Join the Growing Equity Partnership! The Growing Equity Partnership will build the capacity of 20 partner organizations providing business technical assistance (BTA) to underserved farmers and ranchers. The participating organizations will join a national cohort of service providers and benefit from networking opportunities with peer organizations. Participating organizations will also receive a 4-year funding commitment to flexibly fund their existing or new work with underserved farmers and their participation in the Growing Equity Partnership.
Participating organizations should provide 1-1 BTA and work with farmers or ranchers to achieve one or more of the following: build resilient businesses; gain financial and tax literacy; increase market access; further farm management skills; manage risk; execute a business transfer or succession; access or retain land; or access capital.
The Growing Equity Partnership seeks to expand access to BTA among underserved farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, limited resource, LGBTQ+, and veteran farmers, as well as farms that are small and mid-sized, serve local and regional markets, and are located in impoverished areas. American Farmland Trust (AFT) is pleased to be partnering with Black Family Land Trust (BFLT), The Carrot Project (TCP), and the Agricultural Viability Alliance (Alliance). Funded through USDA-NIFA (The National Institute of Food and Agriculture), this project is intended to increase the quality and quantity of business technical assistance to underserved producers, including through a greater understanding of and potential participation in USDA programs and services.