Meet Farm Aid’s Current Grantees

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 2017, Farm Aid has granted a total of $732,351. Of that, $551,500 was given in competitive and strategic grants to 83 family farm organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $20,000. Detailed grant descriptions are below.

“Farm Aid is proud to make grants to support so many good people engaged in the work of changing our food system. The real power of Farm Aid’s grants is in the network of changemakers they knit together, in cities and rural areas across this country.” — Willie Nelson

In 2017, Farm Aid invested funds in programs that:

  • Build and strengthen infrastructure for local and regional food systems and raise awareness of their value;
  • Enhance access to good food in impoverished communities by building relationships between family farmers, youth and low-income consumers;
  • Recruit and train beginning farmers and increase their access to farmland;
  • Help farm families stay on the land with legal support, business planning, financial assistance and counseling;
  • Support farmer transition to organic, sustainable and regenerative farming techniques;
  • Build and support resilient systems of agriculture in the face of climate change and increasing patterns of extreme weather;
  • Confront corporate concentration in agriculture and ensure competitive markets by advocating for fair farm policies on behalf of all family farmers;
  • Address antitrust and contract violations;
  • Strengthen the grassroots around a unified vision for our food and farm system; and
  • Build an effective farmer voice in advancing food system reform.

2017 challenged American family farmers and ranchers with a number of natural disasters, including extreme drought, wildfires, severe wind and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These disasters ravaged farmland, livestock, buildings, equipment and fences, as well as the homes of family farmers and ranchers and those who depend on the products of their labor. Thanks to the generosity of organizations and individuals across the country, Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund has given almost $135,000 to over 260 farm and ranch families in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, California, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Farm Aid has granted another $14,000 to 28 individual farm families in 22 states facing financial emergencies. States included: Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Finally, Farm Aid’s Farmer Leadership Fund granted over $32,000 to support farmers and farm advocates in developing leadership skills and to elevate farmer voices in a variety of circles in which their expertise, experience and best interests are essential to the conversation. Farmer Leadership Funds also supported the travel of youth involved in urban agriculture to attend and present at regional and national sustainable agriculture conferences. Leadership grants were awarded to over 60 farmers, farm advocates, and youth located in the District of Columbia and 11 states: Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

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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2017 Farm Aid Grantees

 

Growing the Good Food Movement

Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems and connect farmers directly to consumers.

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Birmingham, AL: $5,000 to provide training, resources and grassroots capacity support for sustainable farming and food sovereignty movement-building in Alabama. http://asanonline.org

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, OH: $6,500 to provide livestock and specialty crop farmers in Appalachian Ohio resources and assistance to reach new market opportunities. http://acenetworks.org

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA: $5,000 for the inmate Workforce program that provides positive and skill-building work opportunities at Appalachian Harvest food hub while diversifying market streams for regional family farmers through the Practically Perfect seconds produce program. http://asdevelop.org

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA: $7,000 to create markets for USDA-graded seconds produce, resulting in an additional revenue stream for small- and mid-sized family farmers who often have limited markets for these products. http://asdevelop.org

Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, KS: $5,000 to incubate new farm businesses and increase their productivity, expand markets for small-scale urban farmers, educate urban farmers in sustainable and organic growing methods and engage the public and policy leaders in building the local food system. http://www.cultivatekc.org

Dreaming Out Loud, Washington, DC: $7,500 to train local residents to become farmers and learn about the food system through their two-acre urban farm and workforce development program. http://dreamingoutloud.org

Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL: $5,000 for the Agroecology & Cooperative Development School that will increase small-scale food production in farmworker communities by increasing the number of farmworker-owned cooperatives, increase low-income community members’ access to affordable, organic foods and raise low-income community members’ awareness of the importance of producing and consuming locally grown foods. http://floridafarmworkers.org

Fayette County Community Action Agency, Uniontown, PA: $5,000 to expand the existing agricultural industry, seek farmers and entrepreneurs and implement innovative technologies to develop a productive farm and food business climate in 38 counties of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. https://www.republicfoodenterprisecenter.org

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, East Point, GA: $12,000 for education, training and development for producers and cooperatives in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi and to promote a regional marketing system in the South. http://www.federation.coop

GrowNYC, New York, NY: $5,000 for the New York State Regional Food Hub that will benefit regional family farms and New York City consumers by providing critical infrastructure for the storage, aggregation and distribution of foods from local family farms. https://www.grownyc.org

Keystone Development Center, Ephrata, PA: $5,000 to provide technical assistance and business planning to Early Bird Farmers’ Cooperative that markets certified organic eggs from member farms. http://www.kdc.coop

Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $5,000 to coordinate small-scale protein producers, build markets for locally-sourced protein and improve and handle distribution logistics for these products. http://www.localfoodhub.org

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), Kingston, NY: $5,000 to catalyze meaningful change toward a just and sustainable food system across 12 Northeastern states. http://nesawg.org

Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $5,000 to expand sustainable, regenerative livestock production and increase access to meat processing, engage in outreach and education activities that illustrate that sustainable agriculture is a viable path towards economic diversification, ensure our family farmers and ranchers have a voice in state and national debates and more. http://www.powderriverbasin.org

Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $5,000 to ensure greater farmer retention and diversity, maintain and enhance sales opportunities, provide resources for learning opportunities and advocate for aligned policies at the local, state and federal levels. https://sustainablefoodcenter.org

 

Helping Farmers Thrive

Providing farmers with support and resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable farming practices and/or continue farming in the face of financial crises and/or natural disasters.

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Salinas, CA: $5,000 to support a resurgence of the family farm, economic opportunity for hard-working people, a healthier working environment and care for the land. http://www.albafarmers.org

Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL: $5,000 to provide more than 250 beginning sustainable farmers in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin the education and support they need to develop viable farm businesses. https://www.learngrowconnect.org

California FarmLink, Aptos, CA: $5,000 to address farm transition and estate planning; interpersonal, family and business relationships; and business and strategic planning and jointly provide one-on-one assistance to farmers with Kitchen Table Advisors. http://www.californiafarmlink.org

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL: $5,000 for Windy City Harvest, an urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative that helps build a local food system, fosters healthier communities and trains and supports socially disadvantaged farmers in developing or working in urban agriculture businesses. https://www.chicagobotanic.org

Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA: $5,000 for Legal Food Hub which provides pro bono legal services, educational workshops and trainings to underserved, small-scale farmers, food entrepreneurs and organizations that support them. https://www.legalfoodhub.org

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), St. Paul, MN: $20,000 to operate its National Legal Hotline for Family Farmers and to provide crucial legal services to family farmers and their communities and help farm families stay on their land. http://www.flaginc.org

Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Gainesville, FL: $7,000 to support educational opportunities and advocacy work that directly benefit family farmers and small farms in Florida and beyond. http://www.foginfo.org

Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $5,000 to improve viability for sustainable farmers in southern Illinois by helping farmers form peer-to-peer relationships, gain practical knowledge and learn practical farming skills. http://www.fwsoil.org

Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: $8,000 to support urban farmers, promote urban agriculture and remove barriers for people growing food in Pittsburgh and surrounding urban landscapes. http://www.growpittsburgh.org

Holistic Management International (HMI), Albuquerque, NM: $5,000 for programming designed specifically for farmers, ranchers and other land stewards, including classes required to qualify for Farm Service Agency loans, and to ensure that any farmer or rancher has the ability to take the classes they desire, regardless of financial means. https://holisticmanagement.org

Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska/Rural Response Council, Lincoln, NE: $6,000 for the Rural Response Hotline that provides access to mediation services, legal assistance, bankruptcy evaluation, financial clinics and best practices clinics for family farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. http://www.imneb.org/home.aspx

Iowa Farmers Union, Ames, IA: $5,000 to conduct education and outreach activities designed to encourage young and beginning farmers to become sustainable agriculture leaders. https://iowafarmersunion.org/contact-us/

Land For Good, Keene, NH: $5,000 to directly provide no and low-cost coaching and advising to farm seekers, transitioning farm families and others who control farmland and to support the marketing and administration of New England Farmland Finder. http://landforgood.org

Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $17,500 to provide direct legal services, technical assistance and outreach to socially disadvantaged farmers and farm businesses in North Carolina and the Southeast. https://www.landloss.org

Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Baton Rouge, LA: $5,000 to support their Farm Advocate who works one-on-one with farmers in times of crises and to operate a hotline for farmers in need of financial help. http://www.lainterchurch.org

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $5,000 to support hands-on and peer-to-peer trainings for farmers to become successful entrepreneurs in organic food production and processing in Maine. http://www.mofga.org

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI: $5,000 to inform underserved Midwestern farmers about federal, state and private funding resources, offer them one-on-one advising and help them set up successful implementation or follow-up. http://michaelfields.org

Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Spring Valley, WI: $5,000 for over 10,000 Upper Midwestern farmers to receive resources, education and support that lead them to sustainable organic practices and make their farms more resilient. https://mosesorganic.org

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Butte, MT: $5,000 for the Armed to Farm Training program that teaches returning military veterans about careers in sustainable agriculture. https://www.ncat.org

National Farmers Union Foundation, Washington, DC: $7,500 for its Beginning Farmer Institute which trains beginning farmers and ranchers on risk management, business planning, marketing and land and credit access. https://nfu.org

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA: $5,000 to develop a curriculum to provide direct market training and technical assistance for at least 75 new and beginning farmers to successfully enter and expand the direct-to-consumer marketplace. https://nesfp.org

Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC: $10,000 to bridge the gap between food desert communities and small family farmers in North Carolina. http://operationspringplant.blogspot.com

Oregon Tilth, Corvallis, OR: $5,000 to increase organic infrastructure in underserved parts of the South so that more farmers can start and sustain profitable small farms and bring the economic, environmental and health benefits of organic agriculture to their communities. https://tilth.org

Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $5,000 for research, education and advocacy on the behalf of organic family farmers across the country. http://www.ofrf.org

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), Millheim, PA: $7,500 to develop and host farmer educational events, study sustainability indicators chosen by farmers, develop a Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship program and grow their Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program. https://www.pasafarming.org

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA: $5,000 for the Find A Farmer land-matching tool that helps landowners and landseekers begin conversations about land transition. http://www.practicalfarmers.org

Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $5,000 for the New Agrarian Program that supports farmers who mentor the next generation of food and fiber growers and the future stewards of western working landscapes. http://quiviracoalition.org

Rogue Farm Corps, Ashland, OR: $5,000 to equip the next generation of Oregon farmers and ranchers with the tools and experience needed to launch and run successful, sustainable farm businesses. https://www.roguefarmcorps.org

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA), Pittsboro, NC: $20,000 to provide expert, in-depth financial counseling to farmers in financial crisis, plans for transition of the farm to the next generation and assistance with developing new farm enterprises that will bring a greater percentage of the food dollar back to the farm. http://rafiusa.org

Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Albany, GA: $7,500 to provide assistance to underserved farmers who are unable to adequately tap into the necessary services, programs and markets to successfully operate a viable farm business. http://www.swgaproject.com

The Carrot Project, Boston, MA: $5,000 to foster a sustainable and diverse food system by supporting ecologically- and financially-sustainable small and midsize farms and food processors by expanding financing available to them and increasing their ability to use it. http://www.thecarrotproject.org

The Food Group, New Hope, MN: $5,000 to support the Minnesota Food Association’s work to serve historically underrepresented farmers who traditionally face barriers to building successful agricultural businesses. http://www.mnfoodassociation.org https://thefoodgroupmn.org

The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $5,000 to offer online webinars to give farmers skills to evaluate their financial situation, provide tools needed to work with lenders to gain access to capital and position participants to respond appropriately to unanticipated financial challenges. http://thelandconnection.org

 

Taking Action to Change the System

Working to promote fair farm policies and/or grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm agriculture on a local, regional or national level.

American Agriculture Movement, Accokeek, MD: $5,000 to ensure the 2018 Farm Bill secures the rights of family farmers to organize as laborers and to receive a fair price for their products.

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sebastopol, CA: $5,000 to advance the powerful and unique climate action solutions offered by organic and sustainable agriculture by cultivating farmer leaders to engage in and mobilize on climate policy. http://calclimateag.org

Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform, Pittsboro, NC: $7,500 to advocate for protections for contract growers and farmers who farm in sectors of our agricultural economy that are vertically integrated. http://rafiusa.org/programs/contract-agriculture-reform/campaign/

Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE: $5,000 to empower Midwestern farmers to educate their representatives about the importance of certain USDA programs in the Farm Bill and to ask for their continued support. http://www.cfra.org

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Davis, CA: $5,000 for work on food safety outreach, focusing on the Food Safety Modernization Act, and compost policy and regulation in California. http://www.caff.org

Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY: $5,000 to grassroots organize, build coalitions and “tell the stories” to ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill respects and supports family farms as the backbone of rural communities and that every American family has the right to affordable healthy food. http://cfaky.org

Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, ND: $7,000 to organize and engage farmers and ranchers in efforts to promote sustainable and profitable family-operated agriculture. http://drcinfo.org

Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD: $6,000 to lead South Dakota citizens toward a knowledgeable, working understanding of the relationship between agriculture and the environment and to train beginning farmer families and ranchers. http://www.dakotarural.org

Fair Farms, Takoma Park, MD: $5,000 to illuminate the link between agriculture, our environment, our health and our entire ecosystem. http://fairfarmsnow.org

Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $5,000 to mobilize allies in support of dairy farmers in their demand for a parity price and rural dignity, build rural-urban and cross border solidarity and ensure that food sovereignty is near the top of the agenda for tackling climate change and ensuring climate justice. http://familyfarmers.org

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron, TX: $5,000 to engage farmers in key areas of the state, identify their most pressing issues, empower them with advocacy tools and effectively organize for the 2018 Farm Bill and the 2019 Texas Legislative Session. http://farmandranchfreedom.org

Friends of Family Farmers, Salem, OR: $5,000 for listening sessions in communities across Oregon to hear from family farmers and ranchers about pressing issues they face and to help identify and prioritize solutions. http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $5,000 to expand demand for local food through organizational purchasing policies, expand sustainable livestock production and processing, stop unfair trade deals and to change the dominate narrative in agriculture from an aggressive pro-Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) to one that supports local and sustainable agriculture systems. http://www.iorcinfo.org

Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water, Sycamore, IL: $5,000 to help impacted communities organize to garner a more meaningful role in the regulatory process for siting new factory farms and to advocate for more local control in Illinois. http://www.iccaw.org

Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $5,000 to build on their momentum passing six bills in the state legislature over the past two years to win state legislative priorities in 2018, impact the 2018 Farm Bill and engage members, develop leaders and build a more powerful organization. http://www.ilstewards.org

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to develop responses to climate change that work for family farmers and to promote a new trade agenda that works for small- and mid-sized farmers. https://www.iatp.org

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $7,500 for the Factory Farm Accountability Project that works to support family farm agriculture and protect Iowa’s environment from factory farm pollution. http://iowacci.org

Kansas Farmers Union Foundation, McPherson, KS: $5,000 to work with the Kansas state legislature and Congress to proactively address the farm crisis and build a support system for farmers and ranchers. http://www.kansasfarmersunion.com

Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to organize to create a health care system that works for farmers and rural Minnesotans. http://landstewardshipproject.org

Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC), Columbia, MO: $7,000 to engage MRCC members and the public in the democratic process, build grassroots power in local and state policy arenas and challenge factory farms coming into local communities. http://morural.org

National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Washington, DC: $5,000 to support the organization at a critical time of transition while it continued to fight for just and fair prices for family farmers, equitable access to credit for independent food and fiber producers and rural community organizing. http://nffc.net

National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Washington, DC: $20,000 to build a new narrative around “interdependence” that will organize and build power of NFFC members and allies seeking fair producer and worker prices as well as equitable access to credit and to educational, local food, infrastructure and other integral USDA programs. http://nffc.net

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Washington, DC: $15,000 to defend core food and farm programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations cycle, work on the 2018 Farm Bill, including development and execution of nationwide farmer listening and farm bill education sessions and other policy, advocacy and outreach efforts. http://sustainableagriculture.net

National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY: $5,000 to mobilize its grassroots base of more than 130,000 to work together to support young farmers and for the future of agriculture in the 2018 Farm Bill. http://www.youngfarmers.org

Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $5,000 for the Family Farm Protection Plan which is an assertive, multi-pronged effort to ensure the viability of Montana’s family farms and ranches. https://www.northernplains.org

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association, Columbus, OH: $7,500 to engage farmer leaders and general advocates in the work of the 2018 Farm Bill. http://www.oeffa.org

Oregon Rural Action, La Grande, OR: $5,000 to expand local markets for small producers, build public support for institutional sourcing of local foods, facilitate wider public conversation around sustainable agriculture and organize against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). http://oregonrural.org

Organic Farmers Association, Kutztown, PA: $10,000 to mobilize its farmer members to establish and advocate its policy platform, influence policy in DC and begin to unify the national organic farmer network through stronger relationships among organic farmer organizations. http://rodaleinstitute.org/ofamembership/

Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $5,000 for policy work on the 2018 Farm Bill and the National Organic Standards Board which will contribute to the ultimate goal of establishing seed systems that are healthy for people and the planet. https://seedalliance.org

Organization for Competitive Markets, Lincoln, NE: $5,000 for a farmer and consumer education campaign about commodity checkoff programs and their harmful impact on family farmers. http://competitivemarkets.com

Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to create a system-wide shift in the foodservice industry so that it consistently invests in family farms and sustainable food enterprises. http://realfoodchallenge.org

Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT: $5,000 to establish six community-led chapters throughout Vermont to deepen the capacity of the state’s community-scale farmers to advocate for themselves. https://www.ruralvermont.org

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), Salem, OR: $5,000 to stop the expansion of industrialized poultry operations on the Delmarva Peninsula and to raise awareness of the injustices associated with that type of intensive agricultural production. http://www.sraproject.org

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fayetteville, AR: $5,000 for the Policy Collaborative Action Network (P-CAN) for organizational and farmer leaders who are building support for national and local policies that encourage sustainable agricultural practices, support family farmers and increase the supply of healthy local foods in communities. http://www.ssawg.org

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV: $7,500 to develop and advocate for local, state and federal policies that directly reflect the voices of our food and farm community and support a resilient and equitable local food system. http://wvfoodandfarm.org

Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $5,000 for training to enhance skills and understanding of the principles of grassroots organizing and organizational capacity building for leaders of Nebraska Communities United. http://www.worc.org

Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $7,500 to advance the economic and environmental sustainability of family farms and ranches and to challenge an industry that has little regard for biodiversity, sustainability, animal well-being, public health or the rural economy. http://www.worc.org


To view Farm Aid’s 2016 grantees, click here!

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Willie Nelson signing the 2016 grant checks!

GROWING THE GOOD FOOD MOVEMENT

Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems and connect farmers directly to consumers.

  • Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, KS: $5,000 to support its efforts to incubate new farm businesses, expand markets for small-scale urban farmers, educate urban farmers in sustainable and organic practices, and engage the public and policy leaders in building the local food system. www.cultivatekc.org
  • Dreaming Out Loud, Washington, DC: $7,500 to support the expansion of their food justice and sovereignty work in the District of Columbia. Specifically, the grant will support the development of a two-acre urban farm that will create new opportunities to hire and train local residents interested in agriculture. dreamingoutloud.org
  • Family Agriculture Resource Management Services, Rock Hill, SC: $5,000 for the Farm to Food Banks program, which connects produce from limited resource farmers with area food banks. www.30000acres.org
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, East Point, GA: $10,000 to mentor producers in four states to participate in a regional marketing system in the South. www.federation.coop
  • GrowNYC, New York, NY: $5,000 to support its expanding local food hub and distribution program that increases all New Yorkers’ access to local food from farms across the Northeast. www.grownyc.org
  • Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $7,500 to connect small family farms with institutional markets, provide services to farmers, and make local food more available to low-income communities. www.localfoodhub.org
  • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), Boston, MA: $6,000 to increase collaboration with Mid-Atlantic farm and food system groups, increase participation of farmers involved in NESAWG’s work, and support meaningful change toward a just and sustainable food system in their 12-state region. www.nesawg.org
  • Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $5,000 to extend outreach and education efforts, increase access to local food, create markets for local farms, and address state and federal regulations that impact local farms. www.powderriverbasin.org
  • Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to train and support college students in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Appalachian states, to advocate for and secure family farmed food on their campuses. www.realfoodchallenge.org
  • Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $5,000 to improve economic opportunities for small farmers by connecting them with more customers and resources. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

HELPING FARMERS THRIVE

Providing farmers with support and resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable farming practices and/or continue farming in the face of financial crises and/or natural disasters. 

  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA: $5,000 to educate, train, and support early career farmers, primarily low-income Latino farm workers, and to help participants enter the organic sector. www.albafarmers.org
  • Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL: $5,000 to support the Farmer Training Initiative, which will provide over 250 beginning farmers in Illinois and Wisconsin with farmer-led business planning, field days, and advanced support services. www.learngrowconnect.org
  • Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA: $7,500 to prepare beginning and transitioning farmers in Central Appalachia for obtaining Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification by providing training and one-on-one technical assistance. www.asdevelop.org
  • Area Ag Information Center, Thief River Falls, MN: $6,000 to assist farm families in mediation and/or cash flow planning by working with the farmers’ accountants and/or attorneys and the lenders.
  • California FarmLink, Santa Cruz, CA: $5,000 to create farmland and business succession strategies for the elder-founders of California’s organic agriculture movement to foster the next generation of organic farmers. www.cafarmlink.org
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Associations, Pittsboro, NC: $5,000 to expand its collaborative incubator farm programming to reach a larger audience while continuing its in-depth training and mentorship on the farm. www.carolinafarmstewards.org
  • The Carrot Project, Boston, MA: $5,000 to offer business services to New England family farms so they can grow into thriving enterprises and to support an urban agriculture pilot program in Boston. www.thecarrotproject.org
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL: $5,000 to support the Windy City Harvest program, which provides aspiring urban farmers with training, tools, and resources to develop and expand their urban farm businesses. www.chicagobotanic.org
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA: $5,000 to assist family and direct-market farmers in California and across the country in understanding the requirements and consequences of food safety regulations. www.caff.org
  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA: $5,000 to support the Legal Food Hub, which provides pro bono legal services to lower-income and small-scale farmers, food entrepreneurs, and organizations that support them. www.legalfoodhub.org
  • Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD: $5,000 to train socially disadvantaged farmers to start independent urban farm enterprises, pursue Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, increase partnerships with suburban and rural farms, and serve as a food hub for the Baltimore area. www.farmalliancebaltimore.org
  • Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Saint Paul, MN: $20,000 to provide legal research, advice and referrals to family farmers, their advocates, and attorneys addressing critical legal issues to preserve family farms. www.flaginc.org
  • Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Gainesville, FL: $7,000 to support educational opportunities and advocacy work that directly benefit family farmers, with a focus on organic agriculture. www.foginfo.org
  • Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $5,000 to train sustainable farmers in southern Illinois in online marketing to improve their viability. www.eatsouthernillinois.org
  • Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE: $6,000 to support the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline, which provides farmers with counsel on financial, legal, mental health, and other issues affecting farmers. www.imneb.org
  • Kansas Farmers Union Foundation, McPherson, KS: $5,000 to develop a plan of action to present to the Kansas legislative session for a new crisis response program. www.kansasfarmersunion.org
  • The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $5,000 to teach beginning farmers how to access capital and manage farm business finances. www.thelandconnection.org
  • Land For Good, Keene, NH: $5,000 to deliver direct technical assistance, training, and educational resources on farmland access to at least 3,000 New England farmers through in-person, print, and online services. www.landforgood.org
  • Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $15,000 to provide legal services and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in North Carolina and the Southeast. www.landloss.org
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $5,000 to support its ongoing work to train farmers how to be successful entrepreneurs in organic food production and processing in Maine. www.mofga.org
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI: $5,000 to support the Grants Advising Service, which provides free information and one-on-one advising to farmers on applying for federal, state, and private funding sources. www.michaelfieldsaginst.org
  • Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, Spring Valley, WI: $5,000 for the Grow Organic program, which provides in-depth, production-oriented education and resources to farmers, enabling them to utilize organic production practices and create more sustainable operations. www.mosesorganic.org
  • Minnesota Food Association, Marine on St. Croix, MN: $5,000 to continue providing historically underserved farmers with access to land, infrastructure, training, marketing, and distribution channels. www.mnfoodassociation.org
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $5,000 to fly farmers to Washington, DC for meetings with legislative leaders and to support the Armed to Farm program which trains returning veterans in sustainable agriculture. www.ncat.org
  • National Farmers Union Foundation, Washington, DC: $7,500 to offer marketing, credit access, land access, risk management, and community leadership training through its Beginning Farmer Institute. www.nfu.org
  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA: $5,000 to build the capacity of farm and ranch apprenticeships and develop a comprehensive Apprenticeship Toolkit for national distribution. www.nesfp.org
  • Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC: $7,500 to oversee work with disadvantaged farmers in rural North Carolina. www.ruralco.org
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $5,000 to engage in, drive, and support research, education, and policy advocacy to support organic and transitioning farmers. www.ofrf.org
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, PA: $5,000 to support the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and the SOIL Institute which aims to minimize the effects of farming on climate change and vice-versa. www.pasafarming.org
  • Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA: $5,000 to provide beginning farmers with peer-to-peer training in business planning, financial statements, and budgeting. www.practicalfarmers.org
  • Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $5,000 to expand the New Agrarian Program, which provides training for beginning farmers in the Southwest and welcomes new mentors from small, family ranches and farms. www.quiviracoalition.org
  • Rogue Farm Corps, Ashland, OR: $5,000 to equip the next generation of Oregon farmers and ranchers with the tools and experience needed to launch and operate successful farm businesses. www.roguefarmcorps.org
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International, Pittsboro, NC: $20,000 to provide financial counseling and mediation services to farmers in crisis and participate in the Farm Advocate Link. www.rafiusa.org
  • Soul Fire Farm Institute, Petersburg, NY: $5,000 to train 100 Black, Latino, and Indigenous farmers and food justice organizers as a means to increase farm ownership by these populations and the amount of food grown by and for communities of color. www.soulfirefarm.org
  • Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Albany, GA: $7,500 to offer educational sessions to the African-American farming community on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHP), value-added production, and marketing of quality products. www.swgaproject.com
  • Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Elgin, TX: $5,000 to continue conversations with the Texas Department of Agriculture to increase support for organic specialty crop production and to develop support services for farmers. www.tofga.org

TAKING ACTION TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM

Working to promote fair farm policies and/or grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm agriculture on a local, regional or national level.

  • Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Montgomery, AL: $5,000 to develop and strengthen its capacity to serve as a statewide leader and network of change to Alabama’s food system with a focus on marginalized people, food injustice, and community-based action. www.asanonline.org
  • Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Glendale Springs, NC: $5,000 to organize farmers and rural residents in North Carolina and Virginia against natural gas pipelines and to develop local government resolutions. www.BREDL.org
  • California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sebastopol, CA: $5,000 to expand CalCAN’s network of growers, researchers, and organizational partners to influence climate policy using the voices of the sustainable and organic agriculture community. www.calcimateag.org
  • Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform, Pittsboro, NC: $7,500 to advocate for protections for contract growers and farmers and to educate Congress, UDSA, and the general public on effects of contract production.
  • Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE: $5,000 to engage beginning, small, and mid-sized farmers in advocacy for crop insurance reforms and other policy reforms that dismantle structures that favor corporate farms. www.cfra.org
  • Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY: $5,000 to support efforts to ensure a prosperous place for family farmers in Kentucky through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes. www.cfaky.org
  • Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, ND: $6,000 to support the Justice for Farm Families Campaign, which organizes and engages farmers and ranchers to advocate for policies that promote family farms and sustainable local food systems. www.drcinfo.org
  • Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD: $6,000 to support the Rural Vitality Campaign to thwart development of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in South Dakota. www.dakotarural.org
  • Fair Farms, Takoma Park, MD: $5,000 to educate and engage consumers, identify and partner with farmers and businesses, and build grassroots power on the Eastern Shore in support of better agricultural system for farmers, public health, and the economic future of the region. www.fairfarmsnow.org
  • Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $8,000 to continue work on food sovereignty, particularly to mobilize allies to support dairy farmers in their demand for a parity price and rural dignity, and to address other resource issues. www.familyfarmdefenders.org
  • Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron, TX: $5,000 to teach farmers, ranchers, and local food consumers advocacy skills and engage them in the state legislative process. www.farmandranchfreedom.org
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives, East Point, GA: $5,000 to organize a dialogue between South Carolina farmers affected by historic flooding with USDA officials. www.federation.coop
  • Friends of Family Farmers, Salem, OR: $5,000 to bring family farmers across Oregon to the state capitol for a day of action demonstrating the importance of small and family farms. www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org
  • Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $5,000 to train leaders, educate policy makers, and execute actions related to four campaigns of its Agriculture and Food Task Force farmer-consumer led program. www.iorcinfo.org
  • Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Sycamore, IL: $5,000 to help neighbors of factory farms organize in support of local control over factory farms in Illinois. www.iccaw.org
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $5,000 to strengthen and grow grassroots advocacy for policies that support family farming in Illinois. www.ilstewards.org
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to show how farmers and rural communities are responding to climate change and to develop a new trade agenda that works for small and mid-sized farmers. www.iatp.org
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $7,500 to support family farm agriculture and protect Iowa’s environment from factory farm pollution. www.iowacci.org
  • Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN: $5,000 to organize Minnesota family farmers to be leaders in the pursuit of health care reform. www.landstewardshipproject.org
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $5,015 to implement the final phase of outreach for a campaign to defeat the beef checkoff tax in Missouri. www.morural.org
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $8,000 to strengthen local, community-based food systems and organize grassroots campaigns on the local, state, and national levels to advocate for policies which benefit and empower family farmers and rural communities. www.morural.org
  • National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC: $20,000 to promote agroecology to oppose corporate concentration, confront unfair credit access and resource grabs, promote fair trade, and maintain involvement in the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule and broader anti-trust issues. www.nffc.net
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC: $17,500 to support its work increasing funding for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer training programs, improving credit and land access, and ensuring food safety rules are implemented according to Congressional intent. www.sustainableagriculture.net
  • National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY: $5,000 to create a national strategy for the next generation of American farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond. www.youngfarmers.org
  • Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation, Lincoln, NE: $8,200 to support the Project Rawhide Poultry Grower Education Project. www.nebraskafarmersunion.org
  • New England Farmers Union Education Foundation, Turners Falls, MA: $5,000 to nurture farmer leadership, encourage farmer participation in policies that impact their operations, and aggregate their voices in policy and planning circles. www.newenglandfarmersunion.org
  • Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $5,000 for 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
  • Organic Farmers Association, Kutztown, PA: $6,500 for development of an organized national voice to represent organic farmers.
  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Columbus, OH: $6,000 to support the Farm Policy Matters program, which advocates for policies that support family farmers who depend on sustainable agricultural practices. www.oeffa.org
  • Oregon Rural Action, La Grande, OR: $5,000 to expand its base of farmers and ranchers and further strengthen rural power to effect policy change. www.oregonrural.org
  • Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $5,000 to support policy work which leads to the increased availability, quality, and integrity of organic seed.  www.seedalliance.org
  • Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT: $5,000 to support a series of Small Farm Action Days, which directly place farmers face-to-face with policy makers and legislators to educate them about and advocate for policies that support a just transition to regenerative agriculture.   www.ruralvermont.org
  • Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Salem, OR: $5,000 to curb industrial poultry production in Chesapeake Bay watershed communities and to raise awareness of the injustices of contract poultry production. www.sraproject.org
  • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fayetteville, AR: $5,000 to continue the Policy Collaborative Action Network for organizational and farmer leaders to build support for national and local policies that encourage sustainable practices. www.ssawg.org
  • West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV: $7,500 to propose at least three bills designed to help small farmers in West Virginia scale up their operations and be more viable in the local and national food economies. www.wvfoodandfarm.org
  • Western Colorado Congress, Grand Junction, CO: $5,000 to support the Strengthening Family Farms, Strengthening Communities Program, which organizes producers and consumers to make a difference on local, state, and federal agricultural policies. www.wccongress.org
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils, Billings, MT: $7,500 to ensure strong federal rules that protect family and independent livestock producers and to block approval of trade agreements that are damaging to family farmers. www.worceducationproject.org

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