The West Virginia Agrarian Commons is a statewide project, founded by New Roots Community Farm and community supporters. This Agrarian Commons is committed to shifting agricultural land out of the commercial real estate market and ensuring its perpetual stewardship by West Virginia farmers, with the belief that decommodifying land can be an antidote to the extractive industries that have ravaged the state over two centuries.
Located in the southern part of the state, New Roots Community Farm is a diversified, women-led farm that has grown with community support and regenerative practices. In order to promote a more just and sustainable form of economic development, New Roots serves as a local food aggregation and distribution site, offers affordable leases to farmers, runs a demonstration farm for intensive vegetable production, and provides a variety of training and educational opportunities.
The West Virginia 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 Osage, Shawandasse Tula, S’atsoyaha, and Calicua peoples who live here in West Virginia.
The West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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.