Creating Agrarian Commons

Agrarian Trust works collaboratively to bring together entities, legal structures, leases, farmers, landowners and resources (dollars) to create an Agrarian Commons in its entirety. This can work in several different ways and is tailored to meet the needs of the individuals and communities invested in the effort.

The Agrarian Commons model can consist of land held in trust with farmers leasing the land for 99 years+, or it can consist of several farmers holding leases. It can consist of more than one parcel being a part of an Agrarian Commons and more than one farm enterprise. All Agrarian Commons are structured as a 501(c)(2) legal entity so that the land can be held in a community structure and the farmers can access the land indefinitely.

Do you want to be a part of an Agrarian Commons? There are several ways to learn more:

  • Visit the Agrarian Commons portion of our web site to see our existing Commons throughout the nation
  • Visit our Facebook fan page to read about current Commons fundraising efforts, updates and developments
  • If you would like to take more definitive action about a Commons in your area, please contact us directly

Additional Services
Resource Support, Advising & Consultation

As part of and in addition to the main work of bringing about the Agrarian Commons, Agrarian Trust offers the following additional services.

Technical Assistance: Shared for Free

  • Networking, Connecting, and Referring farmers and farmland owners to resources, services, and organizations
  • First Consultation; questions answered, opinions, experience and knowledge shared

Agrarian Legal Support: Access for Free

  • Network of agrarian attorneys
  • Case studies, cataloged topical discussions and research, transparent and instructive documentation on the formation of Agrarian Trust and Agrarian Commons formation

Farm Site Visit & Consultation: Range of  $1,500 – $5,000 plus travel

  • 1-2 day visit, 1-4 pre-visit discussions and sharing of farm/property background
  • Discussions and planning to develop land ownership, conservation, use and stewardship plans

Lease, Management, or Stewardship Negotiations and Agreements: Range of $1,000 – $5,000

  • Property research, 1-2 consultations with parties involved and sharing of farm/property background
  • Draft lease and 1-3 rounds of revisions to final agreement

Formal Evaluations of farmer readiness, farm appropriateness for land, community need for farm or other related needs: Range of  $1,000 – $10,000

  • Review and evaluate materials provided within Agrarian Trust network and community
  • Soil, environmental, and ecological testing and community and foodshed assessment can be incorporated into project

Conservation and Transfer Negotiations, Agreements and Project Management: Range of $4,000 – $15,000

  • Property research, 5-10 conversations with parties involved and sharing of property background
  • Draft, review, and provide input on all documents to create desired final agreements

Fiscal Agency: 2% fiscal fee on funds managed and agreement to collaborate with Agrarian Trust. Only available for initiatives located within geographic areas of the local agrarian commons.

Consulting: Agrarian Trust provides fee-for-service consulting on the areas covered above at either a fixed cost or at the sliding scale rate of $80 to $120 per hour. The range noted provides transparency as to the full cost of the resources and services we provide. Agrarian Trust also has the ability to offer reduced cost, or at times no cost, when our clients are aligned with:

  • Principles, work, and vision of Agrarian Trust and the local Agrarian Commons
  • Justice and liberation work
  • Ability to innovate and create agrarian land models that can be instructive, supportive, and high impact

Contact us to inquire about our services.