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.”

Truthout: A Green New Deal Must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture

May 01, 2019 • Land Access Strategies ,Sustainable Farming • By Agrarian Trust

“Agrarian Trust, a nonprofit committed to supporting land access for the next generation of farmers, is experimenting with community-controlled land commons to collectively and democratically own the land, while giving 99-year leases to regenerative farmers. This model prioritizes broader community involvement and investment in local farms, while giving farmers long-term land security and equity interests so that they can fully commit to restoring the land over many decades.”

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.

FaithLands Pilot Project in North Carolina Welcomes Our New Coordinator, Josie Walker

Apr 18, 2019 • Faithlands ,Land Access Strategies • By Agrarian Trust

We’re thrilled to welcome Josie Walker to our team as our Eastern North Carolina Project Coordinator for FaithLands, a coalition-led initiative that supports faith communities in making lands available for sustainable, agroecological farming, especially to those in society marginalized by virtue of class, race, gender, economic status, and other factors.

Earthseed Land Collective: Farmers of Color Create Space for Collective Living & Liberation on the Land

Mar 06, 2019 • Land Access Stories ,Land Access Strategies ,Land Justice and Equity • By Agrarian Trust

The Earthseed Land Collective was formally established in 2012 by a group of black and brown farmers and social justice organizers. All in their 30s and early 40s at the time of its founding, the group currently includes seven founding members. Over the past decade, they have sought to establish a stable land base for their families and an equally grounded, self-sustaining, and welcoming hub for community building, particularly among farmers of color and food justice advocates…

Looking Back to Look Forward: Expanding the Toolbox to Create Equitable, Secure & Affordable Access to Land

Dec 18, 2018 • Agrarian Trust ,Land Access Strategies ,Land Justice and Equity • By Jamie Pottern

That these farms are going to change hands is inevitable; that the next generation of farmers who so desperately want to farm them cannot afford to buy them is a stark reality. How can land trusts help turn the tide against the mounting barriers faced by our nation’s farmers?