Phase 1 (2013)
We understand that innovation often happens at the edge, therefore our task is to gather together the insights and institutional patterns from our national community.
Each of these case models ( from legislation, cooperative investment, support groups for landowning women) represents a useful tool for farmers and others to use in designing their own farm-land access strategy. We will catalog these case models, interpret them, and evaluate them according to the criteria we developed at our founding meeting.
-Find and showcase models from across the country: innovative practices employed by farmers, communities, planners, investors and cooperatives to address this key issue of land access.
- -Document and promote regionally-appropriate models that conserve productive farmland dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and make the land available to next-generation producers.
- -Expand and enhance the financial, legal, and technical assistance networks that are central to the political and economic success of the next generation of American agrarians;
- – Facilitate and develop the social and intellectual networks required to overcome the present cultural economy of industrial agriculture. See the resource map we created.
- By learning from successful models, we can scale up the rate of farmland succession
Phase 2: (2014)
Raise the profile of Farmland Succession Issues.
- Presentation at Oxford Real Farming Conference ( January)
- Our Land Symposium (April 26 & 27)
- Land Negotiation Training Event (May 3)
- Presentation at BALLE Conference, Oakland (June)
- Presentation at Summer NOFA Conference ( August)
- in partnership with Conservation Law Foundation
- Presentation at American Farmland Trust annual gathering (September)
- Presentation at Bioneers ( October)
- Presentation at Presentation at Slow Money Conference ( November)
- Farmland for the Future, (November 2014)
- in partnership with Community Food Funders, and North Star Fund.
Build the legal structure and institutional structure to hold the trust in partnership with Sustainable Economies Law Center.
Release 2nd guidebook: ” Benevolent Investors Guide to the New Farm economy”
Phase 3: (2015)
Begin Accepting Land Gifts, and donations to purchase farmland for Agrarian Trust.
Begin accepting new farmer proposals for farmland purchase and protection
Release 3rd Guidebook