Please join us at the TCALT annual meeting — and food-land policy workshop, sharing case studies across three states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas. RSVP HERE
The August 7th pre-conference workshop for the Urban Food Systems Symposium is a free and open-to-the-public case study exchange between Minnesota (TCALT), Wisconsin (Global Land Alliance / Troy Gardens), and Kansas (Douglas County). (Noon showing of Arc of Justice, program from 12:30 – 3pm at Saint Paul Fellowship Church Hall, north of the Victoria Greenline stop.)
Martin Bailkey will be coming from Madison (Troy Gardens, and the Global Land Alliance) and Helen Schnoes will come from Kansas to join several Twin Cities hosts (including Valentine Cadieux, Stephen Carpenter, Lebo Moore, and others from the Twin Cities Community Agricultural Land Trust and collaborators), gathered for the occasion of the Urban Food Systems Symposium.
Our goal for our afternoon workshop on August 7th is to present core features of our work on access to land for food production near population centers in the context of metro / regional / statewide healthy food efforts, comparing efforts to support land access and policy change conversations — across three states with similar contexts, including vibrant regional food systems encouraging shifts to more supportive policy frameworks.
Shared themes include:
- connections between efforts to secure access to land for growing food and for affordable housing
- process of connecting policy makers and communities around land management for food uses (space for dialogue about solutions: examples include urban ag rules including new tax rules, farmers market)
- figuring out what aspects of policy context need to be better understood for effective action
The Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust is a community driven network that provides advocacy, holds land, facilitates and advocates for affordable ownership and/or leasing of agricultural land by growers, and connects stakeholders to resources and education for people seeking long term, affordable land access to grow food.
Our region will have permanent and sufficient land – with a diverse array of land tenure options – for people who seek to grow food and meet the food needs of local communities by using agricultural practices that sustain landscapes. Agriculture and food production will be recognized as a valuable land use and economic engine in our metropolitan region.
The Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust holds that permanent access to affordable land is the foundation of a healthy local food economy, including a commitment to:
- Public well-being associated with agricultural land use, including healthy soil, air, and water and the use of agricultural land use practices that sustain this well-being
- Community empowerment, focusing on equitable access to and control of land and models of land tenure that respect difference, collaboration, and inclusivity
How are we working to achieve this?
- We want to bring more people on board! Click here to sign up if you’re interested in volunteering — whether that’s for an event, a task, or committee and/or board work.
- Supported by a Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Community Based Research grant, TCALT is building a toolkit that pulls together and connects the rich resources and education that exist to fill the unmet need for food land access in the Metro area. Check out the Resource page for more information.
- Working with partners like the Sustainable Resources Center, the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance, and Gardening Matters, we are making steps toward holding land for food production.