Mission Area: Keeping Farmers on the Land
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 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.
Liberation Farms is a project of the Somali Bantu Community Association. Its mission is to provide community members with access to culturally appropriate and sustainable food. Through the New England Farmer Microgrants Program, they were able to hire a consultant to assist them in their search for their first permanent farm property.
Learn more about AFT’s policy recommendations for California to protect vital agricultural land, promote environmentally sound growing practices, and keep farmers on the land for generations.
Fisher Farms has been serving their community for five generations. With support of a Brighter Future Fund grant, they will install and improve their fencing infrastructure to ensure their valued produce makes it to market.
Trefoil Gardens was awarded a Brighter Future Fund grant to invest in a propagation house fit to serve their growing business, which brings neighbors together around local foods grown in the yards of the neighborhood.
Hameed and Ayo Bello used a Brighter Future Fund grant to purchase four hoop houses to provide consistent, high-quality, healthy produce to their community.
Robert Baldwin Jr., a beginning farmer, used a Brighter Future Fund grant to grow and diversify his 10-acre vegetable operation by purchasing a string bean picker.