Consultants for Equitable Farm Access, LLC (EFA) is a team of community development professionals working to diversify and deepen equitable access to secure, working farmland, farm infrastructure, and farmer homes.
We provide land use planning, management of farm property and social relations, and an affordably priced, fee-based range of community-based economic development services.
The Agricultural Center model was created in 2013 by an affiliated organization in order to keep working farms in sustainable production, support the next generation of farmers, bolster local food access, and create resilient ecological communities.
The model has been adapted from both the Community Land Trust model and best practices of community economic development, and applied to the farmland transfer and succession crisis.
Equitable Farm Access initiates farm projects in collaboration with the member-investors who form an owning LLC. Each Center builds strong connections between the local community, farmer-lessees and the farmland. Our model for preserving and developing farmland expresses our dedication to farm access across a broad, diverse social base.
Equitable Farm Access also consults on various community development projects.
An Agricultural Center is a place where multiple, independent farming operations take place side by side, that features conserved working farmland, organic management practices, and that is created through the collaboration between farmers, local allies and Equitable Farm Access.
An Agricultural Center includes the usual components of a farm: the farmers, the livestock and/or crops, agricultural land (including pastures, tillable land and woodland) and farm infrastructure (including farmhouses, barns and greenhouses).
It has multiple operations that are independent from each other but that are mission-aligned and collaborate with each other to a certain extent. These operations can be for-profit and nonprofit. Nonprofit activities may include commercial kitchens, a tea room, artist residencies, campsites, etc. Nonprofit organizations include educational centers.
The key stakeholders of an Agricultural Center are the farmers that benefit from long-term leases, Equitable Farm Access as community developer and manager, and local conservation and educational organizations as partners partners.
The purpose of Agricultural Centers is to enable a relationship between new farmers and local organizations that benefits the communities where these projects take place, through the preservation of rural livelihoods, the conservation of working farms and the creation of new spaces for the development of profit and nonprofit activities.
Consultants for Equitable Farm Access, LLC is comprised of a team of community economic development professionals committed to the next generation of sustainable growers. Learn more about our team here.