CLT Land Trusts
Schumacher Society becomes The New Economics Institute
Complete guide to making land trusts:
I frequented Great Barrington since the 60’s watching the Schumacher Society unfold its Berkshare dollars, in awe of its inner feisty synergy of cosmological leaders, stoping on the way to learn from mycologists at town markets, arriving on sacred ground at the lectures that would next be published in a pamphlet series that saw bioregionalists well supported. The introductions presaged those of the Bioneers, as dense & original as the lecturers being presented. I appreciated that 1-2 punch! In the 90’s Tad Montgomery  was a fixture there, he had taught us to make constructed wetlands that turned humanure to yield white water. & John Mohawk described the Icebergs melting in Greenland with grave warnings. This was a place of great conscience. It was no wonder that I was struck with the fancy of creating one-day a Land Trust I tweaked in the mid 90’s to something revolutionary: Permaculturists & artists inventing together new life systems models on some unknown land I would miraculously acquire (not happened yet).     -SuperSkyWoman
Community Land Trust (CLT) is a form of common land ownership with a charter based on the principles of sustainable and ecologically-sound stewardship and use. The land in a CLT is held in trust by a democratically-governed non-profit corporation. Through an inheritable and renewable long-term lease, the trust removes land from the speculative market and facilitates multiple uses such as affordable housing, village improvement, commercial space, agriculture, recreation, and open space preservation.  Individual leaseholders own the buildings and other improvements on the land created by their labor and investment, but do not own the land itself.  Resale agreements on the buildings ensure that the land value of a site is not included in future sales, but rather held in perpetuity on behalf of the regional community.
The first community land trust was formed in 1967 in Albany, Georgia by Robert Swann and Slater King, seeking a way to achieve secure access to land for African American farmers. The movement has grown to include over 200 community land trusts throughout the US and is widely understood as the best model for developing permamently affordable homeownership opportunities in regions of escalating land prices. A new National Community Land Trust Association has formed to respond to the growing needs of its member organizations.

The Community Land Trust: A Guide to a New Model for Land Tenure in America
by Robert Swann et al. International Independence Institute
Published by the Center for Community Economic Development, Cambridge, MA, 1972.

The story of land is older than the story of man. Land came first; no man created it. Every society, large or small, must devise ways in which its members will share this gift. This is allocation (1). Members of the society must also determine under what conditions the land will be passed on to the next generation. This is continuity. And they must decide if, when, and how it may be traded with others. This is exchange.
The authors have developed this study of the idea of the community land trust because they believe that in our society, if not in much of the world, unsatisfactory institutional answers have been evolved to the questions of allocations, continuity, and exchange. However, there is no claim intended that this one mechanism is a panacea. It is only one idea among many which are needed to restructure our social and economic system in order to produce a world order, not without conflict but without war; not without sorrow but without hopelessness; not without inequality but without inequity.
We are fortunate that today there is heightened awareness of the need to protect and preserve the natural resources we have inherited from the generations that have come before us. But the struggle to provide continuity for generations into the future – to re-establish the balance between ourselves and nature – has hardly begun. Read on...
Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires 
The E. F. Schumacher Society has provided technical assistance to the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires which owns three tracts of land, including the site of the Schumacher Library. The Land Trust also holds Forest Row, a residential neighborhood of permanently affordable housing, and Indian Line Farm, the first Community Supported Agriculture farm in North America and a model for farmland preservation and conservation. (To read the CLTSB info pamphlet, please click here for English, aqui para Español.) The Society has developed a Community Land Trust Online Handbook which includes the organizational documents and lease agreements of the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires.

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