Growing Equitable Rural Land Access

Access to land shapes our abilities to sustain ourselves and our communities, to build culture rooted in place, to grow collective wealth, and to learn to live responsibly with the ecologies that make our lives possible. Many Mainers, however, are thwarted from secure land tenure by economic, racial, and other inequalities. In response to the urgent need for communities experiencing land injustice to access land for housing, food production, and community healing, in 2021, we are beginning a project that connect land seekers with permanent land tenure. 

How will it work? 

  • We will partner with land-seekers from communities most impacted by inequality to identify community land aspirations
  • We will then find willing donors and/or sellers of well-suited land, pursue necessary steps to transfer this land into our community land trust structure, redistribute the long-term use and care of this land to the new land stewards, and provide ongoing support to ensure long-term success on the land.

Next steps:

We are in the process of fundraising to support a Land Access Organizer to initiate and lead collaborations with land-seekers, and to lead the technical dimensions of land search and acquisition. 

If you are seeking long-term land tenure, know of others who are, or have land you wish to donate to support this project, we would love to hear from you!