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Resources for Learning More

 This page is full of links to useful websites and interesting organizations.  If you want to:
  • Find land for farming by partnering with a land trust or looking at these resources for farmers needing land.

COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS AND COMMUNITY ECONOMIES

The National Community Land Trust Network
The National Community Land Trust Network (the Network) was incorporated in 2006 to provide support and leadership for CLTs around the country. 

Burlington Associates Community Land Trust Resource Center
The Burlington Associates first added a “CLT Resource Center” to its website in 2005, making freely available a majority of the training materials, technical documents, and research reports that our partners had produced over many years while assisting both new and mature CLTs. Our purpose in collecting, updating, and sharing these materials has been to raise the standard of practice throughout the worldwide CLT movement.

The Institute for Community Economics
The Institute for Community Economics is a federally certified Community Development Financial Institution that makes loans for permanently affordable housing across the United States.  ICE is the originator of the community land trust (CLT), a housing model that develops equity for homeowners while preserving public subsidy and affordability in perpetuity.

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics
To educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system.  The Schumacher Center for a New Economics is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. It is heir to the Legacy programs of the E. F. Schumacher Society founded in 1980.

Equity Trust
Equity Trust is a small, national non-profit organization committed to changing the spirit and character of our material relationships. We help communities to gain ownership interests in land and other local resources, and we work with people to make economic changes that balance the needs of individuals with the needs of the community, the earth, and future generations.

 

LOCAL CONSERVATION LAND TRUSTS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust protects significant natural, agricultural, and scenic areas and encourages land stewardship in North Central and Western Massachusetts for the benefit of the environment, the economy and future generations.

Franklin Land Trust
The Franklin Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists farmers and other landowners who seek to protect their land from unwanted development. The Land Trust does not seek to own land, but instead encourages private stewardship

Kestrel Land Trust
Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.

RESOURCES FOR FARMERS NEEDING LAND

New England Land Link (NELL)
NELL is a program to help farmers and landholders locate and transfer farms in New England. Finding and transferring farms are among the biggest challenges that New England farmers face. Since 1994, NELL has helped hundreds of entering and relocating farmers find farms. Through NELL, farm owners and managers have found farmers for their valued farm properties.

Massachusetts NOFA - Unclassified Ads
NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet. The "unclassified" ads on their website include a section for land wanted and offered.

USDA Grants and Loans
The US Department of Agriculture offers a number of housing and farm loans and grants.

COMMUNITY AND GROUP LIVING OPTIONS

The Fellowship for Intentional Community
The Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. We provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities. Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision.

The Cohousing Association of the United States
The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) mission is to promote the awareness and development of cohousing and to provide sustenance to existing cohousing communities in the United States.  Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods.

The Cooperative Development Institute
Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the Northeast's center for cooperative business education, training and technical assistance. CDI's mission is to build a vibrant co-operative economy through the creation and development of successful co-operative enterprises in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York.

What are Community Land Trusts?

Community Land Trusts (CLT) are a form of common land ownership based on the principles of sustainable and ecologically-sound stewardship and use. They differ from conservation land trusts primarily in that they are concerned with long-term productive use of the land, especially housing.

Most commonly, CLT-owned land provides opportunities for affordable home ownership. Individuals own their own homes and lease the land for 99 years. The lessees become stewards of the land, not owners.


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