Secure Lands for Urban Agriculture

a one-day regional symposium on

Developing models of secure tenure for urban community farms

Friday, December 12, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Equity Trust is hosting a gathering of urban agriculture practitioners in the Northeast region of the US to share experiences and challenges around land tenure and to develop strategies for strengthening land security and opportunities for collaborative action. We are also inviting participation of partners and allies.

By focusing on the issue of land tenure, the symposium will facilitate the exchange of ideas that can develop into solutions, ranging from best practice recommendations, to capacity building, to identification of possible model projects that address participants’ particular tenure needs.

  • There is no cost to attend; lunch will be provided.
  • See Schedule Overview for the agenda.
  • Participation is by invitation; if you’d like to be invited, please send an email to johanna[at] describing your work and your interest in the event.
  • Advance registration is required by October 22, 2014; space is limited.


Information for attendees

Equity Trust will be hosting the symposium at the  NACUL Center in Amherst, MA, located at 592 Main St., on the corner of North Whitney Street.

The building entrance faces N. Whitney Street. We will be meeting downstairs in the lower floor gallery. (The building is accessible for wheelchairs – please let us know if stairs are an obstacle and we will arrange for an alternative entrance.)

Public transit:

We are located just outside of Amherst Center, a very short walk from the Amherst Amtrak station and a 15-minute walk from the Amherst Center bus stops, both local (PVTA) and long distance (Greyhound/Peter Pan).

Please note: the UMass Amherst stop and Megabus’ Amherst stop (on Route 9) are farther and passengers would need to connect by a local bus, bike, longer walk, or coordinate a ride.


Please help us minimize the footprint of the event and share a ride if you can! We have set up an Event Group Rideshare through Ridebuzz and will send invitations to join upon registration.


Onsite parking (behind the building, enter on N. Whitney Street) is limited and should be reserved for those who can not walk easily and other building users – street parking is available across Main Street along South Whitney Street or on the side streets off of North Whitney. No parking is allowed on N. Whitney Street. Anyone who parks along N. Whitney in close proximity to the building will be towed at the owner’s expense.


We are just down the street from Amherst College so we’re sharing their listings for local Hotels and B&Bs.