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Neil Thapar

Neil Thapar is the Food and Farm Program Director at The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Neil researches, promotes, and advises on alternative legal structures of ownership that promote affordability, community ownership, and long-term sustainable stewardship. From worker-owned farms to community land trusts to land cooperatives, Neil supports the development of a racially just food and farm system that de-centers the individual and re-centers the collective. He builds partnerships with a wide range of organizations to learn about and address legal and policy challenges to achieving transformative change. Neil is an ally-member of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, a statewide group of farmers and advocates focused on empowering farmers of color to participate and represent themselves in California's food and farm system. From 2014-2016, Neil led the Law Center's Save Seed Sharing campaign, successfully protecting people’s rights to share seeds with each other. In 2014, Neil led the legislative campaign to pass the Neighborhood Food Act, expanding access to backyard food production for tenants and homeowners in planned developments.