Grants

The FFCF has now awarded five rounds of grants since 2012. A partial list of the recipient organizations is included here:

The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance — $50,000
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance's mission is to enhance and maintain healthy marine ecosystems by organizing a decentralized network of community-based fishermen, fishworkers and allies. They are a fishermen-led organization that promotes fleet diversity and gives a voice to independent, community based fishermen. They work with community based fishermen on market and policy alternatives that protect and maintain marine biodiversity while ensuring healthy local fishing economies that feed healthy food systems. They advocate for policies and practices that will sustain local fisheries. Their programs and events facilitate direct connections between consumers and fishermen. They work with fishery managers to make the case for supporting small and medium scale, community-based fishers through policy decisions and build coalitions with like-minded fishing communities.

Ag Innovations — $20,000
This project will pick up on the important work of the Kellogg Food and Society Policy/Food and Community program, which fostered innovation and new collaborations to the food systems movement. During its original thirteen-year period, eight cohorts comprised of 86 Fellows from diverse backgrounds challenged orthodoxy and engaged in projects with a goal of transforming the food system. With the help of FFCF, the AG Innovations proposed project will revive the Fellows network, collect important content that is already created, and generate new content and resources that can be purchased by publications and campaigns to support the Fellows' work and portal. They will create a Fellows portal that serves as a resource for a wide range of individuals and organizations. After this is constructed, they will conduct a strategic social media campaign to promote the availability of the resource.

Civil Eats — $50,000
Civil Eats is a daily news and commentary source for critical thought about the American food system. They have provided an outlet for those working on the front lines to change the food system. Their unique model — a "community supported blog" — has served as the voice of the food movement and provided a platform and space to grow dialogue on important food movement issues with over 100,000 page views per month. With the help of FFCF, they will produce between 40-50 feature stories on the businesses, organizations, and individuals working to change the food system, with full photography and/or video. They will then house them in a new, easy-to-access section of the site, which would serve as an archive of the food movement. Funding will support the writing, editing, photography, and back-end Web support of these stories so that they can continue to break new ground and offer fresh features and multi-media of the latest food systems news.

Ground Operations: From the Heart Productions — $45,000
Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is a documentary film and social action campaign (SAC) that champions returning combat veterans who are transitioning to civilian life with new careers as sustainable farmers, grass-fed livestock ranchers and artisan food producers. The film's subject matter brings together a unique coalition of agricultural and veteran groups and those who advocate for their support. The project brings together these two distinct cultures and communities, military veterans and agricultural producers, in a unique and unparalleled position to bring these two disparate issues together on a local, regional and national level. In partnership with the FFCF, Ground Operations will strengthen this growing network of veterans in sustainable agriculture, who are creating healthy new lives for themselves and their families, while providing access to nutritious food security for communities across America.

Common Market — $40,000
Common Market is a nonprofit distributor of local and sustainably produced foods. Founded in 2008, they have created the infrastructure to build a healthy and sustainable food system in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, providing an alternative to the mainstream food distribution system by building an interdependent distribution network that links farmers who strive to produce safe, quality products and protect the environment, with institutions and retailers. Common Market sources from a diverse network of family farmers and food artisans in the Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland) who show their commitment to sustainability. Since their founding, Common Market has moved over $4 million — or 170,000 cases — of local farm food from an average of 75 sustainable farmers to over 150 customers each year. The FFCF partnership will support the Delaware Valley Grown Project, a project about communicating the meaning, importance and regional impact of sustainably grown farm food to consumers and decision makers who have had little exposure to these concepts, while expanding access between New York City and Baltimore (100 mile radius from Philadelphia). Delaware Valley Grown is a newly designed, values and regional foodshed-focused brand and product line owned and managed by Common Market.

Lexicon of Sustainability — $70,000
The FFCF will be partnering with The Lexicon of Sustainability. This web-based program functions like Wikipedia, with three notable exceptions. First, it allows the community to create multiple definitions for a term, which is critical for an evolving language. Second, it is not anonymous. Third it allows people to share their experiences and observations, building community and conversation around ideas. The Lexicon has a strong grassroots program that is the heart of their information sharing goal. Through Pop Up Art Shows, Project Localize and Short Subject Films they provide a voice for local solutions. With their food and farm literacy high school curriculum, they are generating a new generation of ambassadors who are deeply connected and passionate about these issues while inspiring a new generation of youth to go on to schools to become farmers, ranchers, food policy advocates and leaders.

The Real Food Media Project — $50,000
Real Food Media Project is a collaborative effort of leading food and farming organizations from around the country — groups like Slow Food USA, Sustainable Table, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and more — created to respond to the need for more powerful messaging about sustainable food and farming. Their mission is to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming through four main initiatives: (1) Food MythBusters movie series; (2) Real Food Media Contest, interactive online movie contest; (3) Online Action Center (4) publications, public speaking, and grassroots and student events. Since their launch, their short movies have been watched three-quarters of a million times and translated into 10 languages; and supported creative campaigns on everything from GMO labeling to fair wages for food workers. With support from the FFCF, the Project will advance the new Real Food Media Contest in 2014. The Contest is a highly public, interactive movie contest tapping into leading film schools and undergraduate film, communications, and environmental studies programs to solicit captivating short movies about sustainable food and farming. Voting by a panel of high-profile judges and an online community will generate widespread interest in the contest. The Project's diverse coalition of food and farming organizations will also help put the contest in front of millions.

Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources — $20,000
The mission of the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR) is to advance public understanding and civic engagement about issues of environment protection, resource conservation and responsible economic development through better journalism. During 2013 and 2014, with the help of FFCF support, IJNR will conduct two Institutes that will include sustainable agriculture as a key focus. During these trips, journalists will speak with experts, and glean a clearer understanding of the complexities inherent in the nation's agricultural system. Journalists will visit several different types of farms and discussions will cover key questions to determine how journalists can play a role in increasing public awareness of the good food movement. By meeting farmers, advocates, and researchers in the field, journalists will not only have a better sense of what's at stake, but they will also understand what's possible, what farmers strive for, what roadblocks farmers run up against, and how to tell food stories in ways that are clear, accurate, and effective.

Practical Farmers of Iowa — $45,000
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers is advancing profitable, ecologically sound, and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-led investigation and information sharing. With FFCF support, Practical Farmers of Iowa will provide training, staff assistance, and advertising to help a cadre of farmers secure widespread media coverage on how sustainable farmers are "growing more than crops, bringing more than food to the table." In the media coverage, the farmers will focus on telling their farm stories and advocating for policy changes that will help Iowa's agricultural landscape become more sustainable. Most of the farmers trained under this project will be soil and water conservation district commissioners, who have a great deal of power to improve conservation policy on federal, state, and local levels.

Union of Concerned Scientists — $50,000
Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve the planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, they combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. UCS shares the Food and Farm Communication Fund's goal for more robust, effective communication about the productivity and cost effectiveness of organic, local, and sustainable food systems. With FFCF support, UCS will help enhance the communications capacity of the expert and advocacy communities and expand resources for communication across these groups including the use of compelling visuals, including a video which helps make the case for changes in agriculture policy--to highlight the public health, economic, and environmental benefits of a healthy food and farming system.

Center for Rural Affairs — $120,000 ($20,000 to Pesticide Action network)
The mission of the Center for Rural Affairs is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. CRA believes that food and farm advocates have yet to fully capitalize on the ever-growing national interest in local food and sustainable agriculture. With FFCF support, CRA and Pesticide Action Network will influence the media narrative by introducing and sustaining a grassroots-based and policy-informed narrative for change to the national conversation. Efforts will include building the movement's media capacity, particularly in digital media. They will also expand hands-on member training work via in-person NSAC member meetings, regional conferences, and webinars to meet the growing demand enabling strategically targeted, compelling stories with personal narratives.

Food and Environment Reporting Network — $62,000
The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is the first and only independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that produces investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health through publication partnerships with respected local and national media outlets. With FFCF support in 2013, their aim is to produce between 15 and 20 hard-hitting investigative news stories and to support these stories with strong public relations campaigns. FERN's primary activity is to develop specifically targeted reports that inform the debate, and thus effect policy change, in its areas of concern: food, agriculture and environmental health.

Corporate Accountability International to support Small Planet Institute — $52,000
The Real Food Media Project of Small Planet institute is a collaborative project that uses online movies, grassroots events and workshops, and a web-based action and resource center to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. In 2013, FFCF support will help to produce an online movie series, focused on debunking persistent myths about industrial food and showing sustainable agricultural alternatives, and a website that will serve as an action and education hub.