The Trust for Public Land
Increasing farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land.
Since 1979, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and its donors have worked with local communities and public agencies to conserve Hawaii’s best lands. Their collective efforts have helped to build national and state parks, and to conserve coasts, cultural landscapes, beaches, farms, and forests.
In 2013, Ulupono Initiative partnered with TPL on the Agricultural Land Initiative to increase farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land. The partnership hopes to conserve 2,850 or more acres of agricultural land (plus at least 1,800 acres of conservation land) across the state. Through purchases and easements in partnership with the government and NGO partners, TPL provides landowners with incentives to provide long term-leases to farmers and ranchers. These lands, restricted from urban development, can be used to more effectively increase local food production.
Why We Invested
The investment allows TPL to leverage public and private funding sources to conserve agricultural land, provide farmers and ranchers with greater opportunity to lease or buy affordable land, and incentivize landowners to provide long-term and affordable leases for food production.
- Increase farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land
- Aims to conserve 2,850 or more acres of agricultural land
- TPL provides landowners with incentives to provide long term-leases to farmers and ranchers
At a Glance
- Financial Model
- Total Investment
Support for The Trust for Public Land is provided through annual grants from the Ulupono Donor-Advised Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.