Podcasts & Videos
Listen to these national conversations that lead to action and understanding of the regenerative farming movement and the Agrarian Commons land model, both of which are at the foundation of a new, just and equitable economy.
- November 2021
Episode 121: Agrarian Land Trusts
When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine
- September 2021
Capay Valley Agrarian Commons/ Agrarian Trust with Kendra Johnson of Agrarian Trust
The Co-op Scoop Podcast
- July 2021
Ian McSweeney of Agrarian Trust
The Collaborative Farming Podcast
- July 2021
Episode 38: Land Access Solutions in the Agrarian Commons Model with Ian McSweeney
Farm Commons Podcast
- July 2021
Landed: Landscapes of Hope with Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Farmerama Radio Podcast
- June 2021
Planting Seeds of Peace with “The Pied Piper for the Planet” Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Codepink Radio Podcast
- January 2021
Severine von Tscharner Fleming interviews Indra Shekhar Singh about India & Democracy
- January 2021
Ian McSweeney on Making Regenerative Farming Work through New Land Ownership Models
Worlds in Transition Podcast
- January 2021
WV Group Aims to Acquire Former Coal Land for New Farmers
Public News Service Podcast
- January 2021
Ian McSweeney & The Agrarian Commons
Designers of Paradise Podcast
- January 2021
Saving Farmland, Supporting Young Farmers
David Bollier Podcast
2020 and Previous Podcasts
- December 2020
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, On the Commons to Which We Belong
On the Wild Podcast
- November 2020
Updates on Green Bonds in Regen Ag and Land Ownership in the Commons
Soil Builders Podcast
- October 2020
Episode 18 Severine von Tscharner Fleming
What Could Possibly Go Right Podcast, a project of the Post Carbon Institute
- August 2020
Bringing farmland back into the hands of our communities with Ian McSweeney
Abundant Edge Podcast
- March 2019
Money Where Your Mouth Is: Investing in a Healthy Food System
Quivra Coalition Down to Earth Podcast
Agrarian Trust Videos: National Concepts and Discussions
Agrarian Trust Playlist
Individual Agrarian Commons Videos
Agrarian Commons Playlist
In June of 2020, the Somali Bantu Community Association, a founding member of the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons, toured a prospective 106-acre organic farm in Wales, Maine as part their journey to find a permanent home for their organization and land security for over 210 families who participate in the SBCA’s Liberation Farms program. On August 24, 2020 – just a few months later – $367,000 was raised and the land was acquired. This is permanent land transformation. The Agrarian Commons holds land in perpetuity, protected against future development, and conveys equitable, renewable leases to farmers and communities for 99-year renewable terms. Film by Alexander Sutula
Other Audio or Visual Land Access Media
Community Alliance with Family Farmers hosts Kendra Johnson of Agrarian Trust and others in a discussion about the intersection between land tenure, conservation, and equity. The conversation specifically focuses on how land trusts and public agencies are re-thinking their approach to conservation in order to center equity and empower a new generation of farmers and land stewards.
NFU Farmland Presents Agrarian Trust on Alternative Forms of Land Tenure
NFU’s Farmland Committee hosts Ian McSweeney Organizational Director of Agrarian Trust to discuss the principles of the organization, its history and structure, the work it does creating individual agrarian commons and the commons alliance, and some context on US agriculture and land trusts.
American Fashion Model Summer Rayne Oakes interviews Kristina Villa and Ian McSweeney of Agrarian Trust as part of her research on collective living models. The interview is shared on Summer’s Youtube channel, Flock Finger Lakes, a communal living and working environment in upstate New York.
Three voices offering collective wisdom on the topic of equitable farmland access with Dr. Gabriela Pereyra of the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Ian McSweeney of Agrarian Trust and the Agrarian Commons, and Amy Manzelli of BCM Environmental & Land Law.
Presenters Kim Kirkbride of New River Land Trust and Eliza Spellman Taylor of Agrarian Trust discuss Agrarian Trust’s work to ensure tomorrow’s farmers have affordable access to farmland.
We will often refer to this video. It is a powerful message containing much of our signature cornerstone concepts, that land is, indeed, the basis of freedom.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center hosts this presentation How to Return Land in Lisjan Territory to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. This 1.5 hour video presents in-depth practical consideration for practitioners, property owners, and supporters with topics ranging from deeds, titles, and dual agencies to Indigenous concepts, ethics, and views on stewarding land.
“When we objectify the land, we objectify ourselves.”
When asked by Vice President Gore what she would do if elected President, Marie Cirillo said she would introduce a program of land reform. For thirty-three years Marie Cirillo has lived and worked in Clairfield, Tennessee, located in a valley hemmed in by two big mountains, and made up of a network of twelve unincorporated communities most of which are former coal camps.
“It is as immoral to own land
as it is to own slaves.”
Landsupport is a project developed by a group of specialists from the University in Naples (Italy). It aims to create a tool that helps different stakeholders of land, making better, more sustainable decisions on their most important resource – the soil.
“Soil is the heart of our land.”
Facing steep odds and a chorus of naysayers, community members in Rutland have transformed a blighted industrial site into a dynamic new agricultural center – a driver of better health, new businesses and expanding markets built around locally grown food. This film highlights the first major milestone in the VFFC’s rise – the opening of the new Winter Farmers Market, the largest in the state. It also spotlights a new generation of young farmers who are now growing and innovating year round with the support of the community, the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link and the VFFC. Together, they are working to write a new story for the future of Rutland and its economy.
Tuinderij De Stroom is an organic vegetable farm in a small village in the Netherlands. It is owned and managed by three young women who have proven that it is still possible to start land-based farming activities with low financial investments.
Eric Freyfogle is a Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He talks about conservation, aquifers, and the call to “do something” and what that involves. “It is our inablity to act together, to come together, and to make collective good decisions, and we’re hardly even working on that…”
This interview with Sjoerd Wartena and Veronique Rioufol from the Terre de Liens initiative in France was prepared for April 27th, 2014 as part of OUR LAND: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century.
Wes Jackson spoke at OUR LAND: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century. “We came as a poor people to a seemingly empty land that was rich in resources. And we built our institutions from that perception of reality…and now we’ve become rich people in an increasingly poor land that is filling up, and the institutions don’t hold…”
Introducing Frey Organic Agriculturist Blanc, in honor of all young farmers of America and the world!
“Agricultural subsidies encourage the overproduction of commodity crops which makes it hard for small, independent farms to survive…”
Food, Farms and History: A Conversation with Michael Pollan, 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Historial Association
Michael Pollan: “When Thorough talks about weeds, he talks about them having a prior right to this land because they were here first, overlooking the fact that weeds are not wild, but are very much a product of agriculture…on both Emerson and Thorough’s part, there is almost a willful desire to see this blunt opposition between nature and culture, of which most of my work has been trying to break that down.”
At the American Historical Association’s 127th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Panel: Michael Pollan, Brian Donahue (Brandeis University), Deborah Fitzgerald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Donna R. Gabaccia (University of Minnesota Twin Cities).
“Keep Politics Off of Your Farm” is just one of a 9 track compilation entitled Grange Future mini-album by Jeremy Fleishman, Severine Fleming and Brian Dewan. The Greenhorns, 2014.