In nature’s economy, the currency is not money, it is life.   -Vandana Shiva


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We live in times of pressing challenges. Global temperatures are rising and biodiversity is decreasing at alarming rates.  The way we currently consume resources and exploit others is directly proportional to how we as humans separate ourselves from each other and the larger ecological web of life. In order to achieve the transition to a sustainable society, a radical change in technologies, institutions and worldview is needed.

We believe that true wealth springs from sensitive and skillful relationships between humans and natural resources. With thoughtful and proper planning, human and biotic growth are capable of not only being compatible, but life enhancing in a myriad of ways. This paradigm shift requires a personal and intimate connection with the environment, as well as a willingness to live and work with the natural rhythms and cycles that form our world.

Our Mission

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust’s (MACLT) mission is to create a low-impact agrarian settlement in Northern New Mexico.  The community will provide affordable homeownership for individuals and families wishing to lead a land-based life, while simultaneously contributing to the revitalization of the local economy and ecosystem.  It is our belief that these elements are critical in order for society to shift towards a more equitable and plentiful future.
Developing and employing ecologically-responsible practices to preserve, protect and enhance the land’s natural attributes is paramount to MACLT’s purpose.  We aim to serve as a model of low impact development that rejuvenates the local community and landscape, while also becoming a reference point for future sustainable development possibilities in the region.
MACLT welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds, and we aim to integrate ourselves respectfully into the local community.

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.    -Wendell Berry

Vision for Community

The MACLT plans to provide a supportive framework for residents to minimize their ecological footprint and maximize their integration within the local community.  Residents will endeavor to substantially meet their needs from the site through agriculture, education and other cottage industries.

The MACLT site will ideally be comprised of mixed crops, ponds and wildlife habitat, with an intention to create an integrated human settlement designed and run on permaculture principles. The land will be developed to improve the synergy of the different habitats across the site, simultaneously enhancing bio-diversity and leading to an increased and sustainable yield from the land. 

The site will be designed as a clustered ecovillage and educational center, centered around a community hub building and permaculture farm, using best practice design and technologies.

The land is owned by MACLT, whose role it will be to oversee the community’s development and ensure that the founding principles and objectives are maintained.

Community members will adhere to a set of community agreements stipulating the ways in which they participate in community life, agriculture, land stewardship, infrastructure building and maintenance, and various educational activities mandated by the MACLT mission statement.

Model for Sustainable Practices

MACLT aims to demonstrate the viability of low impact development as a model that has the potential to rejuvenate the rural landscape and economy.

The project will be carefully monitored to provide evidence of the level of achievement of targets and criteria, as well as to provide a research resource to inform and promote the wider uptake of low impact living.

The project, by virtue of its innovative approach will attract publicity and interest.  MACLT will support visitors within a structure that promotes sustainable travel solutions, and balances the needs of visitors with the needs of the residents, in order to maintain a degree of privacy for the resident community.

We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.     -Aldo Leopold
Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust is a non-profit project fiscally-sponsored by the 
New Mexico Community Foundation, a 501(c)3
Donations are tax-deductible