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Live Power Community Farm Expands

Live Power Community Farm Expands Stephen and Gloria Decatur of Live Power Community Farm have negotiated a long-sought opportunity to purchase ten abutting acres to add to their 40-acre farm. Live Power Farm was the first farm Equity Trust protected, back in 1995. At that time, Equity Trust worked closely with the farmers and their CSA members to craft and purchase an innovative agricultural conservation easement that pioneered both the use of resale restrictions to preserve affordability as well as farming requirements that ensure the land will always be used to produce healthy food for the region. Now...

Dimond Hill Farm Grows

Dimond Hill Farm Grows Dimond Hill Farm, a landmark property on the outskirts of Concord, New Hampshire, stewarded by Equity Trust, has just grown its land base by almost 25%. A working farm since the 1700s, Dimond Hill was protected in 2006, through a partnership among Equity Trust, the Trust for Public Lands, Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the NH Preservation Alliance, and the City of Concord. Under the ownership structure designed to permanently protect the farm and make it affordable for future farmers, Equity Trust owns title to the farm, the Conservation Trust and the Preservation Alliance both hold easements on the property, and the land is currently farmed by sixth generation farmer Jane Presby under a lifetime agreement.

Farm Aid features Jeff and Annie Main of Good Humus Farm

Farm Aid features Jeff and Annie Main of Good Humus Farm

Jeff and Annie Main, of Good Humus Produce in Capay, CA, have been featured in an article posted on the Farm Aid website. Read about the history of their farm and about their work with Equity Trust and with One Farm at a Time, an initiative of several California food co-ops to raise funds to preserve the sustainability of …

Film screening and panel at MIT on preserving farms

Film screening and panel at MIT on preserving farms

On April 4, 2013 Executive Director Jim Oldham joined filmmaker Chuck Schultz and others at MIT in Cambridge, MA, for a screening and discussion of The Last Crop, a film-in-progress sharing the story of Jeff and Annie Main and their efforts to permanently protect their Good Humus Farm in California’s Central Valley. Equity Trust has supported this effort for years, …

Presentations on farm preservation at NOFA and National CLT Conferences

Presentations on farm preservation at NOFA and National CLT Conferences

Equity Trust shared approaches for farm preservation at the NOFA Summer Conference in August  2012 and at the National CLT Conference in September 2012. On August 12, we led a workshop on Strategies and Tools for Saving Local Farms  at the annual summer conference of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) on the UMass campus in Amherst, MA. On September 13, …

Judith Haskel Brewer Fund makes
grant to Equity Trust Fund

In April 2012, the Judith Haskel Brewer Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia made a $15,000 grant in support of the Equity Trust Fund.…

Impact investing report features Equity Trust Fund

Impact investing report features Equity Trust Fund

The Equity Trust Fund is one of 20 funds profiled in Promoting Sustainable Food Systems Through Impact Investing, a report by The Springcreek Foundation aimed at helping socially responsible investors “play a critical role in the establishment and maintenance of regional sustainable food systems in the United States.”

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Saving Lands Magazine highlights Farms for Farmers

Equity Trust's work to preserve affordable farms was featured in the tools and resources section of the fall 2011 issue of the Land Trust Alliance's Saving Lands Magazine. Follow the link and scroll to the second page of the section.

FA Green reports on our farm preservation work

FA Green reports on our farm preservation work Equity Trust's farmland preservation work is featured in Follow the Food, in the March 2012 issue of FA Green, a magazine offering "strategies for sustainable, responsible, investing and giving."

Call for Stories! Please share your connection with Equity Trust or projects we have worked with

Equity Trust just celebrated our 20th anniversary! As we celebrate this history, we want to hear from you. In order to tell our story, we need yours. By gathering and sharing stories from people and organizations that have been part of this extraordinary work in one way or another, we hope to paint a broader picture of the movements we support and the vision that we share.