Local Food A Growing Trend For Land Trusts
While land trusts dedicated solely to preserving farmland have been around for decades, conventional land trusts – which traditionally aim to conserve wilderness areas – are also beginning to see preserving local farmland as fundamental to their mission. More and more land trusts are beginning to acquire farmland not to transition the land out of agricultural production, but rather to keep it as farmland. Acquiring farmland and then making it affordable to new farmers and transitioning land from traditional commodity crop – namely soy and corn – production to more sustainable practices helps address community needs, build regional agriculture and food systems, and – perhaps most importantly to traditional land trusts – can help improve the health and resiliency of the surrounding natural ecosystem.
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