Agrarian Commons Meeting

There will be a "Community Conversations to Build Agrarian Commons" meeting Oct. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here.

The Agrarian Commons is a new project designed to hold land in community-centered entities that are committed to shaping a just, resilient, healthy food system and farm economy. Here in Minnesota, as part of a national movement, we are starting the process of designing how a regional Agrarian Commons can best serve our communities. An initial catalyzing working group is forming to convene community conversations to design how Agrarian Commons can meet the needs of farmers for long-term access to affordable land to grow food for their communities and build livelihoods that support them and their families and communities.

Tell anyone you know who is willing to support:

  • Farmers: What kind of land and land tenure would support your goals? Do you have stories to share about how you have gained access to land, or how more land availability could help you?
  • Land-holders: Do you have land that could become an Agrarian Commons? Might you be able to donate land, or work with to raise funds through community donations and national and state programs?
  • Policymakers: How can you support the transition of land into Agrarian Commons?
  • Donors: Can you share resources that will allow Agrarian Commons to buy land?
  • Eaters: How can you support the farmers who feed you?

If you’d like to learn more about Agrarian Commons before the meeting, ask questions, and give feedback about framing and language, please participate in a welcome meeting Sept. 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Zoom.

Additional Information

Many of those who farm are living at or below the poverty line because of the ways in which land and agriculture are valued today. We are working to change that. Cousin projects in nine other states across the country from Montana to Maine to Virginia show how this is working.

Many more details are available on the Agrarian Commons Frequently Asked Questions page: https://agrariantrust.org/agrariancommons/faq.

The national page for Agrarian Commons can be found here: https://agrariantrust.org/agrariancommons.