Agrarian Trust and the Minnesota Agrarian Commons are currently seeding relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with stakeholders, community land trusts, farmer training and support organizations, and others engaged with the land in Minnesota. We actively engage those among us seeking land justice as a climate justice strategy in alignment with the agro-ecological orientation of the Minnesota Agrarian Commons and the Agrarian Trust.
As we animate the commons, we continually build relationships with BIPOC farmers and are intentionally designing land justice strategies that honor culture and Treaty Rights. By weaving relationships on the commons path, we co-create and co-evolve new sensibilities about how to prioritize the commonwealth as the pathway to mutual thriving.
The Minnesota Agrarian Commons is located on traditional and ancestral lands of the Dakota, Ojibwe and of numerous other Indigenous peoples and nations. We honor their relationship with these lands and we honor their elders, past and present. Much of this land is unceded: territories were stolen, seized, or otherwise acquired through genocidal actions of the state, colonizers, and settlers. As an organization composed of settlers and people displaced from their own original lands, we are committed to renewing our relationships with Indigenous peoples, and supporting Indigenous sovereignty through word and action. Please visit native-land.ca to learn the names and histories of the Mdewakanton, Anishinabewaki, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples who live here in Minnesota and continue to invite us into right relationship with its Native Nations.
Minnesota is one of several midwestern states with laws preventing most corporate entities, outside investors, trusts, and other entities from owning farmland. The Minnesota Agrarian Commons is working with local partners to secure farmland in perpetuity with democratic stewardship through a locally-managed Agrarian Commons, a 501(c)(2) organization affiliated with Agrarian Trust. Our partner Sharing Our Roots has played a critical role in this process and has been helping to ensure that the entity formed in Minnesota is in full compliance with state law. We have done community ‘animating sessions’ with many BIPOC farmers, emerging small-scale white farmers, Climate Land Leaders, policy makers, policy advocates, farm service organizations, lawyers, financial institutions, higher educational leaders, agronomists, ecologists, and researchers. These sessions have informed our strategy to inhabit the Minnesota Agrarian Commons in a way that disrupts the impediments to commoning and eases participatory democratic processes.
The Minnesota Agrarian Commons is organized and shall be operated exclusively for the purpose of holding title to property, collecting income therefrom, and turning the entire amount, less expenses, to the AGRARIAN LAND TRUST within the meaning of Section 501(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”). Agrarian Land Trust, the parent corporation of Southeast Minnesota Agrarian Commons, is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) and described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.