Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust
The Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust (DH-SCLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization founded in 2015 to support low-income permanently affordable home ownership and community-based business development.
The land trust was organized by Susan Diane Mitchell with assistance from the Magic City Agriculture Project and in coordination with the Western Area Framework Plan, which is part of the Birmingham Comprehensive Plan process.
The land trust's first fundraising efforts went toward acquiring seven parcels through the Birmingham Land Bank Authority's "Adopt-A-Lot" program, and to provide training to three Smithfield Community leaders through the National Community Land Trust Network. Following this were numerous workshop, classes and forums on diverse land and environment centered subjects as well as several workdays organized by the DH-SCLT and Friends of Dynamite Hill. These workdays organized volunteers from across Jefferson County to clean and develop the seven plots.
The land trust aims to develop regenerative urban agriculture and horticulture for low-income families of Smithfield and other communities. The organization is committed to organic agriculture. In March 2018 Mitchell found that the Birmingham Department of Public Works had sprayed six of the lots with chemical herbicides.
In 2018 DH-SCLT joined a coalition of organizations in Birmingham, lead by Adelante Worker Center, to pass a Sanctuary City ordinance. In 2020 DH-SCLT joined the Birmingham Earth Coalition and People's Budget Birmingham coalition.