2021 Core Grantees

  • Brandworkers, Long Island, NY
    Building Brandworkers’ Capacity to Support Food Factory Worker Organizing — to support the strategic communications, campaign coordination, and storytelling efforts of the Brandworkers Communications team; and utilize digital organizing trainings to support their efforts to mobilize factory workers to win dignified jobs and build power across the industry.
  • Center Pole, Garryowen, MT
    Building Power through Food and Communications in Indian Country — to provide decolonization, leadership, media, and radio trainings for the Center Pole staff and community; and to conduct a feasibility study to increase the power and reach of Crow Voices, Center Pole’s reservation-based low power radio station.
  • Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas - CATA, regional, based in Glassboro, NJ
    Building CATA’s Communication Capacity in a Time of COVID-19 — to advance CATA to the next level in digital communications by building strategic digital organizing capacity, amplifying farmworkers’ narratives using written, audio, and visual mediums, and using new digital platforms to organize the farmworker community in addressing food justice and workers’ rights issues related to COVID-19.
  • Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED), national, based in Santa Rosa, CA
    CoCOON (Cooperators Creating Our Own Narratives) — to offer a communications incubator program — “Cooperators Creating Our Own Narratives/ CoCOON” — for young Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous cooperators and cooperators of color who are building a cooperative food ecosystem and advancing food and land justice. The program will help participants reshape food and farm systems narratives as joyful, liberatory, and resilient.
  • Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD, in partnership with Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Pittsboro, NC
    Language Matters — to expand the reach of “Language Matters: Tools for Eliminating Xenophobic Language in Grassroots Organizing,” a training developed to disrupt use of xenophobic language in food, farming, and agricultural narrative and messaging campaigns.
  • Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc., Apopka, FL
    Strengthening Communications: Sharing the Story and Shifting the Narrative — to strengthen both internal and external communication systems to help reach, engage, and build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities. Funds will support a new communications database, website updates, and staff communications trainings.
  • Food Chain Workers Alliance, national, based in Los Angeles, CA
    Strategic Communications to Scale Up Food Workers Organizing Through COVID and Beyond — to scale up the communications campaigns of FCWA’s worker-based member organizations, develop communications strategies and tools to elevate new collective FCWA campaigns, and expand FCWA’s commitment to language justice.
  • HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance, Garryowen, MT
    Building a Bolder Bullhorn — to grow HEAL’s narrative development and dissemination activities that amplify frontline and BIPOC voices, and fortify HEAL’s communications infrastructure to support these goals. The project will produce quarterly toolkits to provide HEAL members and allies with powerful, shared messaging; offer a policy webinar series; and increase the media visibility of BIPOC and frontline food and farm leaders by building a database of members and allies as press spokespeople.
  • I-Collective, national, based in Appleton, WI
    Interactive Indigenous Cookbook and Webinar Series — to produce an Interactive Indigenous Cookbook and webinar series that supports I-Collective’s vision to promote Indigenous ingredients and histories, and strengthen intertribal relationships with food. The cookbook will be an accessible, culturally relevant resource that reintroduces nutritious ancestral foods to the I-Collective community in an innovative way that breaks down stigma and rekindles the critical relationships Indigenous people have always had with their food.
  • Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), national, based in Bemidji, MN
    Elevating Food Sovereignty Storytelling Within an Indigenous Just Transition — to amplify and elevate the food sovereignty stories of IEN members to a greater audience. The project will weave the wealth of grassroots stories within the IEN network into an overarching narrative that will build collective power towards an Indigenous Just Transition away from the dominant, colonial, extractive economy and towards a regenerative vision for sustainable communities rooted in traditional knowledge, tribal self-determination, and the inherent rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA
    Iowa CCI’s Rural Communicators Project — to mobilize Iowa CCI’s rural base and build a rural communicators network, giving members the skills and tools that they need to shift the narrative in rural Iowa and tell a visionary public story that shapes political possibility. Using tools like the Race-Class Narrative, Iowa CCI will train rural Iowans in narrative-shifting strategies, encouraging the public and local decision-makers in rural Iowa to think beyond the economic and political constraints that Big Ag deems possible.
  • La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, NM
    Paso del Norte Foodways: Galvanizing Resilience Narratives — to galvanize La Semilla’s emerging narratives, storytelling efforts, and a recently developed Farm Bill zine into an applied storytelling strategy that bridges the gap between local needs and local, state, and national food policies. The work will include communications planning and strategy setting; increasing organizational digital communications capacity; and supporting food justice advocacy efforts through the development of media products based on the Farm Bill zine.
  • Migrant Justice, Burlington, VT
    Milk with Dignity Communications — to bolster Migrant Justice’s communications capacity in its efforts to expand the Milk with Dignity Program. By developing narratives and communications materials highlighting the voices and strategic vision of immigrant farmworkers, the campaign will build consumer pressure to urge companies to source dairy from farms that comply with worker-defined standards for labor and housing conditions.
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO
    Justice Crossroads Communication Project — to support the Justice Crossroads Communications Project in developing and expanding a transformational narrative shift across the food chain in Missouri. The project will include discussions, webinars, film showings, and more centered on topics including racial and economic justice, food systems, and the negative impacts of industrial agriculture.
  • National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA), national, based in Atlanta, GA
    Afro-Ecology Archiving and Comms Capacity Building — to develop an Afro-ecology Archive— a multimedia digital resource bank for individuals, organizations, and communities who are interested in Black food and land history and politics—and a Digital Communications Workshop series to help build the communications capacities of NBFJA members.
  • Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Boston, MA
    NEFOC Communications Support — to develop an organization-wide communications strategy and plan; design and roll-out a multilingual social media campaign to create awareness of BIPOC land access needs and land-based wealth redistribution strategies; and edit and produce a multi-lingual podcast and webinar series that will illuminate the living and evolving movement of BIPOC land access.
  • Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC
    Utilizing Technology to Inform and Educate in the Virtual age — to expand communication with Operation Spring Plant’s base of Black and Brown small family farmers through updated communications platforms and websites, storytelling, and multicultural communications and translations. These new communications tools will be used to expand the organization’s reach and train farmers on issues ranging from farming techniques to business education.
  • Rural Community Workers Alliance, Green City, MO
    Workers Rights Video Series — to support Rural Community Workers Alliance—a worker-led organization of refugee and immigrant workers from the food industry—to develop and publish a video series targeting a variety of workers rights issues in English, Spanish, and French.
  • Soul Fire Farm Institute Inc., Petersburg, NY
    Liberation on Land Video Series — to support the Liberation on Land Afro-Indigenous farming video series featuring Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color farmers and land stewards. Paying homage to legacies of Afro-Indigenous land-based innovation carried through generations, each “how to” video will illustrate practical, hands-on skills for making life and livelihood on land, feeding one’s family and community, and strengthening community food sovereignty.
  • Uprooted & Rising, national based in Brooklyn, NY
    We Feed Us! Food Sovereignty Meets Digital Storytelling — to build capacity for storytelling and digital organizing that energizes young Black, Indigenous, and people of color around food sovereignty. The project will develop new content—zines, oral histories, story maps, and broadcasts—and train and coach leaders in digital organizing.
  • VietLead, Philadelphia, PA
    Southeast Asian Growers’ Book — to gather stories for The Growers’ Book, a collection of traditional Southeast Asian refugee growing methods and stories of cultural crops. The Growers’ Book will be used to train VietLead’s intergenerational growers and will be shared nationally as part of the Southeast Asian Freedom Network to support other growers and to bring people who are already practicing food sovereignty into the national struggle for food sovereignty.
  • Warehouse Workers for Justice, Chicago, IL
    Food Worker Storytelling Project — to blend digital outreach, leadership development of frontline food workers, and spokesperson training to maximize the effectiveness of worker leaders in describing their struggles and work conditions in one of Illinois’ largest workforces. The project will bring to the forefront the stories of workers who play an essential role in feeding millions across the country.