Day One Proje

Day One Project: Strengthening the Economy, Health, & Climate Security through Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems

day one project [pdf]

For those who can afford to fill their fridge with the click of app or live in a neighborhood with fresh produce around the corner, it is easy to forget how complex and fragile our food systems can be. However, for millions of Americans who suffer from poor health because of food insecurity, or farmers and ranchers whose yields are decreasing along with the nutrient density of their product, that fragility is felt every day. Sustainable food systems engender intricate connections and feedback loops among climate change, public health, food security, national security, and social equity. When one of these factors is overstressed, disaster can result.


NYU Purpose Guidebook for Lawyers

Steward-ownership: A short guidebook to legal frameworks

purpose-guidebook-for-lawyers10022021 [pdf]

The Purpose Foundation believes that redefining corporate ownership and retooling the motivations that underlie decision-making in business is an essential step on the road to building an economy that supports people and the planet. The current normative legal forms for corporate ownership have made it difficult for businesses and the leaders within them to deliver on their long-term purpose and economic success, maintain their relationships with stakeholders, and operate within the planetary boundaries (2020).

report from Young Farmers

Land Policy Towards a More Equitable Farming Future

Land Policy Towards a More Equitable Farming Future [pdf]

A 2020 Report released by the National Young Farmers Coalition. Land, policy, and power are closely intertwined. As millions of acres of U.S. farmland are changing hands, public policy holds the responsibility and the promise to facilitate land justice for the next generation of growers. Read our new report and explore this website to understand the issue, see policy solutions, and take action.


Barriers For Farmers & Ranchers To Adopt Regenerative Ag Practices in The US

Identifying Key Levers and Opportunities [pdf]

In this Patagonia-sponsored report, author Jennifer O’Connor highlights the key barriers our farmers and ranchers are facing in moving towards a healthy, resilient, and regenerative food and ag system. In the report, Agrarian Trust and the Agrarian Commons model are featured as examples of critical pathways supporting the breaking down of these barriers.

How Catalytic Capital Can Support Sustainable Agriculture

Catalytic Capital and Agriculture: Opportunities to Invest in Healthy Soils, Resilient Farms and a Stable Climate [pdf]

A report by EDF and Climate and Forest Capital finds that there is a profound need and opportunity for catalytic capital to support and scale new climate-smart financial models for agriculture. The Agrarian Commons model is presented as a case study that offers an opportunity to transfer and restructure farm ownership and management in a way that provides more affordable land access and tenure to mid-sized farms, and removes the weight of a traditional mortgage from their shoulders in return for their commitment to long-term land stewardship.


Affording OURLAND: Greenhorns Guide to Financial Literacy

Access to farmland persists as the top challenge faced by new farmers in this country. The purpose of this little book is to interprete the landscape of options available to young and beginning farmers who wish to access land and credit for starting or growing farm businesses.


Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together

“It’s clear that we face common challenges.  It’s also clear that by working together, we get more than just a solution to a problem: we get solidarity.”

The Greenhorns presents Cooperative Farming, an in-depth resource for forming collaborative businesses.  Compiled from 42 interviews with farmers and professionals, this is a how-to handbook on structuring and operating a group venture


Greenhorns Mini Compendium on Land Tenure Resources

A mini compendium of resources for beginning farmers on the topic of finding sustainable land tenure.

This compendium was put together for our Land Access Forum for beginning farmers in the Hudson Valley on September 29, 2010 at the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. We give incredible thanks to the many organizations who contributed resources for the Forum and were willing to share their materials with us.

Kulturland Genossenschaft

Learn about German organization Kulturland eG and what they are doing to create a “new commons.”

We believe that the fertility of land should not be a financial investment with a corresponding return, but should be cared for and preserved for future generations. Therefore, we organize common land ownership: a “new common land” (“new commons”).

We make the land available to farms on a long-term basis under favourable conditions. In this way, we support regionally-embedded ecological farms which do direct marketing or community supported farming (CSA), enable the public to visit the farm, carry out nature conservation measures, breed local varieties of plants and animals, integrate people in need or work with school children in an educational way.

More Guides & Resources

New guides from the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC)

Bite-sized Legal Guides

Have a legal question but not quite ready to read a full legal guide? These Bite-Sized Legal Guides from SELC are a great place to start.

Guides are available on Cooperatives, Entity Formation, Food and Farming, Intellectual Property, Capital, Investing Locally, and much more! 

New Handbook from Routledge

Routledge Handbook of Food as a Commons

From the scientific and industrial revolution to the present day, food – an essential element of life – has been progressively transformed into a private, transnational, mono-dimensional commodity of mass consumption for a global market. But over the last decade there has been an increased recognition that this can be challenged and reconceptualized if food is regarded and enacted as a commons.

This Handbook provides the first comprehensive review and synthesis of knowledge and new thinking on how food and food systems can be thought, interpreted and practiced around the old/new paradigms of commons and commoning. The overall aim is to investigate the multiple constraints that occur within and sustain the dominant food and nutrition regime and to explore how it can change when different elements of the current food systems are explored and re-imagined from a commons perspective.