Grants for Family Farm Agriculture

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In addition to Farm Aid's work throughout the year to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, Farm Aid funds family farm and rural service organizations through our annual grant program. We view our grantees around the country as critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all.

In 2014, Farm Aid granted $585,700 to 83 family farm organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia; grants ranged from $500 to $20,000. Disaster grants between $3,000 and $10,000 were awarded to organizations to distribute to farm families facing weather disasters, while individual emergency grants of $500 were awarded to fifteen farm families facing either economic crises or natural disasters. In addition, this year Farm Aid's Farmer Leadership Fund awarded $6,200 in funds to elevate farmer voices in policy discussions.

"Farm Aid sends money to hardworking folks who share Farm Aid's mission to strengthen family farmers. These grants support their work and invest in projects that build a thriving future for family farm agriculture and good food for all in both rural and urban communities." — Willie Nelson

Farm Aid grant funds were invested in programs that help farm families stay on their land, build local markets, confront the threat of corporate control of agriculture, train new farmers and support farmer-to-farmer programs for more sustainable agricultural practices.

With your gift, we can continue to support farm groups helping family farmers on the local level all over the country.

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Information about each 2014 grantee is available below.

Growing the Good Food Movement

Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems, connecting farmers directly to consumers and creating new markets for family farmers.

  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)Asheville, NC: $7,000 for Appalachian Grown: Promoting Local Farms and Food in Southern Appalachia, which supports branded promotional materials for farmers as part of ASAP's Appalachian Grown (AG) certification project. www.asapconnections.org
  • Farmers' Legal Action Group, St. Paul, MN: $5,000 to bolster legal, technical, financial and disaster assistance and resources for family farmers growing specialty crops for local and regional food systems. www.flaginc.org
  • Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL: $5,000 for the Rebuilding Local Food Systems in Farmworker Communities project. www.floridafarmworkers.org
  • GrowNYC, New York, NY: $5,000 to support the Youthmarket program, which provides youth with opportunities to manage local markets that connect mid-sized family farmers with urban consumers in New York City. www.grownyc.org
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), Millheim, PA: $8,000 in general support to bring farmers together to learn from each other and to build strong and effective networks, as well as to enable consumers looking for locally and sustainably produced food. www.pasafarming.org
  • Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to advance organizing efforts in the Heartland Region (Midwest, Great Plains, and Appalachian states) so that they can train more students to redirect their school's food purchasing towards sustainable sources from regional, small and mid-sized farmers. www.realfoodchallenge.org
  • Red Tomato, Plainville, MA: $5,000 to support grower differentiation and trade growth, creating further opportunities for regional farmers to become the primary suppliers of a sustainable regional food system. www.redtomato.org
  • Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $6,000 for the Double Dollar Incentive Program, which matches SNAP and WIC benefits at farmers markets, benefitting both low-income consumers and family farmers. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

Helping Farmers Thrive

Providing farmers with the tools and resources they need to access new markets, grow sustainably, produce renewable fuels and survive natural disasters.

  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA: $5,000 to support their Farmer Education and Enterprise Development (FEED) program, which provides long-term education, training and mentoring to help farmworkers transition into independent business owners. www.albafarmers.org
  • Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, Montgomery, AL: $5,000 to create practical and realistic farm budgeting resources for beginning farmers. www.asanonline.org
  • Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA: $6,000 to provide business and financial planning support to beginning farmers and ranchers in the Appalachian region. www.asdevelop.org
  • Area Ag Info Center, Thief River Falls, MN: $6,000 to support its Farmers Helping Farmers Project to assist farm families in resolving economic hardship.
  • California Certified Organic Farmers: $10,000 to provide disaster assistance to drought-afflicted farmers and ranchers in California. www.ccof.org
  • California FarmLink, Santa Cruz. CA: $5,000 to provide microloans and one-to-one technical assistance to small-scale, low resource and minority farmers in California. www.cafarmlink.org
  • Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, KS: $5,000 for its Juniper Gardens Training Farm and Farm Business Development Program, which provide low-income farmers with resources and tools to develop sustainable small farm businesses. www.cultivatekc.org
  • Farm Commons, Madison, WI: $5,000 to address land access issues by providing flexible lease templates crafted to meet the needs of specialty, alternative and direct-to-consumer farmers. www.farmcommons.org
  • Farmers' Legal Action Group, St. Paul, MN: $15,000 for support of FLAG's national legal hotline for family farmers, which provides legal services and resources to farmers across the United States. www.flaginc.org
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, East Point, GA: $17,500 to support technical assistance, cooperative development, marketing, and training for underserved Southern communities and Black farmers. www.federationsoutherncoop.org
  • Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Gainesville, FL: $7,500 to provide educational opportunities and advocacy support to benefit family farmers within and beyond Florida. www.foginfo.org
  • Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $5,000 to provide farmer-to-farmer education on sustainable production and business planning and educate growers who have been in business for 2-5 years through the Southern Illinois Farming Network program. www.eatsouthernillinois.org
  • Green America, Washington DC: $5,000 to support the Non-GMO Supply Chain Working Group. www.greenamerica.org
  • Holistic Management International, Albuquerque, NM: $5,000 to continue to provide farmer and ranchers the training and support they need to become and remain successful and sustainable land managers. www.holisticmanagement.org
  • Indiana family farm, IN: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Indiana family farm, IN: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE: $7,500 to provide support services to farm families in crisis. www.interchurchministries.org
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC: $6,000 to continue a farmer-to-farmer training coalition that supports the professional development of beginning farmers. www.foodshuttle.org
  • Land for Good, Keene, NH: $5,000 to deliver informational, consulting and educational services to New England farmers in need of land access and farm transfer assistance. www.landforgood.org
  • Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $17,500 to provide legal services and technical support to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast. www.landloss.org
  • Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $5,000 to build upon existing food safety-training efforts to develop a quality assurance and cost-share program. www.localfoodhub.org
  • Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Baton Rouge, LA: $5,000 to provide one-on-one farm advocate services in support of family farms facing financial, weather-related and other forms of crisis. www.lainterchurch.org
  • Maine family farm, ME: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $7,500 to support innovative new farmer training programs. www.mofga.org
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI: $5,000 to provide information and mentoring about government grants, loans and cost-share resources to underserved rural and urban farmer populations facing barriers to access. www.michaelfieldsaginst.org
  • Michigan family farm, MI: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, Spring Valley, WI: $7,500 to support its range of outreach programs for organic and sustainable farmers across the Midwest. www.mosesorganic.org
  • Minnesota family farm, MN: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Minnesota Food Association, Marine on St. Croix, MN: $5,000 to train immigrant and refugee beginning farmers on Big River Farms. www.mnfoodassociation.org
  • NC Choices, NC: $2,500 to support farmers in attending NC Choices' Second Annual Women Working in the Meat Business Conference. ncchoices.ces.ncsu.edu
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $7,500 to support ATTRA, its national sustainable agriculture technical assistance program. www.ncat.org
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $3,000 for creation of drought resource guide for Texas farmers and ranchers. www.ncat.org
  • Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Ceresco, NE: $5,000 to support their work to increase the number of young farmers utilizing sustainable and organic farming practices in Nebraska through providing opportunities to connect, network, educate and engage young, aspiring farmers. www.healthyfarms.org
  • New York family farm, NY: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • New York family farm, NY: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • New York family farm, NY: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Oklahoma family farm, OK: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC: $10,000 to help socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and youth transition to organic or best management production practices. www.operationspringplant.blogspot.com
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $7,500 to support the needs of organic farmers by evaluating organic research needs and resources.www.ofrf.org
  • Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $5,000 to support the New Agrarian Program that provides professional training for young American farmers and ranchers. www.quiviracoalition.org
  • Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA: $5,000 to support farmer workshops focusing on using organic management strategies to enhance soil biology and improve soil function. www.rodaleinstitute.org
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) of Pittsboro, NC: $20,000 to support the Farm Sustainability Program, which includes financial counseling and mediation services to farmers in crisis; the Farm Advocate Link; and the Farmer Leadership Network. www.rafiusa.org
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) of Pittsboro, NC: $2,500 to support Summit on Seeds & Breeds for the 21st Century and publication of proceedings. www.rafiusa.org
  • Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Albany, Georgia: $10,000 to boost the capacity and financial viability of small farmers by providing technical assistance, helping to increase marketability of their products, and helping farmers transition to sustainable farming practices. www.swgaproject.com
  • The Carrot Project, Somerville, MA: $5,000 to start and sustain family farms through alternative financing and technical research, as well as model sharing nationwide. www.thecarrotproject.org
  • The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $5,000 to train farmers both in the classroom and on-farm to increase the number of sustainable farmers in central Illinois. www.thelandconnection.org
  • Texas family farm, TX: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Vermont family farm, VT: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Vermont family farm, VT: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Washington family farm, WA: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Wisconsin family farm, WI: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Wisconsin family farm, WI: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.

Taking Action to Change the System

Working to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture.

  • Bold Nebraska, Hastings, NE: $2,500 to defray costs for farmers and ranchers to participate in the Reject and Protect rally in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance series of events in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. www.boldnebraska.org
  • California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sebastopol, CA: $7,000 to implement policy tools that protect farmland and incentivize farmers and ranchers to adopt management practices with climate and other environmental and health benefits. www.calclimateag.org
  • California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sebastopol, CA: $3,500 to support California farmers and ranchers afflicted by drought conditions. www.calclimateag.org
  • Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform, national: $7,500 to support a national alliance of organizations working to provide a voice for farmers and ranchers involved in contract agriculture, as well as the communities in which they live to assure that the processor-producer relationship serves as a fair partnership.
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, NC: $8,000 for their 2015 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Advocacy Campaign, to protect family farms from the implementation of industrial-scale food safety rules. www.carolinafarmstewards.org
  • Center for Rural Affairs, NE: $7,000 to conduct outreach and grassroots efforts to ensure proper implementation and fortified Congressional support of the 2014 Farm Bill provisions for conservation and beginning farmers and ranchers. www.cfra.org
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA: $7,500 to fund its Family Farm Food Safety project. www.caff.org
  • Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association, Derby, CT: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.ctnofa.org
  • Dakota Resource Council, Dickinson, ND: $7,000 to support their Justice for Farm Families Campaign. www.drcinfo.org
  • Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $7,500 to run campaigns that promote food sovereignty and empower family farmers, farmworkers, and consumers to reclaim a type of agriculture that benefits everyone.www.familyfarmdefenders.org
  • Friends of Family Farmers, Molalla, OR: $7,000 to support the development of farmer leaders and the Family Farmer and Rancher Education Day at the State Capitol. www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org
  • Georgia Family Farm, GA: $500 farmer leadership grant to support attendance at Georgia Organics' Annual Conference.
  • Georgia Family Farm, GA: $500 farmer leadership grant to support attendance at activist gathering prior to Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $6,000 to support local and urban agriculture and base building in Idaho.www.iorcinfo.org
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $5,000 to engage family farmers in grassroots advocacy, policy development and media training to influence federal and state level policies that encourage sustainable local food systems. www.ilstewards.org
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to support the Rural Climate Network that connects family farmers with national and international climate policy. www.iatp.org
  • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, Sebastopol, CA: $5,000 to connect faith and farming communities to facilitate political activism to support family farming and sustainable agriculture. www.interfaithfood.org
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $7,500 to support their Factory Farm Accountability Project. www.iowacci.org
  • Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson, KS: $6,000 to build their advocacy leadership while also battling the removal of Kansas' corporate agriculture laws.www.kansasfarmersunion.org
  • Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to challenge labor abuses on corporate-backed factory farms. www.landstewardshipproject.org
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $5,000 to combat beef check-off legislation in Missouri. www.morural.org
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $10,000 to support work to challenge the corporate takeover of agriculture by directly confronting agribusiness corporations and the organizations that support them, while organizing for and proposing alternatives that curtail the damaging trends facing agriculture today.www.morural.org
  • National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, D.C.: $20,000 to address resource control, grabs and investment that affect family farmers. www.nffc.net
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington D.C.: $5,000 to support development of a guide to USDA programs whose resources could support sustainable agriculture initiatives. www.sustainableagriculture.net
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington D.C.: $20,000 to reform federal agriculture policy in order to build a legion of sustainable family farmers, thriving rural communities and vibrant local food systems around the country. www.sustainableagriculture.net
  • National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY: $10,000 to add farmers to the Higher Education Act's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to alleviate the student loan debt burden for farmers. www.youngfarmers.org
  • New England Farmers Union, Shelburne Falls, MA: $5,000 to nurture farmer leadership, encourage farmer participation and influence in policy that affects their lives. www.newenglandfarmersunion.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Council, Portsmouth, RI: $6,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast.www.nofa.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts, Barre, MA: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofamass.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, Concord, NH: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofanh.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, Hillsborough, NJ: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofanj.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Rochester, NY: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofany.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island, Chepachet, RI: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofari.org
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Richmond, VT: $2,000 to support work to build an effective farmer policy voice in the Northeast. www.nofavt.org
  • Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $7,000 to support the Family Farm Protection Project, a multi-pronged effort that seeks to ensure that Montana's family farms and ranches remain a vital component of the economy. www.northernplains.org
  • Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), Deerfield, MA: $5,000 for strengthening an independent organic farmer voice in policy and regulations.www.nodpa.com
  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Columbus, OH: $6,000 for the Farm Policy Matters program to champion policies in support of sustainable family farming. www.oeffa.org
  • Oregon Rural Action, La Grande, OR: $5,000 to continue work developing a new agricultural narrative to combat the predominate corporate food and farming messaging in the country as well as base building efforts via state and federal campaigns. www.oregonrural.org
  • Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $5,000 to advocate for fair policies and promote organizing campaigns that support organic seed systems and benefit family farmers. www.seedalliance.org
  • Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $7,000 to provide general support for their leadership in advancing progressive agricultural policy in Wyoming and nationally as well as efforts to grow the local food economy in the state. www.powderriverbasin.org
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) of Pittsboro, NC: $5,000 to support its Contract Ag Reform Program. www.rafiusa.org
  • Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT: $5,000 to expand their community education activities and grassroots organizing in Vermont, specifically broadening their base beyond growers to consumers. www.ruralvermont.org
  • Western Colorado Congress, Grand Junction, CO: $6,000 to support Strengthening Family Farms, Strengthening Communities Campaign to organize small-scale producers and local consumers to make a difference on local, state and federal agricultural policy. www.wccongress.org
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $10,000 for the Farm to Market Sustainability Program to ensure fair and competitive markets for family farmers. www.worceducationproject.org
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $10,000 to support multi-state narrative and base-building project. www.worceducationproject.org