Join Leah Penniman of the Soul Fire Farm Land Stewardship Coop in a discussion of the cooperative model of land tenure. Following the journey of Soul Fire Farm’s relationship with the land, we will explore the legal, financial, ecological, and interpersonal aspects of coop formation.

Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian activist explained, “To us in Africa land was always recognized as belonging to the community. Each individual within our society had a right to use the land, because otherwise he could not earn his living and one cannot have the right to life without also having a right to some means of maintaining life. But the African’s right to land was simply the right to use it; he had no other right to it, nor did it occur to him to try and claim one.” Our people have stewarded land in common for much longer than we have acquiesced to the Western notions of enclosure and private property.