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 2013, Farm Aid granted $573,514 to 73 family farm organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia; grants ranged from $500 to $20,000. Disaster grants between $2,500 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 launched a Farmer Leadership Fund, which awarded $5,514 in funds to elevate farmer voices in policy discussions.

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.

Information about each 2013 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 Development, Abingdon, VA: $6,000 to support the expansion of the Rooted in Appalachia Local Foods Program. www.asdevelop.org
  • Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD: $7,000 for the Good Food and Local Agriculture Campaign, which advances economic and environmental sustainability for small and beginning farmers in South Dakota. www.dakotarural.org
  • GrowNYC, New York, NY: $7,500 to support the Youthmarket program, providing youth with opportunities to manage local markets that connect mid-sized family farmers with urban consumers in New York City. www.grownyc.org
  • Just Food, New York, NY: $5,000 to engage regional family farmers in direct market relationships with New York City consumers and mobilize residents around food and farm issues. www.justfood.org
  • Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson, KS: $5,000 for Connecting the Dots of the Local Food Wholesale Market to advance Kansas’ wholesale local food market. www.kansasfarmersunion.org
  • Nebraska Farmers Union, Lincoln, NE: $5,000 for the Farm to Plate project, establishing a local food hub for humanely raised livestock to benefit Nebraska farmers and consumers. www.nebraskafarmersunion.org
  • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Irvington, NY: $7,500 to develop a more sustainable and just food system in the Northeast. www.nefood.org/page/nesawg
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, PA: $10,000 for PASA’s efforts to sustain regional farms and farmers in Pennsylvania. www.pasafarming.org
  • Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to build local, sustainable food systems on college campuses across the Midwest, Great Plains and Appalachia. www.realfoodchallenge.org
  • Red Tomato, Plainville, MA: $5,000 to expand local produce distribution into new retail and institutional markets in New York City. www.redtomato.org
  • Regional Farm and Food Project, Saratoga Springs, NY: $7,500 to launch the first sustainable farm and consumer cooperative in the Saratoga Springs area. www.farmandfood.org
  • Sustainable Food Center (SFC), Austin, TX: $5,000 to expand farmers markets where low-income Austin families can double their federal benefits when purchasing from local farms. 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.

  • Agricultural Stewardship Association, Greenwich, NY: $7,500 to support the development of the Greater Hudson Valley FarmLink Network to address farm affordability and land access for farmers in the region. www.agstewardship.org
  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA: $5,000 to help ALBA farmers establish their family farms by gaining knowledge, skills and access to markets. www.albafarmers.org
  • Amagansett Food Institute, Amagansett, NY: $5,000 to expand its farm apprenticeship program in the North and South Forks of Long Island. www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org
  • Area Agriculture Information Center, Inc., Thief River Falls, MN: $6,000 to help farmers whose land is coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program assess their profitability and decision-making.
  • Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Rapid City, SD: $5,000 in disaster relief for family ranchers affected by a tragic blizzard in South Dakota. www.bhacf.org
  • Colorado family farm, CO: $500 to support a family farm affected by flooding in Colorado.
  • Community Farm Alliance, Frankfort, KY: $7,500 for The Agricultural Legacy Initiative to address beginning farmers’ core needs of access to land, reliable and scalable markets, support resources, and a mentorship community. www.communityfarmalliance.org
  • Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), South Deerfield, MA: $5,000 to provide farmers with financial literacy training to successfully apply for loan funds that alleviate natural disasters or encourage farm business expansion. www.buylocalfood.org.
  • Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, KS: $5,000 for the Juniper Gardens Training Farm & Farm Business Development Program, which empower low-income people in underserved neighborhoods to develop sustainable farm businesses supplying food to communities in need. www.cultivatekc.org
  • Farmers Legal Action Group, St. Paul, MN: $15,000 to continue providing legal services to America’s family farmers as they struggle with legal, financial, and bureaucratic challenges. www.flaginc.org
  • Farmer Veteran Coalition, Davis, CA: $7,500 to support national work connecting military veterans to careers in agriculture. www.farmvetco.org
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives, East Point, GA: $17,500 supporting technical assistance, cooperative development, marketing, and training to underserved Black farmers and communities in the South. www.federationsoutherncoop.org
  • Florida Organic Growers, Gainesville, FL: $7,500 to support educational opportunities and advocacy work to benefit family farmers in Florida and beyond. www.foginfo.org
  • Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $5,000 for the Southern Illinois Farm Beginnings and Southern Illinois Farming Network programs, which are rebuilding food infrastructure in Southern Illinois. www.eatsouthernillinois.org
  • Friends of Family Farmers, Molalla, OR: $7,500 for workshops with farmers to connect them to new lending opportunities. www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org
  • Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA: $5,000 for the Farmer Mentoring Program, which will offer mentoring and education around production and financial literacy for beginning farmers. www.georgiaorganics.org
  • Growing Warriors, Mt. Vernon, KY: $5,000 to support veterans learning organic greenhouse and field vegetable production in Kentucky. www.growingwarriors.org
  • GrowNYC, New York, NY: $2,500 to support family farmers in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. www.grownyc.org
  • Holistic Management International, Santa Fe, NM: $7,500 to train and support farmers, ranchers and other land stewards through the Beginning Women Farmers and Ranchers Training, Whole Farm Business Planning, Open Gate On-Farm/Ranch Learning, and HMI’s Online Learning programs. www.holisticmanagement.org
  • Indiana family farmer, IN: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE: $7,500 to support the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline services and resources for low-income, rural, Nebraskan farm families. www.interchurchministries.org
  • Intervale Center, Burlington, VT: $5,000 to implement market and debt literacy trainings for beginning farmers in Vermont. www.intervale.org
  • Iowa family farmer, IA: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Just Food, New York, NY: $2,500 to support family farmers in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. www.justfood.org
  • Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson, KS: $5,000 to create a beginning farmer and rancher network in Kansas and help producers explore innovative production, management and financial strategies. www.kansasfarmersunion.org
  • Kansas Rural Center, Whiting, KS: $5,000 to bring polytunnel technology to women and minority farmers in Kansas, empowering them to grow healthy foods through sustainable practices. www.kansasruralcenter.org
  • Lancaster Farmland Trust, Lancaster, PA: $7,500 to support sustainable farm transition through the Next Generation Farming Initiative in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. www.lancasterfarmlandtrust.org
  • Land for Good, Keene, NH: $5,000 to deliver consulting and educational services to New England farmers through Helping New England Farmers Access and Transfer Farms program. www.landforgood.org
  • Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $10,000 to continue providing legal services and technical support to limited-resource farmers and ranchers in North Carolina and across the Southeast. www.landloss.org
  • Land Stewardship Project, Montevideo, MN: $8,000 to support a multi-state farm policy convening. www.landstewardshipproject.org
  • Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Baton Rouge, LA: $5,000 to support its Farm Advocacy Program for farmers and ranchers in crisis. www.lainterchurch.org
  • Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Aberdeen, SD: $5,000 in disaster relief for family ranchers affected by a tragic blizzard in South Dakota. www.lsssd.org
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, MI: $5,000 to inform and coach underserved farmers to increase their use of government agricultural programs. www.michaelfieldsaginst.org
  • Michigan family farmer, MI: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Spring Valley, WI: $7,500 to provide technical assistance, educational materials, and resources for organic farmers in the Upper Midwest. www.mosesorganic.org
  • Minnesota Food Association, Marine on St. Croix, MN: $5,000 to train immigrant farmers in organic production and business development and assist them in marketing and organic certification. www.mnfoodassociation.org.
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $7,500 to support the ATTRA project, which provides technical information, educational resources, and assistance to farmers, ranchers, information providers, agriculture-related businesses and community food organizations nationwide. www.ncat.org
  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA: $5,000 to provide immigrant and beginning farmers with technical assistance, business planning support and financial literacy training. www.nesfp.org
  • New York family farmer, NY: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • North Carolina farmer, NC: $500 to support a family farm affected by flooding in North Carolina.
  • Ohio family farmer, OH: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Oklahoma family farm, OK: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Oklahoma family farm, OK: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Oklahoma family farm, OK: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Oregon Tilth, Corvallis, OR: $5,000 to develop an education and exchange network for Oregon farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic production as part of the Organic Education Program. www.tilth.org
  • Pennsylvania farmer, PA: $500 to support a family farm affected by drought in Pennsylvania.
  • Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $5,000 to expand training opportunities for young agrarians in all aspects of sustainable family farm/ranch ownership and operation. www.quiviracoalition.org
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Denver, CO: $10,000 in disaster relief for family farms affected by historic flooding in Colorado. www.rmfu.org
  • Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA: $7,500 to provide farmers with information, resources, and encouragement to integrate organic soil management practices that improve economic and environmental sustainability. www.rodaleinstitute.org
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Pittsboro, NC: $17,500 to provide financial counseling and mediation services to farmers, expand the Farm Advocate Link network of farm advocates, and ensure contract fairness for farmers and ranchers through the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform. www.rafiusa.org
  • Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $500 to support a family farm affected by disaster. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org
  • The Carrot Project, Somerville, MA: $7,500 to support alternative financing for small family farmers. www.thecarrotproject.org
  • The Greenhorns, Hudson, NY: $5,000 to host farmer-to-farmer training events targeted at young farmers across the country. www.thegreenhorns.net
  • Vermont family farmer, VT: $500 to support a family farm in crisis.
  • Vermont farm family, VT: $500 to support a family farm affected by drought and flooding.
  • West Virginia farmer, WV: $500 to support a family farm affected by drought.

Taking Action to Change the System

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

  • California Climate and Agriculture Network, Sebastopol, CA: $7,000 to cultivate farmer leaders to advance sustainable agriculture’s role in climate change policy development, adaptation and mitigation measures. www.calclimateag.org
  • Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore, MD: $1,320 for four farmers to attend the annual American Public Health Association conference in Boston, MA and bring farmer voices to public health discussions.
  • Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE: $7,500 to advocate for conservation and beginning farmer and rancher policy in the Farm Bill, and to continue growing a national grassroots constituency. www.cfra.org
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Davis, CA: $7,500 for the Family Farm Food Safety Project to protect small, diversified and sustainable family farms in food safety regulations. www.caff.org
  • Dakota Resource Council, Dickinson, ND: $7,500 to support the Justice for Farm Families Campaign to protect farmers and ranchers from negative impacts of oil development in North Dakota. www.drcinfo.com
  • Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $7,500 for ongoing food sovereignty work and grassroots organizing against natural resource and land grabbing in the Midwest. www.familyfarmdefenders.org
  • Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron, TX: $5,000 to educate and engage farmers and grassroots leaders in effective activism for policies that promote family-owned farms. www.farmandranchfreedom.org
  • Farmers Legal Action Group, St. Paul, MN: $5,000 to support progressive public policies that advance family farms, rural communities, and sustainable agriculture in the next Farm Bill. www.flaginc.org
  • Kentucky family farmer, KY: $543 to support a farmer fly-in to Washington, D.C. to advocate for fair farm policies to members of Congress.
  • Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, ID: $5,000 to develop campaigns that support family farmers and sustainable agriculture, both at the state and local level in Idaho. www.worceducationproject.org
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $5,000 to engage more family farmers in grassroots advocacy and policy development. www.ilstewards.org
  • Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $7,500 to raise the voices of family farmers around climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy through the Rural Climate Network. www.iatp.org
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $7,500 to support the Factory Farm Accountability Project. www.iowacci.org
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $10,000 to challenge the corporate takeover of agriculture by confronting agribusiness corporations while organizing for and proposing alternatives that curtail the damaging trends facing agriculture today. www.morural.org
  • National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC: $20,000 to fight corporate concentration in agriculture through effective media and messaging. www.nffc.net
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC: $20,000 to reform federal agricultural policy in order to build sustainable family farms, thriving rural communities, and vibrant local food systems across the country. www.sustainableagriculture.net/
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC: $651 to support a farmer fly-in to Washington DC to advocate for fair farm policies to members of Congress. www.sustainableagriculture.net
  • National Young Farmers Coalition, Tivoli, NY: $10,000 to guide the reform of USDA programs to better serve young diversified and organic farmers nationally. www.youngfarmers.org
  • New England Farmers Union, Shelburne Falls, MA: $5,000 to support farmer leadership development in New England. www.newenglandfarmersunion.org
  • Northeast Organic Dairy Farmers Alliance, Deerfield, MA: $5,000 to ensure the farmer voice in organic dairy policy and regulatory decision-making. www.nodpa.org
  • Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $7,000 to support the Family Farm Protection Project for policy that is fair to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. www.northernplains.org
  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Columbus, OH: $5,000 to promote policies that benefit family farmers, enhance rural communities and safeguard the environment. www.oeffa.org
  • Oregon family farmer, OR: $1,000 to support a farmer fly-in to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Secretary of Agriculture regarding the regulation of GMOs.
  • Oregon Rural Action, La Grande, Oregon: $5,000 to develop a new agricultural narrative to combat predominate corporate & conventional food and farming messaging in the country. www.oregonrural.org
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $1,000 to support a farmer fly-in to Washington, D.C. to advocate for policies supportive of organic farming. www.ofrf.org
  • Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $5,000 to promote policies that support the availability and genetic integrity of organic seed by confronting the concentrated ownership of seed and protecting farmers' rights as seed stewards. www.seedalliance.org
  • Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $1,000 to attend a meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture regarding the regulation of GMOs. www.seedalliance.org
  • Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $7,000 to demand market fairness, fight control by the agri-industrial corporate complex, and support family farm agriculture. www.powderriverbasin.org
  • Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT: $5,000 to support the Campaign to Create Scale-Appropriate Regulations for Farm Fresh Food in Vermont. www.ruralvermont.org
  • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fayetteville, AR: $5,000 to support national policies that encourage sustainable agricultural practices, family farm livelihoods, and healthy local foods in the South. www.ssawg.org
  • Western Colorado Congress, Grand Junction, CO: $5,000 to support grassroots organizing efforts for livestock growers and good food advocates in Colorado. www.wccongress.org
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $10,000 to address critical issues affecting farmers and ranchers in the West, especially regarding genetic engineering and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. www.worc.org
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $10,000 to support a multi-state farm policy convening. www.worc.org