Land Access

“When we all love the land, we are all family.” Uncle Walter Ritte

Ceres Trust believes that right relationship between people and the land are tantamount to our ability to survive and flourish. Centuries of colonization, extraction, violence, and injustice have led to this moment of consolidated private ownership and corporate control of land. The relationship with land is systemically broken. Ceres Trust makes general support grants and investments to support land access and retention, as well as collective and cooperative stewardship, ancestral restoration and governance, and redistribution of ownership.

Keawanui Fishpond photo by M Pauole
Keawanui Fishpond in the Ka‘amola Ahupua‘a. Photo by M. Pauole

The movement toward right relationship with the land, ensuring access and retention of land under the stewardship of Indigenous People, Black farmers, small farmers, and local communities is rising, and this healing offers incredible promise toward addressing the very root causes of ecological destruction and harm to human health, grounded solutions in the knowledge, practice, and culture of people who have long called the land home.


Agri-Cultura Network

A community driven model building New Mexico’s small farming economy, promoting nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices.

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Agriculture and Land–Based Training Association

Creating opportunities for low-income field laborers through land-based training in organic farm management.

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Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute

Focused on the resurgence of Indigenous agriculture and the renaissance of hemp, centering Anishinaabe culture, farming, Horse Nation, and a Just Transition.

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Black Farmer Fund

Creating a thriving, resilient, and equitable food system by investing in black food systems entrepreneurs and communities in New York.

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Black Land and Power

A coalition aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation.

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California Tribal Fund

Supporting California-Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs in controlling and protecting their food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land.

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Dream of Wild Health

Restoring health and well–being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways.

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EARTHseed Farm

Operated and rooted in Afro Indigenous permaculture principles and built on the long legacy of earth wisdom traditions of people of African descent.

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Federation of Southern Coops

A non-profit cooperative association of Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives, developing cooperatives and credit unions as a means for people to enhance the quality of their lives and improve their communities.

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Heron Shadow

A Native place of refuge and learning for community engagement, connection to the land, growing Indigenous foods, and nourishing Indigenous and intercultural relations.

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Hmong American Farmers Association

Dedicated to advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy. HAFA was started and is led by family farmers.

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Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili

Re-establishing systems that sustain community through educational initiatives and land-based practices that cultivate abundance and promote collective health and well-being.

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ʻĀina Momona

A native Hawaiian nonprofit dedicated to achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and de-occupying Hawaiian lands.

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Jubilee Justice / Potlikker Capital

Supporting Black farming communities through new models of regenerative farming, cooperative ownership and access to new markets.

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Land Loss Prevention Project

Curtailing epidemic losses of Black owned land in North Carolina, by providing legal support and assistance to all financially distressed and limited resource farmers and landowners.

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Midwest Farmers of Color Collective

We are a collective of Black, Indigenous, Farmers of Color (BIPOC), centered on racial justice and the development of food and farming systems that honor our communities past, present and future.

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Focusing on agricultural and racial justice through collective land stewardship to help build a more cohesive and complete coalition for justice, nationally and globally.

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Saving seed, one variety at a time. Electra de Peyster has been gardening in Sonoma County, California since 1994. She is the founder of SeedStewards, a project that promotes seed saving as one part of a sustainable future.

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Siċaŋġu Co

As the economic engine of the Siċaŋġu Lak̇ota nation, Siċaŋġu Co’s purpose is to improve the financial and social well-being of our tribal relatives. We are guided and inspired by the 7Gen Vision, which imagines the type of world we’d like to see our descendants living in 175 years from now.

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The Fields at RootSprings

Providing land-based programs for the healing, development and community well-building of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, activists, healers and communities in Minnesota.

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Urban Tilth

Creating a space in the heart of the most impacted neighborhood in Richmond, California, where children, youth, and adults can deeply engage with nature.

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A project of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, reconnecting bison to the land and people of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate.

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Learning and Reflection

  • Losing Ground: Farmland Consolidation and Threats to New and Black Farmers and the Future of Farming
  • Native Land Digital: which strives to map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see the history of their countries and peoples.

Taking Action

Give Shuumi:

  • Ceres Trust staff office and live on the unceded land of the Lisjan Ohlone people, who we recognize as the past, present and future stewards of this land. 
  • For non-Indigenous people who live, work and play on this land, we invite you to pay the Shuumi Land Tax, a voluntary annual contribution to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust to return Indigenous land to Indigenous people. 

Learn more about the Lisjan Ohlone here, and/or learn more about the Indigenous land you occupy at