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Roots & Branches

Roots & Branches: A Gardener’s Guide to the Origins and Evolution of the Community Land Trust is a digital archive of historical materials tracing the origins and evolution of the community land trust (CLT), as both a model and a movement.  This website is an outgrowth of a slide show created by John Emmeus Davis for the National CLT Network, entitled Roots of the CLT. Found at www.cltroots.org, it features colorful graphics by Bonnie Acker, enlivening the archive of photographs, videos, interviews, and documents. This collection will grow richer and fuller over time as local CLTs contribute historical materials of their own.

Equity Trust founder Chuck Matthei along with Board members and former staff Kirby White, David Abromowitz, Mary O’Hara, and Ellie Kastanopolis are prominently featured on the site, including in the Hall of Fame. Equity Trust’s work is also highlighted in the section entitled “Branching Out” (under From Model to Movement).