The Puget Sound Agrarian Commons began with a ten-acre farmland gift on Whidbey Island, and exists to advance food sovereignty and farmland viability in Washington State. In the context of escalating land prices in the region and historically rooted structural barriers to BIPOC land tenure, the Puget Sound Agrarian Commons acts to represent and resource Indigenous and POC collective stewardship goals and land tenure security.
Black Seed Agroecology Farm & Village is the first farm to join the Puget Sound Agrarian Commons. Black Seed is a project of Modest Family Solutions, and grows food to gift and sell to BIPOC communities, facilitates youth agroecology education, and helps to establish economic stability and a dignified food supply chain.
The Puget Sound Agrarian Commons is located on ancestral lands of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suquamish, Snohomish, and other Coast Salish nations, who have lived in relationship with these lands and waters since time immemorial. We honor their elders, past and present and commit to supporting Coast Salish sovereignty in word and action.
Much of this land is unceded and in many cases these territories were stolen, seized, or otherwise acquired through genocidal actions of the state and settler colonizers. The first farm to join the Puget Sound Agrarian Commons is Black Seed Agroecology Farm & Village which is located on Whidbey Island or in one Salish language Tscha-kole-chy. Tscha-kole-chy was ceded to the United States in 1855 through the Treaty of Point Elliott. We recognize the rights and injustices of this treaty and the ongoing legacy here in the Puget Sound.
Despite their participation in the Treaty of Point Elliott, the Duwamish tribe, on whose land Seattle is located, have been denied federal recognition. As a show of solidarity and a small step toward offering compensation, Agrarian Trust makes a monthly payment toward Real Rent Duwamish.
Please visit native-land.ca/maps/territories/puget-sound-salish/ to learn the names and histories of the Coast Salish Nations who live here in the Puget Sound and coastsalishgathering.com to support ongoing organizing.
The Puget Sound Washington 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 Puget Sound Washington 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.