Agrarian Trust and the Capay Valley California Agrarian Commons are currently seeding relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with stakeholders, organic farm schools, immersive nature schools, community land trusts, farmer training and support organizations, and others engaged in the land and connected to the unique Capay Valley—a microregion bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains that is known for its small farms and cooperative networks.
Update, March 2022
Here in the Capay Valley, the pandemic has driven prices for rural properties even higher than they already were. A great many of the valley’s established diversified organic farms will see their founders retire in the next decade. We must secure opportunities for new farmers to keep our rural communities alive and thriving.
The 245-acre agricultural property that brought us together in 2019 was sold to another buyer. Agrarian Trust invested over two years into the CVAC, and in 2022 is now redirecting staff capacity elsewhere until our board of directors is able to find and secure a viable new land project.
We still need your support! We are continuing to keep our ears to the ground. We welcome your ideas, capacities and energy. If a new land opportunity should give rise to a viable project, AT will provide support with deal structure, fundraising, lease development, and more. We aim to secure several farms in the coming years, as many as a dozen over time.
If you know of a landowner considering their legacy – or someone with means to help us build this foundation – please consider the Capay Valley Agrarian Commons. Your support matters, in all forms. Please be in touch!
The Capay Valley California Agrarian Commons is located on traditional and ancestral lands of a number of Indigenous peoples and nations, who have lived in relationship with these lands since time immemorial. We honor their elders, past and present. Much of this land is unceded, and in many cases, these territories were stolen, seized, or otherwise acquired through genocidal actions of the state, colonizers, and settlers.
As an organization primarily of settlers, we are committed to renewing our relationships with Indigenous peoples, and supporting Indigenous sovereignty through word and action. Please visit native-land.ca to learn the names and histories of the Patwin peoples who live here in the Capay Valley.
The Capay Valley California Agrarian Commons is organized and shall be operated exclusively for the purpose of holding title to property, collecting income therefrom, and turning the entire amount, less expenses to the AGRARIAN LAND TRUST within the meaning of Section 501(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”). Agrarian Land Trust, the parent corporation of Capay Valley Agrarian Commons, is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) and described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.