We get lots of requests from students of all ages interested in the growing urban agriculture movement. Our organization was started back in 1981 by a group of enterprising and socially minded college students; our backbone is the energy and idealism that students bring to our work. That said, we also have lots of work to do ourselves and can’t handle all of your requests! So, if you are interested in coming to the Community Land Trust for a research project or in working with us, please take a moment to consider the following:
- Have you read our website thoroughly? We are building out our online profile so you can get interviews, videos, and a comprehensive history of the organization. Check out our Urban Agriculture Resource Center – it contains information on our advocacy work, as well as how-to guides for growing food, composting, etc.
- How will your project benefit the Community Land Trust and its growers? The more explicit you can be about how you are prepared to give back to our community, the better. Again, doing your research by reviewing our website ahead of time is important so that you understand not only our programs, but also the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
- The Community Land Trust prefers long-term commitments from students. Gardens take a long time to grow strong. So do relationships. Consider how you will give back to the organizations that you approach for your research.
- Does your program have a long-standing relationship with the organization? We are more inclined to work with students where we know their program faculty have demonstrated commitment to our organization. Is your school a member of the Community Land Trust? If not, put in a request to your program or group administrator – school memberships are $125 for the year.
- Your urgency is not our emergency! Because of our schedules, it is nearly impossible for us to meet tight deadlines. If you are interested in working with us, a general rule of thumb is to approach the organization at least a month or two ahead of your project.
We strongly encourage students who are interested in our work to sign up as student members of the Community Land Trust. Student membership is only $20 a year and is a nice reciprocal exchange in lieu of more direct financial support from schools. You can sign up for membership online at www.southsideclt.org/membership.