just, cooperative, and resilient futures.”

Woodland Community Land Trust: An Antidote to Extraction in Rural Appalachia

Apr, 18 2019 • Commons Alliance ,Land Access Strategies ,Land Justice and Equity • By Eliza Spellman Taylor

The Woodland Community Land Trust was incorporated in 1979, making it one of the oldest Community Land Trusts (CLTs) established in the United States. Located in the Clearfork Valley of northeastern Tennessee, a low-income Appalachian community dominated by extractive industry and concentrated land holding, economic, and political power, Woodland recently marked its 40th year in operation. Today, Woodland’s vision of community ownership still resounds in possibilities for Appalachian people and confronts the realities of peasant land dispossession throughout U.S. history and worldwide.

New Hampshire’s First Affordable Whole Farm: Keeping Wingate Farm in the Family, Permanently Conserved, and Affordable for Future Farmers

Jan, 23 2019 • Land Access Stories • By Eliza Spellman Taylor

The story of Wingate Farm is firmly grounded in the rich and complex dynamics of multi-generational family farming, in which everyone must come together to plan the future of the family’s farm. Through their shared commitment and use of innovative tools to promote farmland affordability, the farmers at Wingate have ensured that the farm will remain accessible to future generations.

Building an Agrarian Commons: Learning from Farmers & Community Organizers

Nov, 29 2018 • Agrarian Commons ,Land Access Stories • By Eliza Spellman Taylor

Agrarian Trust staff had the pleasure of meeting with farmers, landowners, and organizers at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY and The Watershed Center in Millerton, NY in late October. We learned a lot from our colleagues in the Hudson Valley and reflected on the economic and social aspects of our beginning agrarian commons work. Above all, it was an honor to spend time with organizations and people engaged in such compelling and inspiring place-based work with larger justice implications.

Thirty Years of Trailblazing a Farm Community at Temple-Wilton Community Farm

Oct, 25 2018 • Agrarian Commons ,Commons Alliance ,Food Systems and Security ,Land Access Stories ,Land Access Strategies ,Sustainable Farming • By Eliza Spellman Taylor

The story of Temple-Wilton Community Farm is one of community and commitment, persistence, and vision. As a community-based farm, Temple-Wilton provides support for its farmers and food security for its members. The farm exemplifies how Agrarian Trust might protect a working farm in perpetuity as a kind of ‘agrarian commons’ while upholding the values of access, affordability, and land security.