In response to increased food insecurity resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and recession, in the spring of 2020 we partnered with Presente! Maine and the Resilience Hub to create the Maine Land Share Project. The Maine Land Share Project connects gardeners seeking land to grow food with landowners willing to share garden space. Through this effort, we have successfully matched gardeners with landowners at 15 sites across Maine, 12 of which provide land access and gardening support to BIPOC, trans, and low-income people. Presente! Maine’s land share site, located on our land in Greene, has produced hundreds of pounds of fresh food for free community distribution in Portland and Lewiston/Auburn.
Over the next two years, Land in Common will focus its work on two additional main areas, each complementing the other in a holistic approach to cultivating cooperative land ownership, equitable land access, and sustainable interdependence between human livelihoods and wild ecosystems:
We intend to build an advisory council around each of these areas, inviting organizers from most-affected communities as well as people with other kinds of relevant experience and expertise to help us shape each project so that this work is accountable, effective, connected, and truly transformative.
In addition to these core projects: we are continuing our work of land care and protection on our original parcel in Greene, in collaboration with Wild Mountain Cooperative; we are engaged in a number of conversations with organizational partners about new collaborations (we’ll announce these as they emerge); we are exploring possibilities for land-based reparations; and we continue to offer education, resources, technical support, and solidarity networking to other groups about cooperative land arrangements and community land trusts.
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