Land access, affordability, and secure tenure are critical challenges for beginning farmers. Communities can help address these issues for farmers. This online workshop will explore innovative land tenure tools being used by farmers across the country and highlight Agrarian Trust’s approach to land ownership that offers long-term tenure with opportunities to build equity. We will discuss working with a land trust or farmland preservation board and agricultural easements, land leasing structures, and local issues that affect land access in the region.
Johanna Rosen brings her passion for fostering connections and commitment to advancing racial and economic justice and community control of land to Agrarian Trust’s work through the Commons Alliance. Previously, Jo worked with Equity Trust, collaborating with farmers and land trusts to ensure affordability and security of farmland through shared ownership arrangements that benefit communities and promote equity, and with the Food Solutions New England network as Community Organizer and Communications Coordinator. She spent over a decade working in urban agriculture and farm-based education in Philadelphia including as co-founder and Director of the Mill Creek Farm. Jo grows food and stewards seeds on Pocumtuc land in Massachusetts.
Kristina Villa is a farmer, communicator, and community coordinator who believes that our connection to the soil is directly related to the health of our bodies, economy, and society. With over a decade of social media experience and over seven years of vegetable farming and cattle management experience, Kristina enjoys using her skill sets to share photos, stories, and information which help to inspire change in human habits and mindsets, causing the food system, climate, and overall well-being of the world to improve.