RAFI-USA’s Farmers of Color Network Fund provides support to farmers for new and innovative agricultural projects and ideas that will increase farm viability, support community food sovereignty efforts, preserve traditional and cultural farming practices, as well as assist local food economies.
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The geographic priorities in 2021 included the states of North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, but applications from across the Southeastern region were also given consideration.
RAFI-USA was pleased to have received more than 200 grant applications in 2021 for its second round of grants from its Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund. The program provides grants of up to $10,000 to farmers for projects that increase farm viability, support farmers’ local food economies, and preserve traditional farming practices.
Some examples of projects supported by the Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund include conversion of existing infrastructure into new innovative uses; infrastructure purchases to expand scale of operation; rotational grazing; mobile refrigeration and refrigeration for expanded on-farm processing; season extension infrastructure; cooperative projects in which two or more farmers collaborate around a specific product and/or market; as well as cultural/heritage projects which are focused on preserving and continuing a specific agrarian tradition.
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This project is funded in part by a three-year grant to support the Farmers of Color Network from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as The Fund to Build Grassroots Power at Windward Fund, the 11th Hour Project, and the Seeds, Soul and Culture Fund/New Field Foundation.