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COVID-19 Response & Resources

Last Updated: 5/11/2021

How We’re Supporting Impacted Farmers

RAFI-USA staff continues our current work on issues affecting farmers and rural communities. In addition, we are evaluating what other work may be needed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, as well as recovery efforts afterwards. Some of our COVID-19 response work over the last year included:

  • Supporting farmers markets and farmers whose marketing channels were impacted.
  • Offering emergency mini-grants for farmers who experienced a drastic loss of income as a result of the virus and needed immediate assistance for household expenses.
  • Awarding grants through the Farmers of Color Network with consideration of how this grants program could better meet the needs of farmers given the impacts of COVID-19 on their businesses.
  • Advocating for policies that provide necessary COVID-19 relief to farmers, farmers markets, farm workers, local feeding efforts, and agricultural communities in general.

Resource List

Grant & Loan Opportunities For Farmers

COVID-19 Farmer Resources – Visit this blog for information about grants and loans.

Navigating COVID-19 Relief for Farmers – a helpful guide summarizing currently COVID-19 relief available

Webinars & Information

For Farmers

For Farmers Market Managers, Farmworkers & Communities

For Consumers

  • Where to Buy Local: map of farms in NC and SC providing on-farm, pick-up, or home delivery sales, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Meat Suite is a website designed to help consumers in NY and NC find locally produced, high quality meats in bulk
  • Connect with local farms using the Visit NC Farm App and arrange for curbside pickup or delivery of seasonal products

Ways to Help

  • Donate to RAFI-USA: with your support we can continue to adapt our programming and policy advocacy to support farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities impacted by COVID-19
  • List of requested donations for NC farmworkers impacted by COVID-19, Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry

RAFI-USA Staff

In an effort to do our part for social distancing, RAFI-USA staff members are working remotely until further notice. Events and meetings that were scheduled have been cancelled or postponed. Due to our flexible work from home policy, RAFI-USA staff are equipped to continue our work remotely.