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Spring Greetings and News from Agrarian Trust.
Agrarian Trust’s mission is to support land access for next generation farmers.

JOIN US /// April 26 + 27 in Berkeley, CALIFORNIA for OUR LANDA Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

With Joel Salatin, Kathy Ruhf, Gary Nabhan, Gloria Robinson, Wes Jackson, Raj Patel, Gayle Mclaughlin, Anuradha Mittal, Elizabeth Henderson, Eric Holt Gimenez, Reggie Knox and Severine v T Fleming



Reception and film screening of  “The Last Cropby Chuck Schultz to follow OUR LAND symposium, 5:30 pm @ Vital Systems CA 

At our two day symposium, we will 
address both practical and philosophical aspects of transition, through the lenses of history, ecology, political economy and direct experience. We'll talk about partnerships, equity-sharing, ethical investment, and the commons. We'll talk about regulation and reform, entrepreneurship and social movements. We'll talk about the long-term best interest of the land itself.

With such a  marvelous line-up of speakers joining to reflect on this topic, we expect a full room and a lively convening of stakeholders. All lectures will be recorded as podcasts for farmers and others who cannot make it in person. To get the lectures please join our email list. 


Agrarian Trust has been searching the countryside for unique stories about how farmers are finding and keeping the land they work. These Land Access Stories present a wide variety of solutions that we are compiling as Land Access Strategies.
Westchester County Food Bank:
In New York's Westchester County the food bank supports farms, farmers, and those in need through a unique land access agreement. Farmers use land owned by schools and state prisons to grow produce for local food pantry distributions. Students and inmates also share in the bounty: they learn to garden and take some of the edibles with them. Read that story here.

Read all of the farm stories, and share your own at here
In the next two decades, 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands, and the question of what will happen to that land when it reaches the market is crucial to the future of our food system.

Just in time for this pivotal land transition is a new generation of young farmers, eager to become stewards of our land and healthfully provide for their communities. However, these farmers face ever greater odds in accessing affordable and secure land tenure; the price of land in the US has skyrocketed in the past decade, and one acre of farmland is lost to development every minute. A sea change is needed to ensure secure, affordable tenure for this new generation of land stewards in this crucial moment of intergenerational land transition.

As a nation we face a landmark decision; we can lose our land to commodification, toxic monoculture and corporate concentration, or we can move this land into sustainable, regional food production with more farmers, more owners, more regional resilience. 

We aim to define a vision for how land access can positively shape a new kind of agrarian political economy, an ethos appropriate to current conditions, evolving the 18th century Jeffersonian land-use theory to reflect an updated mission: to retrofit, restore and resettle the land with prosperous farms serving the regional economy.

**Special thanks to our collaborating partners:

Chelsea Green Publishing, The David Brower Center, Berkeley Food Institute, California FarmLink and Roots of Change, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship, Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Farm Commons, Land Stewardship Project, National Young Farmers Coalition.

Check out NEW EPISODES on 
OURLAND.TV ///a webseries about rebuilding a regional food system.

**brought to you by The Greenhorns

May 3, 2014 


May 3, 2014: Negotiating Your Way to Land in Rensselaerville, NY at the Carey Conference Center 

SEE YOU THERE /// NEW FARMERS SUMMIT April 4-5 in Belleville, Wisconsin 

FYI /// Agrarian Trust also serves as a repository of information for service providers, farmers, and other interested and engaged parties: land newsland and job opportunities, podcasts & webinars, land access strategiesland access stories, and best practices in land transition. We’ve mapped hundreds of Resources for Land Access including: land trusts, investors in land, lawyers who specialize in agriculture, financial and business planning, succession planning, advocacy groups,  farmer training & guides; more resources are on the way. 

SEE /// Our Map 
Maps are the future for creating momentum and solidarity

READ /// Our Blog 
worldwide agricultural news about land access and land tenure.  

Agrarian Trust is a project of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.

FREE Guidebooks ///

AFFORDING OUR LAND a finance Literacy Guidebook for young farmers (and all farmers) to interpret the landscape of options available to farmers who wish to access land and credit for starting farm businesses. 

COOPERATIVE FARMING: Frameworks for Farming Together an in-depth resource for forming collaborative businesses and a how-to handbook on structuring and operating a group venture.  

All tax deductible donations can be made to:
Schumacher Center for New Economics
140 Jug End Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230


CONTACT US ///  funders, farmers, landowners, lawyers, supporters, we'd love to hear from you.
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