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NESARE Grant for Land Justice Project

Carmen Mouzon of The Farm School working with youth. Photo Credit: Erik Jacobs

Carmen Mouzon of The Farm School working with youth. Photo Credit: Erik Jacobs

Mount Grace is proud to announce that we will be participating in a project funded by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant to increase land access and land transfers to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and non-profits in central Massachusetts led by Carmen Mouzon of The Farm School with East Quabbin Land Trust, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, and Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford.

The goal of this project is to define and articulate the organizational, state, and federal policies and practices that have contributed to and have maintained the current racial demographic breakdowns of farmland ownership in rural Massachusetts, which currently is close to 100% owned by white farmers. We will work together to develop and implement new policies and practices devoted to outcomes that lead to increased BIPOC owned farmland and increased access to farming resources for BIPOC farmers in our region.