A community land trust is a specific type of nonprofit organization that owns real estate and is governed by community residents in order to support local agriculture and food production, housing for low- and moderate-income residents, and other local priorities. Usually the farmers or residents also have a share of ownership to allow them to build equity; for example, in housing land trusts, often the CLT owns and leases out the land, but sells the housing structures to the occupants. This webinar introduced the concept of a CLT and examples of CLTs used in both an agricultural and a housing context.
This was the first webinar of our shared equity and collaborative ownership series. The speakers were, Nora Lichtash of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and Johanna Rosen of Agrarian Trust.
View future webinars in the series, including Webinar 2: Owning the Building, Leasing the Land, on Tuesday January 10 (register here). This webinar will feature guest speakers Don Zasada & Bridget Spann from Caretaker Farm and Sarah Marchant from ROC-NH.
You can view the recording of the webinar below. If you missed this webinar but are planning to attend future webinars in the series, watching the recording is not required (webinars should be able to stand alone) but is recommended (as they are deliberately sequenced to build on one another.)
Slides from the webinar are below as well, including the examples of community land trusts, both local and national, that were mentioned throughout the webinar. Two additional resources that may be of interest to you are:
- The recent webinar for farmers from Land for Good on Accessing Farmland Together
- And the recent webinar from the Vermont Racial Justice Housing Jam on community land trusts as a tool for addressing restricted access to housing for BIPOC communities (and check out the upcoming events in the Racial Justice Housing Jam series as well).