Our Grantees

Our Food and Farm Communications Fund grant enabled us to hire a communications person to help us craft a new narrative that has had a tremendous impact on the consistency and effectiveness of our message and how we communicate to the outside world, as well as our internal networks.Food and Farm Communications Fund Grantee

We are excited to share our group of 2019 Core Grants recipients, listed below. This cohort was selected from a pool of over 150 compelling applications, a reflection of the urgent and widespread need for targeted communications support.

Since its launch in 2012, the Food and Farm Communications Fund has awarded more than $2.5 million of communications-focused funding to 54 organizations and projects working on food and farm systems change.

Please note: In 2018, the Fund engaged in a formative evaluation and updated its grant offerings based on its findings. This page offers listings of past grantees; however, please note that historic grants may not reflect the Fund’s most recent updates. Please refer to our Grantmaking page for further details regarding the Fund’s current priorities, criteria, restrictions, funding range, and application timeline and process.

2019 Core Grant Recipients

  • The Center for Rural Strategies, based in Whitesburg, KY — to support an integrated communications campaign that produces and distributes content in ways that 1) increase the capacity of grassroots, multi-sector rural advocates and their national networks to address food systems change; 2) positively affect the coverage of food systems issues in local, regional, and national media; and 3) educate local, state, and national policymakers on food systems reform topics.

  • Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas - CATA, Glassboro, NJ — to support developing a communications strategy to enhance the organization’s capacity to effectively communicate with and engage the farmworker and low-wage Latino community and allies regarding important issues including food justice, immigrant justice, and workers’ rights.

  • Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY — to expand their story-based multimedia communications campaign, focused upon shifting the narrative surrounding Appalachia’s farmers and farming culture by documenting and celebrating individual farmer’s efforts, connecting current problems in modern agriculture to the forces responsible, and presenting action steps in order to help influence a brighter farm and food future through systems change.

  • Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD — to support both shifting the dominant narrative and educating citizens and decision makers regarding Food and Agriculture policy and programs by bridging Native and non-Native narrative and stories about training beginning farmers and ranchers in holistic sustainable agricultural practices and methodologies, and fighting factory farming development at the detriment of rural and low income and often ill-represented communities.

  • The Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc., Apopka, FL — to support engaging the services of a consultant to work with staff in carrying out a comprehensive, integrated planning and strategy-setting process for addressing both internal and external communication needs of the organization.

  • HEAL Food Alliance, based in Oakland, CA — to support 1) communications trainings for 55 member organizations, 2) cross-sector communications development to simplify the Platform for Real Food, and 3) implementation of communications infrastructure to collectively elevate the voice, presence, and stories of people who are at the forefront of change in the food and farm justice movements, but largely invisible in mainstream media.

  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL — to support a comprehensive narrative training for a cohort of 25 farmer leaders and regenerative movement organizers to tell their own inspiring stories about soil’s capacity to draw down carbon and protect drinking water to non-farming policymakers and their constituents, with urgency in a way that generates action.

  • La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, NM — to support a community storytelling project to shape a narrative framework and messaging about the Farm Bill and how it impacts all of our lives; the community’s lived experience and wisdom will advance the public and policy narrative about the human dimensions of inequity and innovation in farm and food policy.

  • La Via Campesina South Asia, based in Rajarajeshwarinagar, Bangalore — to support communications training programs that will lead to the formation of Peasant Communicators collectives comprising young peasant members of La Via Campesina South Asia.

  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), based in Washington DC — to support creation of a Communications Fellow position, as well as the introduction of new software that will enhance the Fellow's experience and grow NSAC's overall communications capacity.

  • The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, based in Gloucester, MA — to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated communication strategy that 1) helps communicate the upcoming name change to the North American Marine Alliance, and 2) to build connectivity, alignment, solidarity, and collective power within our Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC) network and with other movements in the fight against the corporate takeover of the ocean, land, fishing rights, and our food systems

  • Soil Generation, Philadelphia, PA — to enhance the organization’s digital presence, strengthen networks, and grow the coalition of Black and Brown urban farmers and gardeners in Philadelphia working for a just transition.

  • Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON), Atlanta, GA — to create and leverage a video series on Black ecologically sustainable farmers in the Southeastern United States 1) to strengthen SAAFON’s strategy of building collective power among the farmers so that they can lead the creation of an alternative food system rooted in progressive values; and 2) to shift the U.S. cultural narrative about the Black agrarianism as a catalyst for social change.


Photo Credit

Cover > “Market Talk” by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.