Agrarian Trust staff had the pleasure of meeting with farmers, landowners, and organizers at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY and The Watershed Center in Millerton, NY in late October. We learned a lot from our colleagues in the Hudson Valley and reflected on the economic and social aspects of our beginning agrarian commons work. Above all, it was an honor to spend time with organizations and people engaged in such compelling and inspiring place-based work with larger justice implications.
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 Agrarian 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 ‘agrarian 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…
The owners of 87 acres in Red Hook, NY are offering a farmland lease opportunity to (a) farmer(s) interested in carrying Great Song Farm forward in its current set-up as a 75 member vegetable CSA and/or in developing other agricultural enterprises on the land. The current farmers and owners of the business entity, Great Song Farm, are moving on after eight great seasons growing biodynamic vegetables, to pursue other opportunities in farmer education. The landowners expect the new farmers to begin in the 2019 growing season.
Agrarian Trust’s Director Ian McSweeney discusses our emerging agrarian commons work in the podcast “Investing in Regenerative Agriculture.” Listen to the interview via the player below or on SoundCloud.
How do we cooperatively own and steward land for food sovereignty, soil and ecosystem health, community benefit, service to the watershed, and more? Agrarian Trust’s proposed method is a new form (legal, cultural, and financial) of land ownership to support land access for the next generation of farmers, and we make the path by walking it.
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?