Our Value Statements
Approved by the Community Farm Land Trust Board of Directors, August 14, 2018
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy
The Community Farm Land Trust is committed to incorporating the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the governance and operations of this corporation. This commitment stems from a multitude of factors that call for organizations like the CFLT to represent a change from the past. Factors include:
- Tribal Lands: Our recognition that the farmland in our regions is ceded territories of the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes, which include the Squaxin Island Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The area at the south of the sound was historically a center for trade and exchange among many Salish Sea tribes, including Chehalis, the Skokomish, and others. With this awareness, we honor the ancestors, pay respect to elders past and present of the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes, and to all Native peoples of this land. We’re grateful for this opportunity to support farmers on their lands. We express appreciation for their care that has allowed the land and waters to be as diverse and productive as they currently are. [adopted from language framed by the Eco-Ag faculty at TESC – Pitra Lal and Martha Rosemeyer]
- History of discrimination: The US Department of Agriculture has acknowledged and documented its historic pattern of discrimination that pushed African-American, Native American and other minority farms off the land through decade of racially biased laws and practices. As a result, for example, while more than 10 percent of all farms were operated by African Americans 100 years ago, today just 1 percent of farms are operated by African American. (Summary article in The Nation, July 2010)
- Valuing Equity: In our values, we state that: “We are committed to equity of access to farmland by working to overcome the affordability barrier that some farmers face as they reach for secure land tenure. The Community Land Trust model allows farmers to develop financial equity in farm buildings and the right to lease land for farming. We believe in promoting land security, affordability, and the opportunity to build farm assets for farmers, regardless of social status.”
- Diversity: We welcome diversity of age, color, ability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.
- Equity: We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, ages, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, veterans status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law have genuine opportunities to thrive.
- Inclusion: We create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.