Common Grow creates easements and agreements to protect common areas for farming, recreation, or conservation. With the strategic use of agricultural and development restrictions, tax benefits, contract and
lease agreements, and the building of carefully considered home sites, Common Grow works with farmers to realize financial security without having to sell off their farm for full-scale development. This, in turn, can offer opportunities for young farmers to manage farms and build markets for their food without incurring debilitating debt. Also, homeowners can enjoy life on a farm without shouldering the financial and other responsibilities of maintaining the land on their own. Finally, land trusts and municipalities gain partners in ensuring that preserved land is properly stewarded well into the future.
Common Grow is committed to the design and planning process, because that is where the value is added. We rigorously study the land, local zoning ordinances, and governmental and non-governmental resources to reveal
a property’s best uses. Should portions of the land be preserved for farming and/or natural habitat conservation, and should limited portions be used for homes to help sustain a farm? Each Common Grow Project, like every individual, piece of land, and community is necessarily different. The lay of the land, its features, its history, and the larger community all create a context in which the planning and design must work. Common Grow carefully considers them all to create common areas that will be an asset to the community and provide value for its owners.