Central Virginia Agrarian Commons
New River Valley, VA
Roanoke River Valley, VA
Purpose: Support BIPOC control of land for farming and generating a sustainable food supply.
Land Holdings: Currently looking for land, they are searching for urban land and there is also a land gift in development.
Governance Notes: Will have a 99 year lease and tripartite board.
Confluence Agrarian Commons
Loudon County, VA
Purpose: Preserve the agrarian landscape while creating an equitable, land-based community for generations to come.
Land Holdings: In organizing processes of fundraising and obtaining land.
Governance Notes: In process of developing bylaws and land lease agreement.
Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Still in preliminary stages of acquiring funding and land.
Date Incorporated: 2016
Purpose: Affordable housing for low to moderate income households.
Land Holdings: They have 41 homes which have been sold or are under contract.
Governance Notes: Governed by volunteer board of directors.
Additional Information: They run the Richmond Land Bank, which is able to receive vacant or tax-delinquent properties and turn them into affordable housing. They also run the Homeowner Bridge Lease-to-Own Program, which increases potential homeowners ability to afford a house.
Date Incorporated: 2008
Purpose: Create homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate-income families.
Land Holdings: Own or have sold 31 homes with an additional 6 to be purchased and sold by the end of 2022.
Governance Notes: 90 year lease, governed by a board of volunteer community members and home owners.
Partners: Operations managed through Piedmont Housing Alliance. Additional partners can be found here.
Southwest Virginia Agrarian Commons
Purpose: Support small-scale food production and habitat diversity and counter high rates of prime farmland loss.
Land Holdings: Garden Variety Harvests, a microfarm with 8,000 square feet of gardened bed space. The New River Land Trust is also a partner and has conserved over 55,000 acres of farmland, forests, historic places, and open spaces. They are working to acquire more land and working farmland.
Governance Notes: 99 year lease, tripartite board
Partners: Works with Virginia Tech's Catawba Sustainability Center as an educational partner.
Date Incorporated: 2021
Purpose: Combat the housing crisis in Virginia through the creation of a land trust with affordable housing.
Land Holdings: Currently in early stages of obtaining land and funding.