We want permanent access to quality land for food producers in the Twin Cities Metro. We advocate for a region that has 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 restore landscapes. Agriculture and food production will be recognized as a valuable land use and economic engine in our metropolitan region.
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 Resource Center and Gardening Matters, we are making steps toward holding land for food production.
Why does TCALT matter?
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
- Community empowerment, focusing on equitable access to and control of land in ways that respect difference, collaboration, and inclusivity
Our guiding principles and values include:
- Long-Term Land Access
- Community-Based Local Food Economy
- Equity and Justice
- Value of Farmers and Growers
- Public Benefit
- Community-Based Process