2019 Capacity Mini-Grant Recipients

  • Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Chicago, Illinois – to purchase audio/visual equipment to enable communications, outreach, and education to be more accessible to members, including equipment to live stream educational workshops and events, language interpretation support of printed materials and events, as well as engaging a consultant to develop a communications strategy for the organization.
  • Alliance for Fair Food, Immokalee, Florida – to purchase equipment needed to produce high-quality photos and videos that document the vibrant and powerful grassroots mobilizations of thousands of consumers for farmworker justice, and shape the public narrative of the national Campaign for Fair Food, led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
  • Dakota Resource Council, Bismark, North Dakota – to bring additional communications capacity to narrative change efforts surrounding the impacts of the trade war on North Dakota farmers and ranchers.
  • FoodLab Detroit (in partnership with Keep Growing Detroit), Detroit, Michigan – to bring additional communications capacity to the “The Fruits Of Our Labor” campaign that reimages the status quo in the food system, with women chefs & farmers in Detroit leading the way towards an equitable, local food system.
  • Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF), Corbett, Oregon –support for a comprehensive revision and upgrade of overall brand strategy, social media and digital strategy, graphic design, and marketing materials that more clearly demonstrate – and seek broader support for – the vital work the organization contributes on behalf of Oregon’s socially responsible farmers.
  • Michigan Food and Farming Systems, Okemos, Michigan – to hire a communications consultant for strategies and technical assistance on storytelling and demonstrating the organization’s impact. Improving organizational communications will support honoring the farmers they serve and communicating the story of beginning and underserved farmers in Michigan to help increase public awareness of the many faces of farming.
  • Migrant Justice, Burlington, Vermont – for communications capacity-building and work with a design firm to develop campaign graphics and materials to aid in the Milk with Dignity campaign. Through legally-binding agreements with large dairy companies, Milk with Dignity secures human rights for farmworkers and promotes economic justice in dairy supply chains.
  • The NWI Food Council, Crown Point, Indiana – to hire a communications consultant to work with executive board members carrying out a comprehensive, integrated planning and public relations strategy for addressing both internal and external communication needs of the organization; including executing a storytelling project aimed at shifting the narrative around beginning and underserved farmers and regional identity.
  • Rural Community Workers Alliance, Green City, Missouri – to empower immigrant and refugee workers in Northeast Missouri to address the needs and concerns they have in their workplaces and the communities where they reside. Empowerment of these workers is conducted by providing opportunities for individuals and groups to share their frustrations, experiences, and proposed solutions to issues in their daily working conditions along with labor rights education and leadership development trainings – all in their primary languages.
  • Rural Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont – to bring communications capacity to a 2020 state tour, asking farmers about challenges and opportunities before them, while capturing their ideas for preserving our agricultural heritage and the health of our ecosystems for future generations. Their stories will inform Rural Vermont’s advocacy work, and be recorded and widely shared to demonstrate farming’s positive impact, as well as expose the barriers to viability. Rural Vermont is dedicated to supporting Vermont’s food traditions, working lands, and the people behind both.
  • VietLead (Resilient Roots Community Farm), East Camden, New Jersey – to record, translate, transcribe, and create a Growers’ Book that will capture the grower stories of community members and be used to train VietLead’s intergenerational community internally and shared nationally to support other growers and communities.
  • Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), Ames, Iowa – to create webinars and a shareable how-to manual and policy handbook that both WFAN staff and members can use to better craft and communicate their stories on stages, in interviews, at podiums, and in the fields.