The agricultural easement will ensure that this farm will be held in
farming and food production for our community for generations to
A typical Conservation Easement which most Land Trusts or
organizations like The
Nature Conservancy use involves tax deductible donations to purchase
rights of a piece of land in order to preserve the open space and
resource characteristics of that land.
In our case the tax deductible donations will include but go beyond
restrictions so that future land owners will always be qualified
farmers, each owner
will re-sell the land at a price affordable to the next farmer, and
the land will
remain in sustainable food production. The Agricultural Easement
will be held, managed
and the restrictions monitored by a Pubic Land Trust organization,
whose purpose is to
hold and oversee these easements in the public interest.
In this way we take our land out of the world of land speculation
and place it in
the world of environmentally responsible food production, while also
reducing and stabilizing the land's value so that future farmers can afford to
purchase and work this land.
By removing the inflated visual, development, or home site value of
can make farms affordable and desirable to farmer’s generation after
Sustainability means we need to think beyond one generation, we need
to create ways
that these farms can be passed on and can continue to build
sustainable food production, a sustainable life style, and a
sustainable farm economy.
Just imagine if every person knew the farms growing food for them,
knew the farmer and their methods, knew the hands the foods went
through to get to their plate.
Our main goals are to create a partnership: food security for local
communities and land security for local farmers.
This partnership allows local communities and farms to work together
and take personal responsibility and credit for the creation and use
of a local or regional food production.
To achieve these
goals, we are creating a legal document called an Agricultural
Easement that will be attached to the deed to our property.
The Easement and
The Easement will stipulate that this land must be farmed; the
farmer must live
on the farm; and the farmer’s income must come from farming.
Benefits to the community:
A direct connection to the people and place where our food is
The security of knowing the farmland we depend on now will be
sustainably farmed, for future generations.
The gift of a beautiful, biologically diverse site where we and our
can visit to learn about agriculture, ecology, nutrition, and
healthy living practices.
To name a few...
We are asking our community
to be a part of organizing and financing an agricultural