Land Access

Building Equitable Land Tenure Series


Equity Building in Collective Contexts 

with Attorney Kristin King-Ries

In collaboration with the Collective Models for Land Access Working Group, Agrarian Trust invited attorney Kristin King-Ries to discuss equity-building in Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and other shared equity ownership models. An insightful  discussion and Q&A followed. 

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Agrarian Trust combines efforts with multiple land access groups

As part of a new combined effort with the Farmland Access Hub Collective Models Working Group and Equitable Farmland Tenure groups, our upcoming events feature a series of guest speakers who share experience and expertise on collective land access and tenure efforts. Each speaker focuses on key topics relevant to many collective models (such as equity-building mechanisms, collective governance, and land justice).

The Collective Models group includes Katie Kubovcik, Valentine Cadieux, and Catie DeMets and the SARE Equitable Farmland Tenure organizing group includes Gary Hampton, Naima Dhore, Moses Momanyi, Valentine Cadieux, and Nathan Galaviz and Jean Willoughby from Agrarian Trust. 

Speaker Series Upcoming Dates: 

  •         Apr 30, 2024 12:00 PM EST
  •         May 28, 2024 12:00 PM EST
  •         Jun 25, 2024 12:00 PM EST
  •         Jul 23, 2024 12:00 PM EST
  •         Aug 27, 2024 12:00 PM EST

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A three part series held on July 19th, 26th and August 9th, 2021

Agrarian Trust and Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust co-hosted “Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers,” an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. 75 Service Providers from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine (25 per state) and up to 25 Land Access Workers from throughout the Northeast will participate in a series of three workshops of 2 hours each over 3 days (6 hours total). While the priority for this Co-Learning and Training is to reach participants in these three states, those from other Northeast states are welcome to register.

The schedule and topics for the series are listed below:

      Land-As-Commodity: History of Land Injustices
     Monday, July 19th, 2021 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm EST via Zoom

      The Land Tenure Power Structure in America
      Monday, July 26th, 2021 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm EST via Zoom

      Land-As-Community: Equitable Farmland Tenure Models and Case Studies
      Monday, August 9th, 2021 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm EST via Zoom

The goal is to provide a co-learning experience for Service Providers and other land access advocates to explore and understand the concepts, process and steps involved in creating community based, equitable land tenure strategies to support beginning and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color farmers in the Northeast.

Service Providers include:

  • Attorneys working with landowners on transitioning farmland
  • Land trust professionals working with landowners on preserving farmland
  • Cooperative Extension agents and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) specialists working with farmland owners and farmland seekers
  • Farm and food system advocates
  • Mentor farmers
Land Access Ambassadors include:
  • Community organizers engaged in creating equitable land access opportunities
  • Transitioning landowners
  • Beginning and Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian farmers, land stewards, earth tenders
An estimated 50% of these participants will be invited to participate in On-Farm Equitable Land Access Trainings in the fall of 2021, to be hosted by Agrarian Trust and Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust on various case study sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Fall trainees will then be asked to serve as Equitable Land Access Mentors for farmland owners and farmland seekers in their communities.

Note: These events have taken place.

This initiative is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number ENE21-169-35383.