Meet Farm Aid’s Grantees

Included in Farm Aid’s work to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, is the Farm Aid grant program, which funds organizations serving family farms. Our grantees around the country are critical partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all.

Willie Nelson signing checks to Farm Aid grantees with quote – 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

Farm Aid President Willie Nelson signs each grant check

In 2023, Farm Aid granted more than $1.3 million!

Farm Aid distributed $1,346,015 in grant funding in 2023, prioritizing grant proposals that advanced our 2023 priority issue areas: facilitating farmer-led solutions to climate change—which was the focus of the annual Farm Aid festival, supporting family farmers experiencing crisis and farm stress, advancing racial equity in agriculture, and stopping the growth of industrial and corporate power in agriculture. Every fall, all of our staff members are invited to participate in our End of Year Grants program, gaining a deeper understanding of the issues farmers are facing and the solutions being developed. This year, that collaborative effort resulted in providing $955,500 in grants to 97 organizations working nationally to provide services to farmers in rural and urban communities, bolster connectivity between farmers and consumers, and promote system changes for a better food and farming future.

“This is a people-powered movement to shift agriculture in ways that benefit farmers, rural communities, our climate, soil and water, and all of us. It’s thanks to the generosity of so many people who purchase Farm Aid festival tickets and donate to our work that we’re able to send these funds to hardworking organizations working every day to grow an equitable and sustainable farm and food system for us all.”

— Willie Nelson

In 2023, Farm Aid invested funds in programs that:

  • Help farm families stay on the land with crisis support to farmers in the form of farm advocates, legal support, mental health & social services, hotlines, emergency funds, and more;
  • Develop resilient systems of agriculture, advance on-farm climate change mitigation and adaption practices and advance farm-based solutions to climate change in state and federal policy;
  • Address and dismantle systemic inequities in the farm and food system, specifically for farmers of color;
  • Advance rural organizing and community-building strategies;
  • Dismantle corporate control in agriculture and advance democratic power-building for farmers;
  • Stop the establishment or expansion of factory farms and advance state and federal policies that protect local communities and ecologies from the impact of factory farms;
  • Build and strengthen local and regional food systems and raise awareness of their value;
  • Enhance access to good food in low-income and food-insecure communities by building relationships between family farmers, youth and community members;
  • Recruit and train beginning farmers—both rural and urban—and increase their access to farmland; and
  • Support farmer transition to organic, sustainable and regenerative farming techniques.

Additionally, Farm Aid made grants in the following areas of work:

Emergency Grants

$35,500 supported individual farmers who struggled to make ends meet in 2023. Our $500 Emergency Grants are given with the assistance of our Hotline team members, who answer calls on 1-800-FARM-AID, connecting farmers to appropriate resources and recommending emergency grants when support is urgently needed.

Leadership Grants

$23,015 supported the development of farmers’ leadership skills and the elevation of their voices in decision-making circles in which their expertise and experience are essential, through our Leadership Grants.

Disaster Grants

$120,000 funded responses to record historic floods in the Northeast and California and assisting farmers recovering from hurricanes that hit the Southeast during late 2022, through our Disaster Grants.

Strategic Grants

$194,500 in strategic grants were distributed, including supporting Native American producers, farm advocates and rural communities organizing against factory farms. From time to time during the year, Farm Aid receives requests from organizations to respond to pressing needs or take advantage of unique opportunities; these occur outside of our year-end grant cycle. A grant to Intertribal Agriculture Council supported their work with partner lenders to identify financially distressed Native American borrowers and to restructure their loans. A grant to the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) is strengthening the Farm Advocate community, by codifying the work of revolutionary advocates like Benny Bunting and training up the next generation. Our support to the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) in Minnesota supported organizing efforts in Winona County fighting against a large-scale dairy factory farm that would have had detrimental impacts on the health of their land, water and community.

Scholarship Funds

$17,500 in scholarship funds supported university students majoring in agriculture and related fields.

Growing the Good Food Movement

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

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, OH: $8,000 to work with Central Appalachia partners to build a fair food system in which beginning and established farmers, many traditionally marginalized in remote rural communities of Appalachia, can prosper through the equitable access of capital and business resources.

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Duffield, VA: $8,000 to build regional food systems and support small farmers with market development and connections to buyers, aggregation and distribution logistics, and regenerative agriculture training to bring workforce development and access to healthy local foods to one of the most impoverished regions in the country.

CitySeed, New Haven, CT: $5,000 to support CitySeed’s network of farmers marketsm which bring local food directly to New Haven neighborhoods while supporting economic viability for 60 local Connecticut farms and food businesses.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), South Deerfield, MA: $8,000 to support their work providing assistance to farmers during and after a crisis.

Dreaming Out Loud, Washington, DC: $7,500 to support Urban Farms and Food Hub Operations and the DREAM Black Food Fund Initiative, both of which serve as conduits for the creation of an integrated pipeline of revenue generating farms and employment opportunities.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Providence, RI: $7,500 to build a strong and resilient local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of the farmers and eaters in New England.

Flanner House (Flanner Farm), Indianapolis, IN: $10,000 to support efforts to produce naturally grown, affordable produce in an area that has suffered generations of environmental racism and food apartheid.

Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: $7,500 to address inequities in Allegheny County by supporting sustainable urban agriculture and fresh food distribution with an emphasis on the food-insecure communities of Braddock, Homewood and Wilkinsburg.

GrowNYC, New York, NY: $7,500 to provide access to healthy, fresh, locally grown food for all New Yorkers and support family farms in the Northeast. GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and the Food Hub in the South Bronx make food from the region as accessible as possible, particularly for the most vulnerable communities, while keeping 276 regional family farms in business.

Northwest Indiana Food Council, NW Indiana: $10,000 for efforts to weave networks, develop programming and advocate for a more just food system that equally values farmers and food producers, and honors the right to food for the most vulnerable community members.

People’s Cooperative Market, Bloomington, IN: $10,000 to support a project that cultivates a safe space for BIPOC and underserved farmers and vendors to cooperatively produce and aggregate organic and culturally relevant agricultural products to hungry Hoosiers prioritizing oppressed communities.

Real Food Generation, National: $9,000 for efforts to support the needs of regional producers wanting to move towards institutional markets. RFG facilitates connections and negotiations between colleges & universities and local producers while supplying these farmers with technical support and other resources required to scale to meet procurement needs and building student power to hold their institutions accountable.

Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Bayfield, Wisconsin:  $9,000 to build a more integrated food system and advance the food sovereignty goals of the Red Cliff Band through increased food access of nutritious and traditional foods, targeted youth programming, producer support and land stewardship.

Red Tomato, Providence, RI: $7,500 to bring together diverse producers in scale and variety, logistics experts, and community leaders as food distributors (i.e. food banks, CSAs, mobile markets) to co-create, implement, and refine supply chains that bring wholesale volumes of quality fresh, local and affordable produce directly from farms to food insecure communities.

Soul Food Project, Indianapolis, IN: $10,000 to build a just and equitable food system in the community through urban farms, a youth employment program and an adult apprenticeship program.

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England, Westport, MA: $9,000 to build relationships between producers, consumers and processors to strengthen the overall regional food system in Southern New England while increasing access to high quality, sustainable and humanely processed meat.

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.

Agricultural Justice Project, Gainesville, FL:  $8,000 to provide tools, resources, trainings and one-on-one technical assistance designed to support fair and just farm employment practices and tools for negotiating for fair pricing and contracts with buyers, as well as a 3rd-party Food Justice Certification label that can differentiate farm products and brand to attract customers who increasingly demonstrate concern for social justice and farmworker rights.

The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA: $9,000 to help farmers thrive through on-farm education, technical assistance and subsidized access to organic farmland and equipment to help limited-resource farmers pursue the dream of independent farm ownership.

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Birmingham, AL:  $9,000 to build farmer leadership, peer mentorship and grassroots power in Alabama and to make systemic change towards a more just and resilient agricultural system.

Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL: $8,000 to create a dynamic and enduring partnership between farmers and consumers in order to foster long-term food systems change in the upper Midwest through organic food production, food access, holistic farm financial planning, on-farm public education, farmland access and technical assistance with a special focus on regenerative livestock production and climate change mitigation.

Connecticut Farmland Trust, Hartford, CT: $9,000 to help the current and next generation of farmers in Connecticut thrive, through protection of soil and water, and by matching farmland owners with new farmers.

Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, MO: $7,500 to grow food, farms and community in support of a sustainable, equitable and healthy local food system for all.

Families Anchored in Total Harmony, Inc., Gary, IN: $5,000 to support the training and development of urban youth, in grades 6-12, to complete the Junior Urban Master Producer certification.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), Saint Paul, MN: $30,000 to address legal needs of family farmers by: Providing free legal services to farmers in need, especially underserved/BIPOC farmers; guiding farmers and members of their rural communities through the provisions of new federal and state legislation designed to benefit them; ensuring that family farmers and their communities have access to federal assistance programs, including new initiatives built around racial justice and climate change; and advising USDA on opportunities to use existing but underutilized legislative and regulatory authority to benefit family farmers in areas of credit, disaster assistance, climate mitigation and other areas.

Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $9,000 to support peer-to-peer sustainable farming education and networking opportunities that help beginning and established farmers build resilient farms and contribute to the growth of a sustainable farming economy in Southern Illinois.

Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to invest in and provide a suite of services for farmers that help them build and maintain strong farm businesses and achieve farmer prosperity and develop a regional, equitable food system.

Green Village Initiative, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to support grassroots and state-wide work to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community to create a more just food system.

Holistic Management International, Albuquerque, NM:  $9,000 to provide farmers with knowledge, skills, resources and ongoing support to be successful in regenerative agriculture via Open Gate Field Days, Regenerative Agriculture workshops, online training and one-on-one support.

Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, Indiana (state-wide): $5,000 for efforts to recruit, support and promote young and beginning farmers throughout the state of Indiana to create a lively network of young farmers and their allies and collaborate in making our food systems more localized, sustainable and just by providing opportunities for education, connection and innovation.

Human Agricultural Cooperative, Fort Wayne, IN; $10,000 to support farmers with more sustainable farming practices that decrease the carbon footprint of food and increase local purchasing.

Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, MT: $20,000 to support efforts to promote and highlight the benefits of investing in regenerative agriculture. Rooted in the principles and value systems of Indian Country, the Regenerative Economies program provides Tribal producers and Tribes with individual assistance on business and finance solutions that promote healthy and regenerative economic growth throughout Indian Country.

KNOX, Hartford, CT: $7,500 to support a project that provides beginning farmers with land, training, mentoring and connections to enter careers as farmers in the agricultural industry or start their own farm-based businesses.

Land For Good, Keene, NH: $7,500 for efforts to put more farmers on more farmland in New England and beyond, to keep farmland in farming and ensure that farmland access is secure, equitable and affordable.

Legacy Taste of the Garden, Princeton, IN: $10,000 to build programs and events that support farmer advocacy; to provide information on opportunities, trainings and assistance focused on Black and Historically Underserved farmers; and to participate and collaborate to build, save/strengthen Black farms and farmers.

Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $9,000 to support BIPOC farmers to thrive throughout Virginia by achieving food safety compliance goals and thus reaching new markets.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $8,000 to support the multiple needs of small, family and (though not exclusively) organic farmers, including helping farmers address climate change, social and racial justice, and unexpected crisis such as Covid and PFAS.

Marbleseed, Spring Valley, WI: $9,000 to support the Grow Organic Program, which fosters farmer-to-farmer engagement, through farmer-led events, and provides relevant and timely resources for the organic farming community, to both strengthen the current sustainable farming movement and empower the next generation of organic farmers.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), East Troy, WI:  $9,000 to support beginning BIPOC farmers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and to offer free 1-on-1 advising about funding resources, informing Midwest farmers, especially underserved farmers, and farmer-serving organizations about federal, state and private funding resources appropriate to farmers’ needs.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT: $8,000 to offer national, regional and local programs and services that provide cutting-edge technologies to farmers, ranchers and other producers.

Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $20,000 to support robust legal representation, technical assistance and policy advocacy to preserve land tenure and farm businesses, advance sustainability and promote greater equity in and access to farm programs for BIPOC and limited resource producers.

Nebraska Rural Response Council and Hotline, Lincoln, NE: $12,000 to support the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Response Council, which provides emergency food pantry assistance, AgrAgility for families impacted by disabilities, farm finance, bookkeeping and legal counseling and services, mediation services and mental health vouchers.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Columbus, OH: $9,000 to advance a narrative for change, to build a base of farmer and community leaders and advance campaigns to prioritize farmer-led solutions to climate change at the state and federal levels and support farmer transition to organic and regenerative agriculture.

Operation Spring Plant, Inc., Oxford, NC: $9,000 to empower BIPOC and small family farmers with knowledge and support to ensure equity and inclusion in the marketplace, to provide education and funding to assist with clearing hurdles on the path to successfully producing and marketing healthy non-GMO food while protecting the environment.

Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $9,000 to increase organic acreage as a climate change solution through stronger investments in organic research, education and federal policy.

Partners IN Food and Farming, Crothersville, IN: $5,000 to support farmer-to-farmer mentorship program for small-scale, diversified farmers, which helps farmers feel a sense of belonging, learn from each other and develop a tradition of mutual aid.

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Harrisburg, PA: $9,000 to equip farmers with the knowledge, experience and tools they need to operate financially viable, environmentally sustainable, climate smart and socially just farm businesses through education, training, community and advocacy.

Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $10,000 to support a project that increases the market for independent food producers and thereby increases the number of full and part-time food producers, and increases the number of Northeast Wyoming producers utilizing soil health and regenerative agriculture processes for increased local food production and climate resilience.

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA: $9,000 for implementation of Hispanic and Latino farmer-led community engagement and program development by their Latino Engagement Coordinator.

The Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM:  $9,000 to support building resilience on working agricultural lands by providing apprenticeships for the next generation of regenerative ranchers; providing technical assistance for ranchers and farmers to improve soil health, develop drought resilience, and combat climate change; and building a community of practice around agriculture that addresses ecological, economic and social challenges in the Western U.S.

Rogue Farm Corps, Oregon (state-wide): $9,000 to train and equip the next generation of farmers and ranchers through educational on-farm job training; to support new farmers with small business technical assistance; to advocate for equitable farm practices and policies; and to collaborate to preserve Oregon’s rich farmland.

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI), Pittsboro, NC: $20,000 to improve racial equity, farm viability and sustainability, and to create systemic change for small and mid-scale farmers.

The Southwest Georgia Project, Albany, GA: $12,000 for The Table, a community resource to connect underserved farmers in Southwest Georgia with consumers.

Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $7,500 to support farmer-facing programs that offer tailored resources, provide vital sales outlets and foster local value chains for small and midsize agricultural producers.

Teter Retreat and Organic Farm, Noblesville, IN: $8,000 to create an equitable food system that provides the nutrition, community and ecological healing that allows everyone to thrive.

The Carrot Project, Boston, MA: $9,000 to deliver high-impact business support services uplifting the prosperity of New England farmers and to lead transformational change across the agricultural system that ensures the capacity to provide these essential services is built into the sector long-term.

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, East Point, GA: $35,000 aimed at racial equity for Black farmers, landowners and cooperatives across the rural South.

The Food Group, New Hope, MN: $9,000 for land-based organic and sustainable agriculture education for farmers who have historically been underrepresented in farm ownership, including BIPOC, women and Native American farmers.

The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $9,000 to provide wraparound services to early- and mid-career farmers including education around organic production and transition, financial risk management and business administration skills needed to grow environmentally, socially and economically viable farms.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Chapel Hill, NC: $9,000 to support current and future immigrant and refugee farmers to achieve their dreams of growing a farm operation, redistributing generational wealth and contributing their unique skills and knowledge to the local food system.

The Veteran’s Farm of NC, Inc., Cameron, NC: $9,000 to offer transitioning military veterans and their families the opportunity at no cost to learn about agriculture, production skills in hydroponics, livestock, poultry, horticulture, fruit and vegetable production and more.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Beverly, MA: $9,000 to foster resilience in local, regional and national food systems by training a new generation of farmers to produce food that is nutritious, culturally connected and accessible to all individuals.

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 Inc., Accokeek, MD: $7,500 to focus on policy development to strengthen family farms through coalitions, letters, youth outreach program, communications, fly-ins, informational meetings, conventions and more.

Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative, National: $9,000 to support a uniquely facilitated, behind-the-scenes, multi-sectoral space that allows community leaders, experts, funders and other advocates across the many strands of food justice to come together to align, catalyze and accelerate animal ag reform.

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sacramento, CA: $12,000 to accelerate the transition to a climate-resilient agriculture system by advocating for policies and funding that provide resources for California farmers and ranchers to support the widespread use of practices that deliver climate and other environmental, health, economic and social justice benefits.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), Pittsboro, NC: $8,000 to expand the network of advocates through the NC Food System Advocacy Coalition to advocate for programs at the state and federal level that support small and midsize farmers, community food systems, food access, racial equity and climate justice.

Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE:  $7,500 for efforts to advance equity and USDA program access for underserved farmers through the Farm Bill, appropriations and administrative advocacy.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Davis, CA: $9,000 to educate and organize small, underserved and BIPOC farmers to participate in and survive the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which seeks to stabilize groundwater levels in the state.

Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY: $9,000 to ensure Kentucky farmers, especially BIPOC and disadvantaged farmers, continue to have a voice in the policies that impact them by facilitating grassroots dialogue, community organizing and leadership development.

Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, ND:  $9,000 to support family farmers and ranchers, promote soil health, and stop industrialized agriculture from proliferating in North Dakota.

Dakota Rural Action (DRA), Ancestral lands of the Oceti Sakowin (the Dakotas, South Dakota): $9,000 to stop Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) from being sited in rural South Dakota while supporting and establishing pasture based regenerative systems.

Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $8,000 for organizing around the principles of food sovereignty and agroecology to transform the U.S. food and farm system with the goal to decorporatize, deindustrialize and decommodify in favor of relocalizing, re-democratizing and reclaiming agri-culture.

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron TX: $9,000 to promote systemic reform in agricultural policy to benefit independent family farms and increase agricultural resilience.

Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL: $9,000 to grow agroecology programs in community gardens, provide direct assistance to farmworkers in crisis, grow a membership base and build leadership, civic engagement and activist skills among low-income communities of color who are disproportionately affected by pesticide exposure/health problems, environmental contamination, institutional racism, harassment and intimidation, exploitation and political under-representation.

Friends of Family Farmers, Junction City, OR: $9,000 for focus groups, surveys and legislator farm tours to build farmer-driven policy solutions and a better understanding of family farmers for Oregon’s future.

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $9,000 to establish a fairer and healthier community for Idaho’s farmworkers and their right to safe working conditions, including protection from heat stress, smoke inhalation and pesticide poisoning.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $9,000 to engage farmers and eaters in regional listening sessions to reflect on progress made in the Alliance’s first 50 years since its founding and solicit grassroots input to establish a bold policy platform for a just transition to local regenerative ag in Illinois for the next 50 years.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Minneapolis, MN: $7,500 to advance farmer-led solutions to climate change in state and federal policy that support a just transition for rural communities.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $10,000 to support grassroots organizing to protect family farms, rural communities, water and the planet from economic and environmental destruction caused by corporate factory farms.

Kansas Farmers Union, McPherson, KS: $9,000 to empower and engage family farmers, ranchers and communities through organization, education, cooperation and legislation.

Land Stewardship Project (LSP), Minneapolis, MN: $12,000 to create transformational change in the food and farming system by fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing healthy communities.

Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO: $12,000 to organize a diverse farm and rural base to remain actively engaged in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national levels addressing the intersection of social, racial, economic, environmental and food justice that impacts all of our lives.

National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC and Gloucester, MA: $20,000 to organize farmers, ranchers and fishermen to shift the food system toward one that is free of corporate domination, economically just for all food providers, and accessible to all who need to eat through policy transformation efforts and grassroots campaigns.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Washington, DC: $12,000 to organize and advocate around the reauthorization of the 2023 Farm Bill, with emphasis on elevating the voices of family farmers and grassroots leaders, and to call for climate change action, more equitable farm policy and support for resilient local and regional food systems.

National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY: $9,000 to equip young and BIPOC farmer leaders with the resources, organizing and policy advocacy infrastructure they need to drive structural change and win a more equitable future for US agriculture in the 2023 Farm Bill and beyond.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), 12 states + Washington DC: $7,500 for a racial equity transformation of the Northeast Farm and Food system that will include grassroots consultants, Tribal consulting circles, sharing circles, regional gatherings, dialogue, reflection, landscape assessments and regional mapping, partnership development, translocal organizing and policy advocacy, as well as internal organizational restructuring.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), with chapters in CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT: $10,000 to elevate the voices of Northeast organic farmers in both state and federal policy advocacy, including during the Farm Bill process, in order to build a more just food system that harnesses the power of agriculture to confront our climate crisis.

Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $9,000 to organize Montanans to advance soil health and protect family farms and ranches.

Organic Farmers Association, Spirit Lake, IA: $9,000 to organize opportunities for domestic organic farmers to advocate for a more just and ecological food system that prioritizes organic production for its social and ecological benefits and expand access to organic food and farming to all communities.

Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $9,000 for efforts to promote growers’ rights to save seed, earn a sustainable livelihood and grow the supply of high-quality organic seed to meet community food needs.

Rural Coalition, Washington, DC: $15,000 to change the system of extraction, exploitation, dispossession and disenfranchisement by sustaining a durable network of deeply rooted community organizations collaborating to catalyze their vision for just futures for their rural communities.

Rural Vermont, Montpelier VT: $9,000 for organizing, education and advocacy that centers and supports agrarians, their communities and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Claymont, DE: $18,000 to support rural residents, independent farmers and ranchers and community groups across the United States through education, issue advocacy and organizing needed to protect rights to clean water, air and soil and to a healthy, just and vibrant food future.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake – Fair Farms Initiative, Takoma Park, MD: $9,000 to increase engagement with diverse and sustainable/regenerative agriculture farmers and elevate the voices of small and midsize farmers in policy work via an educational video, a farmer’s advocacy day and strategic planning.

West Virginia Food And Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV: $7,500 to advocate alongside local farmers, markets, food enterprises and community members to secure a state government investment in agriculture and to advance local, regional and national fair farm policies.

Western Colorado Alliance, Grand Junction, CO: $9,000 to expand local market access for Western Slope producers, leverage state and federal funds to support local regenerative agricultural practices and protect and preserve agricultural land for the future of agriculture, preserving land access for the next generation of farmers.

Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project, Billings, MT: $12,000 to foster equity for small and mid-sized independent producers while championing farmer and rancher-led healthy soil initiatives.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI: $9,000 to support farmer-labor solidarity, coalition building and public messaging about shared experiences in the face of corporate consolidation in the food and farming system.

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