Building an Agrarian Commons: Learning from Farmers & Community Organizers

Building an Agrarian Commons: Learning from Farmers & Community Organizers

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.

Where We’ll Will Be This Fall & Winter: Agrarian Trust Newsletter

Where We’ll Will Be This Fall & Winter: Agrarian Trust Newsletter

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…

Thirty Years of Trailblazing a Farm Community at Temple-Wilton Community Farm

Thirty Years of Trailblazing a Farm Community at Temple-Wilton Community Farm

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.

Building Power: Advancing a People’s Agenda for Food Sovereignty & Climate Justice

Building Power: Advancing a People’s Agenda for Food Sovereignty & Climate Justice

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…

New Hampshire’s First Affordable Whole Farm: Keeping Wingate Farm in the Family, Permanently Conserved, and Affordable for Future Farmers

New Hampshire’s First Affordable Whole Farm: Keeping Wingate Farm in the Family, Permanently Conserved, and Affordable for Future Farmers

The story of Wingate Farm is firmly grounded in the rich and complex dynamics of multi-generational family farming, in which everyone must come together to plan the future of the family’s farm. Through their shared commitment and use of innovative tools to promote farmland affordability, the farmers at Wingate have ensured that the farm will remain accessible to future generations. Wingate Farm exemplifies how Agrarian Trust could ensure affordability and active sustainable farming as central goals within our work to create an agrarian commons.

Job Announcement: FaithLands Project Coordinator for Eastern North Carolina (Apply by Feb 1st, 2019)

Job Announcement:  FaithLands Project Coordinator for Eastern North Carolina (Apply by Feb 1st, 2019)

FaithLands, through its fiscal sponsor Agrarian Trust, seeks to hire a part-time project coordinator to initiate, organize, and coordinate the FaithLands work in eastern North Carolina. The mission of FaithLands is to support faith communities in making lands available for sustainable, agroecological farming, especially to those in society marginalized by virtue of class, race, gender, economic status, and other factors. This FaithLands initiative in eastern NC is being led by a coalition of groups including F.A.R.M.S., The Conservation Fund, Agrarian Trust, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

Land Access Strategy: One Farmer and 8,000 Landlords at Fordhall Farm

Land Access Strategy: One Farmer and 8,000 Landlords at Fordhall Farm

Fordhall Farm shows how enterprising young farmers can engage with the community, mutualise the land and put it into trusteeship using the Industrial and Provident Society structure, raise the purchase capital from members and balance community access rights with farming needs. Ben and Charlotte Hollins were given a Schumacher Award in October 2006.

Land Access Strategy: The National Trust of England

Land Access Strategy: The National Trust of England

The National Trust of England is the country’s largest owner of farmland. Agricultural land is one aspect of the organization’s conservation goals. Established in the late 1800s, with a vision for preserving the nation’s heritage and open spaces, the charity organization has continued to uphold the value of their founders. Originally established as an Association not-for-profit in 1884, the trust was soon after given more solidity through various acts of British Parliament. The organization remains independent of government and relies on grants, donors and other sources of income, rather than direct government subsidy. Some of the funds come from admission to and products from the trusts Home Farm as well as other preserved historic estates.