Who IS NEFOC LAND TRUST?
The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC), fiscally sponsored by Soul Fire Farm Institute, Inc., began as an informal alliance of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian farmers making our lives on land in the Northeast region. Currently at over 220 members, we are seeking to advance land sovereignty through permanent and secure land tenure for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers and land stewards who will use the land in a sacred manner that honors our ancestors dreams - for sustainable farming, human habitat, ceremony, native ecosystem restoration, and cultural preservation.
Starting in January 2019, we began developing the organization’s non-hierarchical governance structure; partnering with allied and sibling organizations such as Agrarian Trust, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, and the First Light Listening Journey; and are building awareness of our the issues that drive our work through participation on panel discussions and keynotes at events such as Land in Black Hands, the Black Land and Power Summit, the NY Land Conservation Conference, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (Vermont) Conference, and various food equity gatherings. We are also focusing on the development of our governance structures through an Interim Council; organizational development; strategic planning; and establishing programming, such as a strategy to co-create a meaningful and respectful consultation policy with Indigenous communities of the Northeast.
Relationship Buidling & Laying the Foundation
development of a robust, meaningful, co-created Indigenous community consultation protocol
Collaboration with Allied and Sibling organizations working to advance land sovereignty
refining our business and communications plans;
development of membership benefits and management strategies;
solidifying our governance structure and elect a Board of Directors;
and securing funding and financing for operations of our land trust.
Land & Cultural Conservation
acquire and return 400 acres of land to POC farmers and land stewards in the next decade
Develop Cultural Respect Easements to reconnect Indigenous land stewards with our homelands;
Harness the power of the legal tools such as reparations offerings, purchasing title, & cultural respect easements, the Land Trust will pave the way to reclamation of land access and stewardship for BIPOC Farmers, doubling the number of BIPOC farmers in the Northeast.
PubLic Outreach & Awareness Building
Promote and celebrate reparations for BIPOC farmers;
Create awareness of BIPOC land loss, food apartheid, and land conservation through public & community engagement and media projects.