Agrarian Trust Videos: National Concepts and Discussions

Individual Agrarian Commons Videos

Other Land Access Videos

Agrarian Trust: Rethinking Farmland Access & Tenure with Kristina Villa at the 2022 WFAN conference

December 2022

Kristina Villa presents on the Agrarian Trust and Agrarian Commons model and how we are thinking and rethinking farmland access across the country.


Richmond Racial Equity Essays Video Interviews: Duron Chavis

November 2021

Activist, urban farmer and Happily Natural Day Executive Director Duron Chavis discusses his passion for food justice and the need for Black land ownership if we are to achieve true justice and liberation.


Southeast Tennessee Young Farmers Coalition: Land Access Discussion at Sequatchie Cove Farm

July 2022

The Southeast Tennessee Young Farmers Coalition hosts Kristina Rossi Villa from Agrarian Trust at Sequatchie Cove Farm for a presentation and potluck. Kristina shares about how now more than ever ensuring that next generation farmers have access to land is important, provides an overview of Agrarian Trust’s projects and initiatives, and invites attendees to get involved!


CAFF 2022 Small Farm Conference: Land Conservation & Land Equity

March 2022

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. 

uwp: Beyond Land Acknowledgment 04 w/ Agrarian Trust

March 2022

Rhys-Thorvald Hansen & Ian McSweeney from Agrarian Trust discuss equity, structure, and the guiding principles of Agrarian Trust.

NFU Farmland Presents Agrarian Trust on Alternative Forms of Land Tenure

February 2022

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.

New Model Helps Farmers Access Land — Ep. 080

February 2022
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.

Regional Conservation Partnership Network Gathering – 2021 Highlights 

December 2021

More than 300 attendees from across the Northeast and beyond joined conservation and land justice leaders, including Ian McSweeney from Agrarian Trust, on November 18 at the 2021 Regional Conservation Partnership Network Gathering. Here are the highlights!


Land Access & Social Justice Panel Discussion | Dr. Gabriela Pereyra | Amy Manzelli | Ian McSweeney

September 2021

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.

The Agrarian Commons Model

May 2021

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.

Land is the Basis of Freedom Malcolm X

December 2009

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.

How to Rematriate the Land

November 2021

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.”

Audio Recording of Marie Cirillo, “Stories from An Appalachian Community”

October 2000

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.”

LAND SUPPORT: Understanding the Complexity of Land produced by Ulie Henrik Streckenbach


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.”

To Market: Growing an Economy Around Food, The Vermont Farmers Food Center

April 2013

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 Farm, Future Farmers in the Spotlight


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 – “Challenges of Collective Action”

November 2008

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…”

Discussion on Farmland Access with Sjoerd Wartena and Veronique Rioufol from Terre de Liens

May 2014

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, Founder of the Land Institute, Speaking at Our Land Symposium

May 2014

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…”

Agriculturalist Blanc: Wine Makers Speak Out for Young Farmers

May 2014

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).

Songs of the Agrarian Resistance

“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.

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