We have a smallholding of rural land which we are organizing into a community land trust. The purpose of the trust is to preserve and practice faith-based land use, family farming, and affordable housing.
Land Clearing - Our first project is clearing land. Currently, the site is self-managed and difficult to access. There are many plant species we need to identify and consider their uses before clearing the land indiscriminately. We are presently considering our options including renting a herd of goats to quickly and sustainably gain site access.
Land Surveying - Once the land is moderately accessible our next project is to develop a comprehensive base map including legal boundaries, land contour, wind, water, and solar aspects and other environmental features such as wildlife corridors, flood and fire risks, and noise pollution.
Land Use - After we have our base map we can begin developing our land use plan. Although we have ideas of what we would like to do, ultimately the land itself guides us in developing its use. We are planning for sustainable and resilient multigenerational land use. Ultimately how the land is used will evolve over time, each generation tasked with preserving and evolving for future generations.