Tell me more about your guiding principles and values.
Long-Term Land Access: Permanent land access fosters stewardship of our soil resources, develops a deeper relationship between farmers and community members, and ensures preservation of healthy land for future food production.
Community-Based Local Food Economy: A strong local food economy has the potential to create resilience, wellness, and jobs within our communities. It is a powerful tool for reinvesting in land and communities where it has historically been extracted. It also encourages grass-roots structural change within the current struggling relationship between land and the urban dweller.
Equity and justice: We believe that growing food can be a pathway to justice and equity for all people. These are some elements of the equity we seek: farmers and gardeners access to the best land for food production, independent farmers have a level playing field in the marketplace, farmers and gardeners of color have equitable access to land, farm ownership and support. All people are able to create wellness through lifestyle choices that they choose, including eating healthy, culturally appropriate food.
Open-mindedness: We want to work together in a way that encourages new ideas and stretches our comfort zones. We value many solutions to every challenge. This fosters creativity, trust, and results in representative and decisive action.
Value of farmers and growers: Farmers are a critical part of agriculture, our society, and our economy. We seek to support farmers by fostering long term access to land. We will involve farmers in our work and decision making, and ensure that we are creating positive outcomes for all farmers, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.
Public benefit: We believe that increased land for agriculture improves peoples’ quality of life. The Public benefits are:
job creation, improved physical and mental wellness, environmental benefits from an increase in open, productive green space, more good food being grown and eaten.
Community based-process: We work in a democratic and community based way. We embody collaboration, action, respect, creativity, and transparency in our process. We believe in supporting existing community assets, sharing decisions, power, knowledge and resources among stakeholders. We are committed to seeking the participation and leadership of people of color, and being able to engage and empower people from many cultural backgrounds. We advocate for the value of farmers and farmland in our society.
What is a Land Trust and why is it important?
The Land Trust is nonprofit organization and a legal entity that facilitates the ownership or leasing of land for urban agriculture purposes, such as farmers markets, market gardening, urban farms and community gardens.
This Land Trust would acquire, hold, and steward land for urban and rural farming and community gardens, manage conservation easements, provide educational, legal and structural support to growers, and connect farmers with markets and community members. The organization would increase long term, stable land access for urban farmers and gardeners in order to create food and farming systems where people have equitable access to land for growing food, urban agriculture business opportunities, and access to good food. This Land Trust would also serve as a clearinghouse for those needing access for land for urban agricultural purposes, providing guidance, information, and assistance to practitioners in owning or leasing land.
What geographical area does the land trust serve?
Currently, we are focusing on the Twin Cities metropolitan area. We are open to dialogue with other areas should the opportunity arise.
How does it work?
How do I get involved? You can get involved in several ways: come to monthly advisory board meeting; become a member; join a committee or host one of our committee meetings; and/or submit a letter of interest about being part of the advisory board. Please visit our Contact page for more information about monthly meetings.