2018 Farm Aid Grantees awarded $695,679, include 17 farms and organizations in New England

Here's a photo of Willie Nelson signing grant checks. In 2018, Farm Aid granted a total of $695,679.

After a successful 33rd Annual Farm Aid Concert in Hartford, Connecticut back in September, Farm Aid has announced its 2018 Farm Aid Grantees.

In addition to Farm Aid’s work throughout the year to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, Farm Aid funds family farm and rural service organizations through their annual grant program.

In 2018, Farm Aid granted a total of $695,679. Of those grants, $551,500 was given in competitive and strategic grants to 78 family farm, rural service and urban agriculture organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Of those grants, a total of $95,000 were awarded to 17 farms across New England (6 in CT, 7 in MA, 1 in RI, 1 in NH, 1 in ME, and 1 in VT).

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Grants ranged from $5,000 to $25,000. Emergency grants totaling $45,000 were made to farm families to cover essential household expenses. These $500 emergency grants are recommended on a case-by-case basis by Farm Aid’s farm advocates, who answer calls on the 1-800 FARM AID hotline and connect farmers with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to their individual needs.

“We view our grantees around the country as critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all, the Farm Aid website states.

Editor’s Note – See our photo gallery from the event here – Photos: Farm Aid Rocks Hartford



Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems and connect farmers directly to consumers.

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Birmingham, AL: $5,000 to support sustainable farming and food sovereignty movement-building in Alabama. http://asanonline.org

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, OH: $6,000 to provide livestock and specialty crop farmers in Appalachian Ohio with resources to expand direct and wholesale revenue opportunities. http://acenetworks.org

Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to sustain Bridgeport Farmers Markets and local farmers. https://bridgeportfarmersmarkets.org

City Seed, Inc., New Haven, CT: $5,000 to support farm viability in Connecticut by building networks between Connecticut food businesses and farmers. http://cityseed.org/

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, Inc (CISA), South Deerfield, MA: $5,000 to engage the community to support local agriculture not just as consumers, but also as advocates for a resilient and diverse local food economy. https://www.buylocalfood.org

Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City, KS: $5,000 to increase the number of local farmers growing and selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables and to help consumers address barriers that stand between them and purchasing healthy food. http://www.cultivatekc.org

Dreaming Out Loud, Washington, DC: $5,000 to train local residents to become farmers, distribute produce from local farms, and grow produce to provide healthy and affordable food for communities of color and low income communities. http://dreamingoutloud.org

Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI: $5,000 to deepen community connections in low-to-moderate income areas in Rhode Island. http://www.farmfreshri.org

Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL: $6,000 for the Agroecology & Cooperative Development School that will increase the number of farmworker-owned cooperatives, increase low-income community members’ access to affordable, organic foods and raise low-income community members’ awareness of the importance of producing and consuming locally grown foods. http://floridafarmworkers.org

Green Village Initiative, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to cultivate new farmers in Bridgeport through Youth Leadership Programming for young people and Urban Farmer Training Programming for adults. http://www.gogvi.org

Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: $5,000 to support urban farmers and promote urban agriculture in Pittsburgh and surrounding urban landscapes. http://www.growpittsburgh.org

GrowNYC, New York, NY: $5,000 for the New York State Regional Food Hub that will benefit regional family farms and New York City consumers with critical infrastructure for storage, aggregation and distribution of foods from local family farms. https://www.grownyc.org

Hartford Food System, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to engage farmers in the development of a Connecticut food system plan through Farmer Listening Tours. http://www.Hartfordfood.org

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG),Kingston, NY: $6,000 to catalyze meaningful change toward a just and sustainable food system across 12 Northeastern states. http://nesawg.org

Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sheridan, WY: $5,000 to advance local food systems in Wyoming. http://www.powderriverbasin.org

Real Food Challenge, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to create a system-wide shift in the university foodservice industry that consistently invests in family farms and sustainable food enterprises. http://realfoodchallenge.org

Red Tomato, Plainville, MA: $5,000 to help midsized growers through marketing efforts promoting advanced integrated pest management and agroecological tree fruit production. http://www.redtomato.org

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP),South Dartmouth, MA: $5,000 to strengthen their technical assistance for farmers, and for local food promotion in the Southeastern Massachusetts community. http://www.semaponline.org

Sustainable Food Center, Austin, TX: $5,000 to advance business development strategies for local family farms in its network of direct to consumer markets and innovative Farm to Work program. https://sustainablefoodcenter.org

Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action, Grand Junction, CO: $5,000 to protect and support local family farmers and ranchers through legislative action, public outreach, and the development of regional food hubs. http://westerncoloradoalliance.org


Providing farmers with support and resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable farming practices and/or continue farming in the face of financial crises and/or natural disasters.

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Salinas, CA: $6,000 to support an accredited training program that provides economic opportunities for skilled immigrant farmworkers and other early-stage farmers. http://www.albafarmers.org

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon, VA: $7,500 to increase the viability and profitability of small scale farms by assisting them with developing and implementing comprehensive, science-based business plans. http://asdevelop.org

California FarmLink, Aptos, CA: $5,000 to provide farm transition and estate planning, business and strategic planning, and one-on-one assistance to farmers. http://www.californiafarmlink.org

Connecticut Farmland Trust, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to permanently protect farmland for agricultural use in Connecticut. http://www.ctfarmland.org

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), St. Paul, MN: $25,000 to operate its National Legal Hotline for Family Farmers and provide crucial legal services to family farmers and their communities, and help farm families stay on their land. http://www.flaginc.org

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), St. Paul, MN: $20,000 to support their legal work related to the dairy crisis. http://www.flaginc.org

Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Albany, GA: $15,000 for education, training and development for producers and cooperatives in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi and to promote a regional marketing system in the South. http://www.federation.coop

Food Works, Carbondale, IL: $5,000 to improve viability for sustainable farmers in southern Illinois through workshops that strengthen marketing, legal and financial skills. http://www.fwsoil.org

Holistic Management International (HMI), Albuquerque, NM: $6,000 to educate family farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats, and protect the environment. http://www.holisticmanagement.org

Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE: $10,000 for the Rural Response Hotline that provides access to mediation services, legal assistance, bankruptcy evaluation, financial clinics and best practices clinics for family farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. http://www.imneb.org/

KNOX, Inc., Hartford, CT: $5,000 for its incubator farm program that provides low-income beginning farmers with land, training, and connections to scale up their production and launch their own family farming businesses. http://www.knoxhartford.org

Land For Good, Keene, NH: $5,000 to provide no- and low-cost coaching and advising to farm seekers, transitioning farm families and others who control farmland, and to support the New England Farmland Finder. http://landforgood.org

Land Loss Prevention Project, Durham, NC: $17,500 to provide direct legal services, technical assistance and outreach to socially disadvantaged farmers and farm businesses in North Carolina and the Southeast. https://www.landloss.org

Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA: $5,000 to help partner farms navigate food safety regulations and compliance. http://www.localfoodhub.org

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME: $5,000 to provide family farmers with ongoing resources to start farming, transition to more sustainable practices, and continue farming. http://www.mofga.org

Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Spring Valley, WI: $6,000 for over 20,000 Upper Midwestern farmers to receive resources, education and support to establish sustainable organic practices and make their farms more resilient. https://mosesorganic.org

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA: $6,000 to grow and scale its farmer training programs and to establish the Central Incubator Training Site as a centralized beginning farmer training hub. https://nesfp.org

Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC: $6,000 to implement sustainable farming practices in North Carolina and to bridge the gap between local farmers and communities in food deserts. http://www.operationspringplant.org

Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA: $5,000 to increase the success of existing organic farmers and provide support and encouragement for farmers transitioning to organic production. http://ofrf.org

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA),Millheim, PA: $7,000 to equip family farmers in Pennsylvania and surrounding states with the knowledge, experience, and tools they need to operate financially viable, environmentally sustainable, and socially just farm businesses as they face a changing climate. https://www.pasafarming.org

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA: $6,000 to build a farmer-to-farmer network for Iowa’s orchardists by hosting a series of networking and knowledge sharing events. http://www.practicalfarmers.org

Quivira Coalition, Santa Fe, NM: $6,000 for the New Agrarian Program that supports farmers who mentor the next generation of food and fiber growers and the future stewards of western working landscapes. http://quiviracoalition.org

Rogue Farm Corps, Ashland, OR: $5,000 to equip the next generation of Oregon farmers and ranchers with the tools and experience needed to launch and run successful, sustainable farm businesses. https://www.roguefarmcorps.org

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA),Pittsboro, NC: $25,000 to provide expert, in-depth financial counseling to farmers in financial crisis, plans for transition of the farm to the next generation and assistance with developing new farm enterprises that bring a greater percentage of the food dollar back to the farm. http://rafiusa.org

Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Albany, GA: $8,000 to increase opportunities for limited-resource farmers who are unable to adequately tap into viable markets by providing outreach, training and technical assistance. http://www.swgaproject.com

The Carrot Project, Boston, MA: $5,000 to foster a sustainable and diverse food system by supporting ecologically- and financially-sustainable small and midsize farms and food processors by with financing and financial literacy training. http://www.thecarrotproject.org

The Food Group, New Hope, MN: $6,000 to support Big River Farms, a program that offers organic and sustainable agriculture education to historically underrepresented farmers. https://thefoodgroupmn.org

The Land Connection, Champaign, IL: $5,000 to offer training courses to beginning and sustainable farmers in Central Illinois. http://thelandconnection.org

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England, Westport, MA: $5,000 to revitalize and strengthen livestock farming in southern New England by creating a meat processing facility and creating educational opportunities for partner farmers. http://www.thelivestockinstitute.org


Working to promote fair farm policies and/or grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm agriculture on a local, regional or national level.

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Sebastopol, CA: $7,500 to advance the powerful and unique climate action solutions offered by organic and sustainable agriculture by cultivating farmer leaders to engage in and mobilize on climate policy. http://calclimateag.org

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Davis, CA: $6,000 for work on food safety outreach, focusing on the Food Safety Modernization Act, and compost policy and regulation in California. http://www.caff.org

Community Farm Alliance, Berea, KY: $6,000 to provide community organizing capacity and leadership development to defend Kentucky’s family farmers from “one size fits all” policy and in supporting policy that sustains the vitality of family farms and increases healthy food access to vulnerable communities. http://cfaky.org

Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, ND: $7,000 to organize and engage farmers and ranchers in efforts to promote sustainable and profitable family-operated agriculture. http://drcinfo.org

Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, SD: $7,000 to combat CAFOs from being sited in rural South Dakota without community support or environmental regulation, specifically in high vulnerability areas such as Native and low-wealth communities. http://www.dakotarural.org

Family Farm Defenders, Madison, WI: $6,000 to mobilize and support dairy farmers in their demand for a parity price and rural dignity, build rural-urban and cross-border solidarity and ensure that food sovereignty is near the top of the agenda for tackling climate change and ensuring climate justice. http://familyfarmers.org

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Cameron, TX: $6,000 to engage farmers in key areas of the state, identify their most pressing issues, empower them with advocacy tools and create tangible change. http://farmandranchfreedom.org

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), St. Paul, MN: $5,000 to educate partner farmers on the Small Farm Food Safety Modernization Act. http://www.flaginc.org

Friends of Family Farmers, Salem, OR: $5,000 to recruit and train farmers and ranchers as spokespeople for the Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the state Capitol. http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Boise, ID: $7,000 to expand demand for local food through organizational purchasing policies, expand sustainable livestock production and processing, stop unfair trade deals and to change the dominate narrative to one that supports local and sustainable agriculture systems. http://www.iorcinfo.org

Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, IL: $6,000 to win state legislative priorities in 2019 and expand their capacity to engage members, develop leaders, and build a more powerful organization. http://www.ilstewards.org

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN: $7,000 to develop responses to climate change that work for family farmers and to promote a new trade agenda that works for small and mid-sized farmers. https://www.iatp.org

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA: $7,500 for the Factory Farm Accountability Project that works to support family farm agriculture and protect Iowa’s environment from factory farm pollution. http://iowacci.org

Kansas Farmers Union Foundation, McPherson, KS: $7,000 to mentor active young leaders in Kansas who are fighting for family farm agriculture and expand their abilities to promote family farm agriculture in policy development and to the public. http://www.kansasfarmersunion.com

Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN: $7,000 to organize to create a health care system that works for farmers and rural Minnesotans. http://landstewardshipproject.org

Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC), Columbia, MO: $7,500 to engage its members and the public in the democratic process, build grassroots power in local and state policy arenas and challenge factory farms coming into local communities. http://morural.org

National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Washington, DC: $25,000 to fight for just and fair prices for family farmers, equitable access to credit for independent food and fiber producers and rural community organizing. http://nffc.net

National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Washington, DC: $5,000 to support their 2018 winter strategy meeting. http://nffc.net

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Washington, DC: $15,000 to advance sustainable agriculture in federal policy, and to work on advocacy and grassroots engagement with their members and farmers across the country. http://sustainableagriculture.net

National Young Farmers Coalition, Hudson, NY: $6,000 to expand its grassroots base, address racial inequity in agriculture, win a farm bill that supports young farmers, increase policy analysis on key issue areas, create leadership development opportunities for young farmers, and win state-level policy change that sets precedents for other states to follow. http://www.youngfarmers.org

Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Council (NOFA-IC), Barre, MA: $14,000 to bring together farmers, farm groups, environmental organizations, and other potential soil health proponents in order to advance soil health advocacy in the Northeast. http://www.nofa.org

Northern Plains Resource Council, Billings, MT: $7,000 for the Family Farm Protection Plan, which is an assertive, multi-pronged effort to ensure the viability of Montana’s family farms and ranches. www.northernplains.org

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association, Columbus, OH: $6,000 to engage farmer leaders and advocates in implementing the new Farm Bill. http://www.oeffa.org

Oregon Rural Action, La Grande, OR: $5,000 to organize against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), shift the narrative about food and agriculture, and challenge anti-immigrant ballot measures to protect farmworkers. http://oregonrural.org

Organic Farmers Association, Kutztown, PA: $6,500 to mobilize its farmer members around its policy platform, influence policy in DC and begin to unify the national organic farmer network through stronger relationships among organic farmer organizations. https://rodaleinstitute.org/get-involved/organic-farmers-association/

Organic Seed Alliance, Port Townsend, WA: $5,000 for policy and advocacy work that leads to the increased availability, quality, and integrity of organic seed. https://seedalliance.org

Organization for Competitive Markets, Lincoln, NE: $5,000 for a farmer and consumer education campaign about commodity checkoff programs and their harmful impact on family farmers. http://competitivemarkets.com

Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT: $5,000 to lead the resurgence of community-scale agriculture through education, advocacy, and organizing. https://www.ruralvermont.org

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fayetteville, AR: $5,000 to empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. http://www.ssawg.org

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, Charleston, WV: $6,000 for the Statewide Food and Farm Policy Advocacy program, which develops and advocates for local, state, and federal policies that directly reflect the voices of the food and farm community and support a resilient and equitable local food system. http://wvfoodandfarm.org

Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project),Billings, MT: $10,000 to strengthen local food procurement, combat harmful corporate consolidation and vertical integration, and share stories of local producers and communities who have stood up to Big Agriculture. http://www.worc.org

Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI: $5,000 to support their Dairy Together campaign to organize dairy farmers impacted by unfair markets