In 1980, Alvastra, the first settlement of the Community Land
Trust in the Southern Berkshires was founded in Egremont, Massachusetts, on ten acres of land purchased for $25,000. On the land sat two houses, a garage, a workshop and an apple orchard established in 1925. Eventually the garage became a house and the workshop became a home to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. In 2003, The Nature Conservancy donated an additional acre to the settlement. Today, four homes, the library and the orchard occupy eleven acres adjacent to Jug End Reservation, a state forest.