The Foodocracy is proud to announce the winners of the first ever Farm Fund Grants. Thanks to your generous donations, Foodocracy is able to fund micro grants to three small, family owned farms this year. More than 15 small farms from across the nation submitted applications for our first ever Farm Fund Grants and we wish we could have funded each and every one of them. These farms provide access to fresh, healthy food for their local communities, contribute to soil health, and expand our biodiversity. Each application was evaluated by are esteemed advisory board based on need and impact. This is just the beginning for the Farm Fund. With your support we hope to expand these vital grants next year.
Foodocracy created the Farm Fund to provide direct relief to small, family-owned farms prioritizing Women and BIPOC farmers. Small farms make up up just 8 percent of agricultural land and that number is shrinking rapidly as multimillion dollar industrialized farms swallows up more and more of America’s farmland. This ever encroaching corporate farming is subsidized by farm grants which largely go to industrial farms owned by white men.
Only 37% of black applicants receive grants from the USDA.
Small farms, particularly those owned by women and people of color are left behind. Now more than ever they need our help. Rising costs, labor shortages and monopolistic practices from corporate farms are squeezing them to the breaking point.
Ten Forty Six Farms is a black woman owned farm in Fort Bend County, Texas, an area with less than 3% black farms let alone black woman owned farms. Ayanna Hill has faced an uphill battle, her tractor was stollen this summer, and she has faced marginalization and discrimination from the local white, male farm community. Ten Forty Six provides their local community with access to healthy food, education and job opportunities.
“What returns to you is what you pour into it, the driver or motivation is being a food hub, being economic impact, creating jobs and an overall healthy space for the community….providing the good stuff!”Ayanna Hill
CAMPO Collective began as an ownership opportunity for young farmers who face many barriers to land and capital access. This collective of mostly women, minority farmers is a no till, regenerative farm providing fresh healthy food and education to their local community. Margarita, Uriel, Jade and Zeferina have created a biodiverse eco-agricultural system with heirloom fruits and vegetables, native species as traditional plants from Latin America and animals like chickens. A Farm Fund grant will allow CAMPO to plant nutrient dense, staple crops like dry corn and beans providing a complete local grown diet to the families they serve.
Sakari Farms specializes in re-matriation and growing ancestral native seed from around Turtle Island (North America) to provide food, resources, food security and food education to their regional tribal members. They provide free tribal foods to regional tribal reservations, local urban native individuals and other native based organizations. This farm fund grant will allow them to improve composting and irrigation systems so that they can continue to serve their community.
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