We are a tiny nonprofit pioneering a new model of land ownership that is as old as human
civilization — community ownership of land.
Community ownership of land was the norm a thousand years ago. Shared land was called the commons because everyone had access to the land and a responsibility to steward the land for the common good. We live in a very different world today, but our basic needs are still the same — life’s essentials: water, food, fuel and shelter. Life’s essentials come from the land.
In the Berkshires, access to land is critical to our food security and the sustainability of our economy, but often land is unaffordable to the people who live and work here. Community ownership of land empowers us to manage land prices and allocate land resources for farms, housing and business. When the community owns land in perpetuity, it can ensure permanent affordability from one generation to the next, and manage land assets for strategic purposes, such as community-supported industry and homes for young families. That kind of security encourages long-term investment, entrepreneurship and a more resilient economy.