NEFOC Land Trust Vision
To advance land sovereignty in the northeast region 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.
A land trust is a nonprofit, community-led organization that acquires land or easements for the purpose of conservation and permanent affordability/access for certain peoples.
We as Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian people have developed covenants with the land rooted in mutual respect and belonging, and invented technologies for sustainable and regenerative stewardship of the land. Some of us have inherited these covenants and technologies directly from our ancestral lineages, while others of us are in a decolonizing process and finding our way home to sacred relationship with land. The settler colonial projects of genocide, slavery, war, lynching, forced migration, broken treaties, exploitative trade agreements, and capitalism stand in the way of the restoration of that relationship with earth. White landowners currently control between 95-98% of the farmland in the United States and nearly 100% in the northeast. This is not an accident of history. The food system is build on the stolen land of Indigenous people and the forced labor and forced displacement of Black & Brown people from our ancestral territories. Access to land has been named as the #1 barrier for farmers of color to advance our work to feed the community and for Indigenous people to maintain our culture and sovereignty.