Our Vision & Values
Land in Common is not just a land conservation organization. We seek to transform the relationship between people and the land. While protecting and caring for wild and agricultural land is one of our core activities, we see our work as part of a wider and deeper movement for liberation and transformation. We seek the intimate re-integration of humans with our more-than-human communities; the reparation and healing of injustices that have separated people from the land and privatized it for exclusive use and exploitation by a privileged minority; the cultivation of just and resilient forms of livelihood; and the creation and re-vitalization of resilient, inclusive cultures and communities of care, cooperation, and solidarity.
Land in Common seeks a world in which land is shared and cared for in common, where humans and other species flourish in interdependence.
Land in Common removes land from speculative markets and places it into a member-run trust, to be cared for over the long-term by its residents. We are creating a multi-generational land base for sustainable livelihoods that supports communities working for just, cooperative, and resilient futures.
- We believe that land is a vital source of life and sustenance. It is not a commodity.
- We believe that land access and security should not be tied to economic wealth.
- We believe that a home is a fundamental right of all living beings.
- We are committed to justice and anti-oppression in all of our work.
- We are committed to bold experimentation and to learning with humility.
- We are committed to cooperation, collaboration, mutual-aid, and direct democracy.
- We value the true wealth of sufficiency and “enoughness.”
- We honor the importance of spirituality, mindfulness, love, and joy.
- We are committed for the long haul, in the service of future generations.
- We strive to enact these values in the culture and structure of our organization.
Our mission is multi-faceted and holistic. We prioritize projects that:
- Sustain local, community-based agriculture and homesteading;
- Integrate human communities and livelihood activities with protected wild ecosystems;
- Create low-cost, limited-equity housing;
- Enact cooperative forms of living and working;
- Participate in collective efforts for social, economic, and ecological justice;
- Manifest direct participation and leadership by people most impacted by oppression.