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Who Will Own and Steward US Land? Creating Coalitions to Fund an Agricultural Commons

October 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT

Presented by LIFT Economy
Co-sponsored by Resource Generation & SAFSF
Join LIFT Economy and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders on a webinar discussing innovative and diverse financing mechanisms for shared ownership of agricultural land and long-term ecological stewardship.

What is this webinar about and why is this important?

Accessing land is probably one of the most pernicious challenges faced by new farmers. Unaffordable land tenure is also one of the barriers to adoption of regenerative farming practices.

Inequities in farmland ownership provide one of the most glaring examples of the legacy of institutional racism (today, in the United States, approximately 98% of farmland is owned by white people).

In the next 17 years, according to the Agrarian Trust, 400 million acres of farmland will change hands – but unless we intervene, it won’t go into the hands of young, POC or Indigenous farmers nor stay in agricultural use.

Due to unrestrained development, unregulated speculative real estate markets, international investment, and a distorted subsidy system, the land that is turning over is too expensive for new and old farmers to acquire.

Who is this webinar for?

Program officers / Family foundations
Land Trust / Trust Developers
Impact Investors

What will I get?

In this webinar, we’ll explore creative ways to solve the land access and affordability problem and put land into commons ownership and regenerative stewardship.


Ian McSweeney, director, Agrarian Trust
Mariah McPherson, executive director, New Belgium Family Foundation
Olive Watkins, co-founder, Black Farmers Fund; board member, Soul Fire Farm; owner and farmer, Oliver’s Agroforest
Karen Washington, co-founder, Black Farmers Fund; owner and farmer, Rise & Root Farm
Amy Moreno-Sills, farm to farmer coordinator, PCC Farmland Trust

Areas of Impact:

Equity  |   Land Access  |   Rural Communities  |   Social Justice  |   Farm Succession  |   Infrastructure  |   Investment/Lending

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