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RAFI-USA has curated our Farm to You boxes as a way to promote our Farmers of Color Network members who produce value-added products, and as a premium to say a special thank you to donors. These boxes make for great gift-giving—even to yourself!
On May 26, 2022, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the publication of a long-awaited proposed rule regarding “Transparency in Poultry Growing Contracts and Tournaments.” RAFI-USA is pleased with this development and applauds Sec. Vilsack for taking this important step.
RAFI-USA is now accepting applications for the 2023 Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Grant cycle! Applicants may request up to $10,000 in assistance for farm infrastructure projects that increase farm viability and do one or more of the following: support community food sovereignty efforts, preserve traditional and cultural farming practices, or support farmers’ local food economies.
Come to the Table’s School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling (SFJFS) kicked off on January 19 with a session entitled, “The Power of Storytelling,” featuring a mini-workshop from New York Times bestselling author Mark Yaconelli. Here are five insights from our first session.
RAFI-USA seeks candidates for a Communications Coordinator. This position supports the Communications Manager to increase visibility for the organization. Primary focus includes coordinating and publishing digital and print communications materials; social media posting and monitoring; and, writing, editing, and designing comms materials.
Since its inception in 2003, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) has worked hard to help build an equitable, sustainable High Country local food system in Northwest North Carolina. Enjoy this Q&A below with the Come to the Table team and Rachel Kinard, the BRWIA Double Up Food Bucks & Farmers Market Manager.
Stories also move people to action, help us understand the world and others more clearly, and foster a deep-seated empathy. This is even more true for faith leaders, who communicate truths about our relationship with God and neighbor, not through data, facts, or figures, but through stories – both ancient and ongoing.
The Inflation Reduction Act offered a vital lifeline to many farmers when it authorized debt relief for economically distressed farmers and payments to those who have experienced discrimination. However, under current law those borrowers will still face a tax liability on those payments. A new bill introduced by Senator Booker on December 8 would remedy that tax burden by making both debt relief and discrimination payments under the IRA non-taxable.
RAFI-USA seeks candidates for a Farm Advocacy Program Manager. The manager will restructure, organize, and add to existing farm advocacy training materials to create a user-friendly resource that provides basic training for new farm advocates. The Program Manager will observe and learn from current farm advocacy casework with the ultimate goal of becoming trained as a farmer advocate.
Otis Wright, Jr. joined RAFI-USA in June of this year as a Farmer Resource Coordinator, assisting farmers of color in the Southeast U.S. in navigating FSA loans. In this staff profile he shares a little about how he got into farming, his passion for his family, and how his work assisting farmers gives him joy.