David Outman, Living Lands Trust
Kristina Villa, Villa Acres & The Farmers Land Trust
As the source of our food, the cradle of our communities, and the primary producer in our economies, land has always been, and will continue to be, vital to our individual and collective health and wellbeing. In an age characterized by the acronym, VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), the viability and security of food, water, soil, and other natural materials will become even more acute. Increasing interest and pressure on land suggests a corresponding need for land-centric organizations that can work innovatively amid rapid change and evolving social/environmental/economic conditions. While conservation land trusts have been “saving” land for wildlife and scenery for over a century, recent years have witnessed a blossoming of interest in the community and social impact of land conservation and a recognition of the importance of the community land trust model. Come learn about the evolving practices of land trusts through an exploration and discussion of The Farmers Land Trust and Living Lands Trust, two 21st century land trusts working across the country to build community and facilitate farmland transitions that create access for young farmers and historically marginalized communities. Through their collaborative and empowering work with farmers and communities, they offer examples, inspiration, and learning on new ways of being in relationship with land that suggests moving beyond a culture of property ownership to one of land stewardship.