How are Community Land Trusts Supporting Urban Agriculture?
Despite the plethora of social community benefits urban agriculture provides, communities often face insecure land tenure, which is often cited as the largest obstacle to establishing community gardens. A 1998 survey found 99.9 percent of respondents thought land tenure was not only a challenge but vital to the success of the urban agriculture movement. Jeffrey Yuen describes the necessity of “a reconceptualization of land as a finite, shared resource that should be held in stewardship to meet the requirements of present and future communities,” which community land trusts have the unique ability to do. Today, many community land trusts focus on issues of housing, but they originally emerged in the United States based on historic examples of community-owned agricultural land in response to agricultural issues in Georgia during the 1960s.