Southside Community Land Trust provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Rhode Island can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all.
Our purpose is to increase sustainable urban food production in five ways by:
1. Teaching people how to grow food;
2. Locating, securing in trust, and managing land;
3. Increasing access to resources, skills, and markets;
4. Creating communities of support where people share tools, skills and inspiration;
5. Modeling replicable and financially viable programs and practices.
Southside Community Land Trust is a nationally recognized leader in Urban Agriculture. We envision Greater Providence as a place known for its residents’ ability to raise and process food for themselves, their families, and their community, where backyards, abandoned lots, city parks, farmland, institutional landscapes, and rooftops are protected and transformed explicitly for growing food, and where the people of Greater Providence take pride in their capacity and know-how to support a percentage of their food needs through local production.
Access to Land - We believe that social justice, economic security, and community political participation are strengthened when community members have access to land held in trust for the purpose of growing food.
Sustainable Small-Scale Agriculture - We believe that bountiful amounts of affordable, healthy food can and should be grown in and around the city using simple, appropriate technology and renewable resources. We value sustainable growing practices as essential to our responsible participation in the restoration and preservation of our ecosystem.
Education - We value learning through growing food, a process rooted in observation, reflection, and action, that deepens our understanding of the world around us and strengthens our capacity for problem solving.
Governance - We value operating and self-governance structures and processes that are guided by transparency, honesty, diversity, mutual respect, openness, on-going evaluation, celebration, and a commitment to stakeholder participation.
Community - We believe that when people work together to grow food and re-connect with the land, communities and families grow strong, hopeful, confident and healthy.
Collaboration - We value local knowledge and experience, and community dialogue. We believe that through collaboration we will overcome barriers to sharing power and resources with community members and partner organizations to nurture healthy, powerful communities.