|I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the fruits of fall. I’m excited to share that this summer, we launched the Southwest Virginia Agrarian Commons to ensure land access for the next generation of farmers and permanently remove agricultural land from the speculative market. You can read more about Agrarian Commons throughout the US here: https://agrariantrust.org/agrariancommons/.
Right now, we are seeking land to support a diversified, community-centered farm and secure tenure for Garden Variety Harvests. Many of you know Cameron and Chloe, and the beautiful produce and value-added food they grow and create in Roanoke City on leased and borrowed land. The Southwest Virginia Agrarian Commons is seeking a property, through land donation or crowdfunded acquisition, to then convey affordable and equitable lease tenure to Garden Variety Harvests. And we need your help! Will you help us spread the word about Agrarian Commons and the land we’re seeking?
The property search criteria can be found here, and includes: 10-15 total acres, within an hour’s drive of Grandin Village Farmers Market in Roanoke, that includes 3-8 tillable flat acres to support vegetable farming; a residential home or possibility for future home; road frontage to attract customers to an on-site farm stand and cafe; and zoning that allows commercial sales, ag use, and residential use; and farm buildings and infrastructure are a plus!
If you own land that fits the search critieria or know a landowner who does,contact us! You can also donate to the Southwest Virginia AC land acquisition fund. We’ve also got some information on the benefits of creating a legacy through gifting land into the Agrarian Commons.