The Land Stewardship Action Fund was founded in 2018 as a sister organization to LSP, reflecting the shared values of stewardship, justice, democracy, community, and health. Like LSP, LSAF shares a positive vision for rural Minnesota: fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, advocating for more family farmers and sustainable agriculture, promoting healthy food for all, and building resilient and racially just communities.
The purpose of the Land Stewardship Action Fund is to deepen and expand our people-powered organizing work in the context of public elections – something LSP is not set up to do. This means that through LSAF we can advance our values for people, communities, and the land by identifying and supporting candidates running for office who will champion our issues and govern in deep relationship with us once elected.
LSAF was created to organize, grow, and wield rural collective electoral power to fight back against the prevailing reality of elected officials, at all levels of government, either actively working against us or acting complacent by failing to stand with us. Therefore, LSAF exists to change this status quo by identifying, supporting, and ultimately growing our own candidates who share our core values, will act as champions on our issues, and commit to a relationship of co-governance with our members to transform our positive vision for rural Minnesota into reality.