The Montana Agrarian Commons is a statewide partnership that brings together a community land trust, an organic grain and crop farm, a stewardship education institute, and Agrarian Trust to support affordable and secure land access for regenerative food production, ecological stewardship, and education opportunities.
We aim to prioritize secure land tenure and equity building for diverse groups of people, including beginning farmers who would otherwise not be able to access land for agriculture due to prices, discrimination, and other socioeconomic barriers. The Montana Agrarian Commons is working with organizations, institutions, and governmental agencies in Montana to create opportunities for food-focused regenerative agriculture and financial stewardship throughout the state.
The Montana Agrarian Commons is located on traditional and ancestral lands of the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Chippewa, Cree, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kootenai, Little Shell Chippewa, Northern Cheyenne, Pend d’Oreille, Salish, and Sioux peoples 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 this land.
The landownership structure that currently exists in Montana has come about through generations of genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples, including federal policies like the Homestead Acts (passed between 1850 and 1916) and the Allotment Act of 1887. The Montana Agrarian Commons recognizes the importance of the history of Indigenous peoples in Montana and aims to work with tribal governments and other local community leaders. We strive to address the injustices of the past, and to this end, will work to ensure farm projects are beneficial to all the surrounding communities.
The Montana 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)(25) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”). Agrarian Land Trust, the parent corporation of Montana 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.