In addition to serving as chair of RAFI-USA's Direct Service Team, Lisa is the Director of Farmer Outreach and Technical Assistance. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, Lisa served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, WI and has worked on small, sustainable farms in the Midwest and internationally. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College.
Learn about a great example of community collaboration between Steve Moore, a farmer in Harnett County, NC, and Veronica Watson, a Master Gardener and parishioner at McQueen Chapel UMC in Lee County, NC.
Third in the series, Flaws in the Food System, this article focuses on Dave Pflugfelder, a farmer in Lillington, NC. He shares his challenges and creative solutions to pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
RAFI-USA's new blog series, Flaws in the Food System - 2020 Was Just an Alarm Bell, will lift up the stories of farmers, farmers markets, and other stakeholders who have received direct service support or grant funds from RAFI-USA over the years. Their stories illustrate how systemic and institutional inequities affect their lives and work.
In this blog we summarize the currently or soon-to-be available resources and programs for farmers and those engaged in local food marketplaces and agricultural communities. As Congress continues to work on major spending bills for climate change and infrastructure, there may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure large amounts of funding to support resilient food and farming systems and to tackle the climate crisis.
Last Updated 4/23/2020: RAFI-USA staff continue our current work on issues affecting farmers and rural communities. As the impacts of the coronavirus continue to unfold, we are evaluating what other work may be needed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. This post will be updated as we have new information.
Over the month of March, RAFI-USA held a virtual farmer fly-in with seven farmers across the Southeast. Together we met with six congressional offices. Learn more about the needs the farmers shared with our congressional leaders.