Yggdrasil’s purpose is to protect sustainable and biodynamic farmland, create land access for farmers, and cultivate agriculture-based regional economies. The fulfillment of this purpose engages the following core practices:
Acquiring Gifted Land
We work with landowners who want to keep productive farmland available for future generations. Yggdrasil Land Foundation has been fortunate to receive gifts of land from several generous donors.
Occasionally we work with partner organizations to raise the necessary funds to purchase important farmland. Our priority is to purchase land that has a history of sustainable or biodynamic use and is in proximity to our existing properties in California, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
Enabling Farmers to Access Land
Yggdrasil Land Foundation’s lands are leased to farmers who are committed to using biodynamic, organic, and other sustainable farming practices. Our land provides farmers the opportunity to develop their farm enterprise without the burden of carrying a mortgage for the land. We provide lease opportunities to experienced and beginner farmers, and we design long-term lease agreements to encourage exemplary land stewardship.
Partnering with other land trusts
We are fortunate to have local land trusts hold conservation easements on our lands. Yggdrasil is grateful to these partners for providing this important service. The Anderson Valley Land Trust holds a conservation easement on Filigreen Farm, in Boonville, California and Geneva Lake Conservancy holds conservation easements on several of our Wisconsin properties. In New Hampshire we work with a variety of local and federal agencies.
We also depend on land trust partners to help with fundraising for important land conservation projects.