Mission Area: Keeping Farmers on the Land
Nina is the full-time farm manager for Common Roots Farm, a 4.5-acre market garden farm where people with disabilities work together to grow healthy food, beautiful flowers, and build lasting friendships located in Santa Cruz, California. They will use the grant to purchase more long handled shovels, spades, metal rakes, hula hoes, a T-post pounder, wheelbarrows and gorilla carts and gorilla tubs for our farm.
Abdi Haji of Umoja Na Uhuru (“Unity and Freedom”) World Farm operates a Community Supported Agriculture program that provides fresh vegetables for 26 families in the Boise area. He received a Brighter Future Fund grant that allowed him to continue upgrading his farm by investing in multiple pieces of equipment that allow for faster hand tilling, precision seeding, and lettuce harvesting.
Carlos Aguilera and Lorena Mendoza own a 10+ acre farm that is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, located in Ithaca, NY. Carlos is constructing a walk-in cooler for his farm with funding support from the Brighter Future Fund. Cold storage for crops through winter will help support their staff and family with income while ensuring access to healthy food for their CSA customers.
AFT’s Women for the Land program in New York supports women involved in every stage of agriculture across the state. The program provides education and technical assistance to promote sound farming practices, and creates opportunities for networking and community building with peers and their service provider network.
Regenerate Virginia outlines an action plan to tackle the issues of farmland loss and land access head-on. Proposing a suite of initiatives that would protect hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable agricultural acres over the next two decades, the plan aims to secure the foundation of farming—land—in the Commonwealth.
The Veteran Women for the Land project aims to foster a community of practice among veteran women farmers in the Pacific Northwest through a series of listening sessions, Learning Circles, and convenings. Our project offers both in-person and virtual learning opportunities tailored to the participants’ interests, providing veteran women with the necessary skills, training, and experience they need to be successful in agriculture.
The project goal is to support the ecological health of the Great Lakes while sustaining a viable agricultural economy and communities.
AFT’s Women for the Land program in California provides technical support and networking for women farmers.
Susan Mitchell is the owner and operator of Cloverleigh Farm. She began growing food as a public high school teacher, before purchasing her own property. She used the funds from the New England Farmer Microgrants Program to develop a strategic business plan for the future of her farm.