Roanoke, VA. (WFXR) — Farmer, Owner and Operator of Garden Variety Harvests, Cameron Terry talks about the Agrarian Trust’s new innovation in land ownership.
This new model for community-centered farm ownership and tenure is called the Agrarian Commons. After several years of development and collaborative input, the Agrarian Commons is launching in 10 states across the country with twelve founding farms, totalling 2,400 acres of organic, diversified agriculture serving local foodsheds and communities.
Diversified agriculture is proven to regenerate soils, sequester carbon, and support healthy ecosystems.
The Agrarian Commons innovations in land ownership, tenure and access address two primary barriers for beginning and exiting farmers: the high cost of land and the high debt burden of modern agriculture. The model decommodifies land through locally governed Agrarian Commons to support farmland access for dispossessed farmers and farmers of color, value human relationships to the land, and return natural capital to land.