We hope you’ve been enjoying the changing of the seasons. We’re looking forward to the crackle of leaves and harvests of autumn—and to the many upcoming events where we’ll have the opportunity to meet and share more on our work to create a farm commons. As we travel the land, meeting with farmers and communities, we’ve been sharing our vision and documenting successful stories that inform our approach to land stewardship and equity…
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 ‘farm commons’ while upholding the values of access, affordability, and land security.
What does an equitable food system look like in world that values corporate profits over people, health, and the environment? What would a grassroots movement of people look like—a movement large enough to fight those interests and win? What does it look like for a national food movement to “build power”? These are just some of the larger questions that arose at the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA)’s Northeast Regional Assembly…
Agrarian Trust’s Director Ian McSweeney discusses our emerging farm commons work in the podcast “Investing in Regenerative Agriculture.” Listen to the interview via the player below or on SoundCloud.
Highlights from our Summer 2018 newsletter: This summer has been full of building relationships, exploring new connections and configurations, and laying a firm foundation for Agrarian Trust to continue our work to create a farm commons. How do we cooperatively
We’re excited to share some great news with you on our hiring efforts to grow our organization and further our mission in 2018! — We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth Spellman and Jamie Pottern to our team this month, and we’re happy to announce that Ian McSweeney will be joining the staff as our new Organizational Director.
The map’s creators say they envision an equitable distribution of land and resources in the country.
Why are the more wholesome alternative visions so scarce and scarcely believable?
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, recently published a profound statement about the importance of addressing inequality to fight climate change. Offering insight into these intertwined issues, which have become the defining challenges of our time, he focuses on the fundamental role of land.
Because ecological destruction affects both friend and foe, the use of bombs, drones and missiles is akin to shooting oneself in the foot…and the lungs and the spirit. War undermines that which most of the world’s people aspire to: physical and financial security; satisfying work and social ties; clean air, food and water. Perhaps we can skip the violence and tragedy and blowback and move directly to restitution: reparations for damage sustained.