The future of real food begins with young farmers

To truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC. Meet the 150 farmers and learn how they are investing their $5,000 Seed Grants to grow their farms.

Emmanuel Marte
Micro2life LLC, Connecticut

As a recipient of the Young Farmer Grant, I plan to use the funds to expand our production of growing vegetables and to provide more educational resources to the community. In addition, this grant will help us to eliminate our business debt and expand our marketing opportunities.

My name is Emmanuel Marte and I am the co-founder of Micro2life LLC. Established in 2018, Micro2life LLC is an agricultural business with a mission to educate and supply organic microgreens and vegetables to the local community. We believe in regenerative agricultural practices, such as no-till farming with the use of local organic soil amendments. The community I serve is considered a food desert with limited access to locally grown produce. I believe nutrition education can be part of the solution to bring attention to the community on the importance of knowing where their food comes from.

Kaneisha Miller
EM Farms LLC, Georgia

I plan to use this grant to expand EM farming operations, add a pavilion, and pay off farming debit accumulated over time. Recently I have been thinking of expanding EM into livestock as well.

EM Farms provides seasonal fruits and vegetables along with our hand-crafted value-added goods such as peach preserves, pepper sauce, and pepper jelly. We love to host agri-tourism events such as our EM-To-Table dinners and Haunted Forest.

James Mosbey II
Liberty Village, Texas

Thanks to the resources provided through this grant we will be able to clear a portion of our property to increase production space and purchase equipment for weed suppression materials along with natural materials to improve soil health and increase organic matter. We will also be able to purchase equipment to help with some of the administrative business aspects of farming to help keep us organized and retain good records, as well as expand our networking potential. Let’s grow together!

My wife, Ashley, and I were born and raised in Texas and never had experience or education in agriculture when we felt inspired to go into farming. We have been so fortunate to have been introduced to someone who is connected with local farmers who now is over a food access program that led us to developing relationships with a couple of farmers who warmly accepted us to be our mentors. I was able to attend a farmer starter program where I received invaluable resources, experience, support, relationships and certification through Farmshare Austin and hope for my wife to do the same next season. And we put our own property into production all in just a little over a year! We decided from the beginning to go into growing a variety of vegetables and fruits as well as cut flowers.

Ginga Newton
Growing Together, Minnesota

I’m so grateful to receive this grant! This is our second year of production and we are blessed to be growing 4 times as much produce this year. We are in extreme need of a cold storage unit!! Being able to store our produce effectively and efficiently is vital to our sustainability, and we will be using this grant to purchase one, as well as build up our irrigation system.

My name is Ginga Beleza Newton and I own and operate Growing Together, a nano-farm which grows produce for our local community through various direct sale outlets. We operate a small urban farm and orchard with raised beds, as well as a nano-agricultural site. I am passionate about feeding people, strengthening our local food system, and educating/inspiring others to take control of their whole wellness through gardening/farming and learning about the power of food medicine.

Tonni Oberly
Oaks & Sprouts Limited, Ohio

This is our farm’s first year of operation, and we are excited to implement regenerative and organic techniques to grow food and raise animals in a way that results in healthy food and a healthy ecosystem. We plan to use these funds to support a staff member.

I am the co-owner (with my husband) and operator of Oaks and Sprouts, located in Urbana, Ohio. My background is in public health with an emphasis on maternal and child health outcomes in the Black community. I am a researcher, PhD student, and doula and am passionate about environmental and food justice.

Dania Ortiz Flores
Global Village at Tuck Away Farm LLC, Massachusetts

We hope to resume workshops along with hosting spiritual and healing retreats with our community post-pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and the good it will bring.

I am a migrant farmer (she/her) hoping to bring people together through food and land justice. This is my second farming season with Global Village and I feel so lucky to be a part of this organization. This funding will help our goal of providing jobs for migrant workers as well as bringing affordable and sustainably grown food to the community.

Antonia Perez
Herban Cura, New York

Antonia is working with Sweet Freedom Farm, growing food and medicinals, and Herban Cura, creating accessible programming related to herbs and ancestral foods. These funds will support growing herbal medicine for Hudson, and incarcerated and urban communities in New York. Their ultimate goal is to expand their current production of herbs to be able to produce enough herbs to support the growing demands of herbal medicine.

Antonia is a clinical herbalist, gardener, artist, and co-founder of collectives Brujas and Herban Cura. They are first-gen, born and raised in NYC (Lenape territory). Descended from Mapuche peoples of Chile, their practice is rooted in their cultural lineage and is deeply informed by apprenticeships with herbalists around the Northeast, Central and South America, as well as in Thailand. Their background is in community work – they have been a community organizer, gardener, and food and environmental justice educator for over a decade. They also have a BA in environmental and urban studies from Bard College. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge with other folks, especially in urban centers, in order to interrupt notions of individualism and separatism from nature and grow towards collaborative and symbiotic communities.

Kelly Peters
Flat Tack Farm, Washington

With this grant we are able to purchase the needed materials to expand our operations (like a transplanter, upgrading our wash and pack station, and cooling systems). We also hope to solidify our joint venture into a larger cooperative that focuses on educating beginning farmers and banding together to secure land.

Flat Tack Farm is a small-scale farm in Vancouver, Washington. We specialize in growing a wide variety of produce (veggies and some fruit), all without the use of harmful pesticides, chemicals, or synthetic fertilizers, while focusing on improving the land to a healthier state using holistic, all natural practices. We are powered by hope for a healthier future, love of delicious and nutritious food, and a will to create a garden that gives back more to the earth than it is taking out. We provide food to our local community via memberships, the local farmers market, as well as the food bank and local restaurants. This season we are expanding to 2 acres of production and getting Organic Certification. We are working on a collaborative farming effort with other young farmers that do not have access to land. By collaborating our efforts we hope to increase land access and security, reduce input requirements, and share the labor.

Tadilka Rivera
La microFinca, Puerto Rico

The grant will help Tadilka complete payments on a high tunnel and the farm vehicle.

Tadilka M. Rivera Méndez is an agroecological female farmer and owner of la microFinca, a small farm located in Camuy, Puerto Rico. La microFinca grows microgreens, a variety of greens and small roots (kale, arugula, bok choi, green mix, radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots), and eggplants, green bananas, and plantains. In the last few months she incorporated three beehives and yellow yautia crops in the farm.

Ana Rodriguez
Finca Unagua, Puerto Rico

Esta subvención nos posibilitará construir un vivero de alta calidad que maximice nuestro rendimiento y producción en cuanto a la propagación de árboles, plantas medicinales y cultivos de alimento.

Soy Ana Cristina, una parte del proyecto de finca familiar nombrado Finca Unagua, en las montañas de Las Marías, Borikén. Nuestro rezo es el cuido de la tierra y el desarrollo de una relación armoniosa con ella, para dejar un legado a nuestros hijos y comunidad.

Chana Rusanov
Linke Fligl, New York

They are looking forward to using the resources from NYFC to increased garden capacity, preservation of the harvest, and farm education in the coming season.

Chana (they/them) has been raising chickens and thinking about diasporism and land connection with Linke Fligl since spring 2018, following two seasons as a farm apprentice with ADAMAH. Chana is the farmer and educator at Linke Fligl, a queer Jewish chicken farm and cultural organizing project building a radical diasporic Jewish future rooted in land, tradition, healing, and justice.

Jade Sato
Minoru Farm, Colorado

This grant will provide me the opportunity to hire another farmer and pay them a living wage, produce more food, feed more people in the community, and have a stronger foundation for year around production.

Hi, I am Jade Sato, the owner/farmer of Minoru Farm located on occupied leased land of the Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Sioux, and Ute tribes, also known as Brighton, Colorado. I am heading into the second growing season of Asian vegetable production and establishing no-till natural farming methods on two acres.

Sergio Schwartz
Del Cielo Farm, New Mexico

With this grant money we are sinking a shallow well to irrigate our fields, paying for the labor costs of cover cropping and building our soil health, and installing a gate to secure the property.

Del Cielo is budding into its first year as a farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico — striving to be intentional and reciprocal regarding the natural, cultural, and spiritual impacts of our work with our community and the land, looking generations into the future. Long-term, we envision Del Cielo as a vibrant, community-focused farm hub supporting and expanding food sovereignty in the South Valley. This year we are concentrating on establishing a food forest and native perennials, selling cut flowers and vegetables, and creating connections with local organizations and individuals.

Juan Serrano
Redbrooke Ranch, Tennessee

Juan plans on using the funding for fencing to better utilize the available land, sheep shelters, and to obtain a TN Small Ruminant Master Producer certificate.

Juan grew up in inner city Philadelphia, PA and has now become a first-generation sheep farmer on Redbrooke Ranch with his wife in Tennessee. He strives to produce sustainable meat and breeds animals that are happy and healthy with the least amount of intervention as possible. The farm produces lamb, eggs, and seasonal turkey, and does so while always prioritizing the environment and the well-being of the livestock — he only provides the kind of food he can take pride in.

Simiya Sudduth
Tha Muthaship, Missouri

The Young Farmers grant will be used to support start-up costs to create a regenerative agriculture and permaculture-based urban farm that centers food and health sovereignty for people of color by growing organic medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables, and microgreens.

Simiya is a mother, wellness practitioner, and visual and social practice-based artist with a background in sculpture and landscape architecture who is passionate about plants, sustainable and ecological design, access to healthy foods, holistic nutrition, and wellness. Simiya is combining her practice as an artist with her passions, education, and experience as a doula, bodyworker, and yoga and meditation teacher to create Tha Muthaship Urban Farm in St. Louis, MO within a collaborative growing space called The Afrofuturist Farm Collaborative.

Dreu VanHoose
VanHoose Hemp Co., Alabama

VanHoose Hemp Co. will use this money to fund costs associated with field prep and maintenance as well as help to expand our indoor greenhouse operations. We are truly grateful for the National Young Farmers Coalition and the assistance, guidance, and support they provide to young farmers.

I am Dreu VanHoose, I am 28 Years old, and my company is VanHoose Hemp Co. VanHoose Hemp Co is a minority- and woman- owned family business offering organic, sustainable hemp products straight from our family farm to the community.

Riann Wakefield
Wakefield Coffee & Tea LLC, Hawaii

With the help of this funding, we plan to build a fence to protect our tea growing project from feral ungulates and start planting our organic native Hawaiian teas. We plan to incorporate Indigenous planting techniques and knowledge within our operation.

As a mother of four, born and raised in Hawaii, there has always been a connection to the ‘aina (land) for my family and I. We are a small ohana (family) based operation in Kona on the Big Island. We are currently growing coffee for our business Wakefield Coffee & Tea LLC. Our plan is to also grow native Hawaiian teas for the tea portion of our operation.

Isis Walls
Five Finger Farms, California

Young Farmers Grant funding will is being used to obtain Organic Certification, laboratory analysis of their herb drying process, and leasing of a commercial kitchen to expand product offerings. They are excited to use this boost to experiment with new ways of sharing herbal medicine with more people!

Five Finger Farms is located in the Eel River valley on Wiyot ancestral land in Northern California. Started by Isis Walls and Jacob Ferdman in 2019, they specialize in growing medicinal herbs, roots and flowers including Calendula, Chamomile, Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow Root and Milky Oats.

Joshua White
Wild Prairie Flower Farm, Ohio

An avid gardener turned flower farmer, Josh White (alongside 2 farm partners) started Wild Prairie Flower Farm in hopes of becoming one of many examples of successful small-scale regenerative agriculture. With a compassion for the natural ecosystem, and an understanding of Permaculture principles, Wild Prairie strives towards a new vision for the cut flower world! They believe their farm is more than what they grow, it's how they grow it, and their relationship to the Earth.

Ash Teng
Bread & Roses Gardens, Indiana

Ash Teng is the co-owner of Bread & Roses Gardens and Founder/Tea Crafter of Blossom & The Bee Tea Co. B&R Gardens is a diversified no-till forest farm nestled in the Hoosier National Forest. She enjoys growing medicinal botanicals, herbs, perennial fruits, nuts and mushrooms, and firmly believes that farming ecologically and centering Indigenous mindsets will help pave the way in Climate justice. She is passionate about providing abundance while preserving land for future generations to come and loves to teach tea and gardening classes in hopes to inspire meaningful connection with her community through plants and nature.

This funding will allow them to make vital upgrades to their medicinal herb processing in order to expand production of their mindfully grown herbal teas. It will also help to cover costs of hiring part-time employees at a living wage.

Quameiha Raymond-Ducheine
Poly Culture Production, Georgia

Quameiha Raymond-Ducheine is also known as The Creole Griot. They fuse traditional storytelling methods with modern-day technology to capture living ancestors and preserve history.

Quameiha currently serves as a Land Steward and the Community Engagement Coordinator at Poly Culture Productions at Gaia Gardens. A Black woman-owned, 2.5-acre organic farm in Atlanta, Georgia. Their mission is to provide access to nutritious foods and reintroduce Afro-Indigenous people to the land through fellowship and hands-on learning experiences.

They will use this grant to hire more Land Stewards and purchase equipment such as seedling trays, landscaping fabric, and food-safe packing crates.

Quameiha is honored to be selected as a Young Farmer and looks forward to stewarding these blessings in a beneficial way for her community.

Sierra Torres and Becks Hillard
Cicada Calling Farm & Market, Louisiana

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Sadia Pollard
Prosper Farm, South Carolina

Sadia Pollard is the founder of Prosper Farm. After a year-long journey of securing land, they have found a home for their farm on a 1/2 acre lot at a local farm incubator. This year, they will be settling into the sandy soils of Columbia, SC and growing for a small member CSA, one farmers market, finding a new mushroom lab, and learning how to save seed commercially. This grant will help Sadia build a mushroom substrate sterilizer, secure a new mushroom lab, and purchase compost and other soil amendments.

Mikala Minn
Kalo Road Farm, Hawaii

Mikala is a third generation farmer in rural East Maui. Mikala’s family never owned the land they farmed, but with their wife, they were able to acquire raw land through the USDA loan program. Their plan to grow traditional Polynesian crops headlined by Kalo (Colocasia Esculenta) will be a labor of love and a lifelong journey. Kalo has seen a recent resurgence in demand, and while supply has steadily increased, there is much room for growth. Because Kalo and bananas require a lot of water, they collect rainwater to keep their system sustainable and regenerative. Their locality receives over 100 inches of rain per year, so developing infrastructure to catch and retain this gift is crucial to their operations. They plan to purchase a catchment tank and build out a nice system that will allow them to grow as the years go by.

Adriana Hiestand Salgado
Wilder Natural Farm, California

Wilder Natural Farm is a small, Latinx family farm in Humboldt County. They produce pasture-raised heritage pork and Muscovy duck meat. They also tend a small-scale market garden focusing on ancestral, Andean crops. Wilder Natural Farm plans to use this grant funding to pay-off debt from building infrastructure necessary for their pasture-raised meats.

Danielle Fegan
Three Dogs Seed Farm, Michigan

Dani Fegan is the owner of Three Dogs Seed Farm, an Indigenous (Anishinaabe, Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), woman-owned, and first-generation seed, produce, native plant, and medicine farm. Three Dogs Seed Farm is located in the upper Great Lakes at Bawating (place of the rapids), or so-called Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. At Three Dogs Seed Farm, their mission is to grow seeds and foods important to their community and to steward crops adapted to the unique northern growing conditions while maintaining respectful relationships with those that call this place home. They believe seedkeeping is a hopeful, joyful act of love and prioritize restoration and maintenance of their relationships with their plant relatives and community.

With funding from the Young Farmer Grant Program, they will invest in important farm infrastructure and purchase a dual workspace and farmstand. This will allow them to grow their business by offering an additional and flexible venue for produce sales and allow a safe place to protect their harvest, supplies, and equipment during the harsh winter months.

Elena Miller-ter Kuile
Cactus Hill Farm Fiber, Colorado

Elena’s family-owned farm is a certified organic farm that has been in her family since 1967 when her Hispano ancestors crossed the mountains and settled in Southern Colorado. Her family uses the historic acequias to deliver snowmelt and spring water from the mountains to raise the crops. They practice a whole ecosystem approach to agriculture, such as building the soil, restoring the river, caring for the critters, and growing the next generation of stewards of the land.

One of Elena’s dreams for the farm is to offer educational opportunities for young people hoping to someday run their own agricultural operations. This funding will be used to restore a tiny house so that interns can live and work on the farm.

Alycia Salvas
Radical Roots Farm, Connecticut

Radical Roots Farm is a small, first generation regenerative family farm in eastern Connecticut. They raise low-impact heritage breeds of livestock that thrive in the difficult New England climate. While practicing rotational grazing to mimic the natural migration patterns, they raise multiple species in a biodynamic system. Their goal is to build a closed loop system in which they do not rely on external inputs including fruits, nuts, and vegetables. This grant will help them advance their business with electricity installation and display freezers for a farm store.

Afreen Taqui
Jalebi Gardens, Georgia

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Emily Gibson
Hunny Bunny Acres, Alaska

Hunny Bunny Acres started as a dream during college while Emily Gibson was working toward an Interdisciplinary B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies; many of her studies focused on food security and sustainability. Over the years, medical complications grew throughout the household and ultimately led to her decision to move away from the disease promoting, conventional American diet. Since healthier options are so difficult to find, and often extremely expensive in Alaska, they started with a small flock of laying chickens and grew from there. With hard work and dedication, her family and so many other individuals are able to heal and thrive with the support of high-quality allergy-friendly food options. With the blessing of the National Young Farmers Coalition grant, their farm will become more efficient, and thereby fruitful. Specifically, they will save time with a small-scale automatic egg washer, grow mushroom and fruit trees for the first time, save on hay cost with a hay net for their rams, and weatherize the rabbit barn, allowing for a longer breeding season.

Abby Runte
Moonrise Farm and Nursery, California

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Fresh Roberson
Fresher Together, Illinois

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Matthew Walsh
Project GrowCery, Indiana

Matthew Walsh is a hydroponics teacher and a community activist. Starting Project GrowCery, a company dedicated to producing fresh produce at low to no cost, he has teamed up with Anderson Preparatory Academy to use education as a means of production.

Gabriel Cavazos
Tejas Verde, Texas

Tejas Verde LLC is a Latino, disabled veteran, woman owned hemp company in Central Texas. The owners have a passion for holistic health and giving back to the veteran community. The grant funding will help them cover most of the year's operating expenses.

Danielle Guerin
Soul Food Project, Indiana

Danielle is the founder and executive director of Soul Food Project, a nonprofit urban farm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Soul Food Project's mission is to foster wellness in our community by increasing access to food through our urban farm and offering educational workshops. The farm works to build an equitable and just food system in Indianapolis using our CSA and youth programming. These funds will go towards helping to pay down debt that Danielle has acquired over the past few years while she worked to develop the farm.

Chloe Flora
Hedge Rose Farm, Oregon

Hedge Rose Farm is a small, queer, woman owned farm growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables and meats to improve food access for their rural community. Using primarily draft horse power, they practice responsible and locally-adapted methods aimed at preserving traditional skills.

This grant will be used to renovate a century-old farm building into a wash and pack facility with a storefront for easier produce handling and year-round access for customers.

Amanda Brezzell
Fennigan's Farms, Michigan

Amanda co-founded her family farm and a sustainable agricultural design group with her sister Claire. Together they run Fennigan's Farms in their hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Here, they build agricultural spaces such as gardens and farms, and grow herbs, flowers, and produce for their community. They believe that no matter who or where you are, you deserve to have sustainable access to fresh food and beautiful green spaces. With this funding, they will be able to cover operating costs and expenses for our 2022 season, and finally become owners of the land they keep. Because of this investment, they are able to continue to make meaningful and wanted investments in their city.

Jupe Javeta
Down By The River Farm & Art Collective, Georgia

Down By The River Farm & Art Collective is a small farm in Albany, Georgia that grows mixed vegetables, herbs and flowers, and crops specific to their ancestors. They have a great love and respect for the land they steward, and are deeply committed to increasing food access and facilitating access to farmland within their community.

With this funding, they hope to invest in land autonomy and infrastructure that will help their farm operate at its highest level.

Andras Godina
Fossil Face Farms, Texas

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Serena Milne
Another Spring farm, Oregon

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Alana Henry
Young Family Farm KC, Missouri

Young Family Farm is a family-owned urban farm in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. Long-time residents, the Young family is committed to addressing food insecurity in their neighborhood by improving the residents' access to healthy produce and empowering residents to grow their own food. As a part of their work, the Young Family seeks to educate others on the challenges and benefits of organically-grown foods, and can often be found harvesting their fresh produce directly from the ground for customers visiting their farm stand. The Young Farmers grant will enable the Young family to continue their hopes of expansion, address a variety of marketing and operational needs, and assist the eldest daughter and full-time work from home mom, Alana, in obtaining childcare for her young toddlers so she is able to continue farm work.

Joy Lindsay
Grounded Roots Farms, North Carolina

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Elizabeth Bragg
Long Hearing Farm, Washington

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Mariah Gladstone
Indigikitchen, Montana

Mariah Gladstone is a first generation farmer practicing Indigenous planting in the harsh climate of the Rocky Mountain front. The Indigikitchen farm serves the Blackfeet Nation where she and her partner grow fresh vegetables and wild berries.

Bashira Muhammad
Zoom Out Mycology LLC, Oregon

Bashira Muhammad is the managing owner at Zoom Out Mycology. Zoom Out is on a mission to drive sustainability with fungi! They make herbal mushroom teas and sell them across the country. This funding will go towards the relocation of headquarter operations from Central Point to Eugene, Oregon.

Jøn Kent
Sanctuary Farms, Michigan

Sanctuary Farms has three clear objectives, cultivate organic produce, create nutritious compost and, provide equitable green spaces to historically disadvantaged communities. They want to foster a thriving community on the lower eastside of Detroit where people are safe, healthy, and connected to their local environment and food by actively being involved in closing the food loop.

This grant will help them cover the costs of building a rainwater catchment and irrigation system. The National Young Farmers Coalition is providing them necessary funds to increase their yields significantly, create a more efficient system, and achieve sustainability goals by using rainwater as their primary source of water.

Andal Sundaramurthy
Nalla Farm, New Hampshire

After working on other people's farms for nearly 20 years, Andal is excited to have their own land through a long term lease to own. Andal started Nalla Farm in 2020 on a 3-acre field with 1-acre of market gardens. Nalla Farm vegetables, fruits, and flowers will be sold this year through a 13 member CSA, roadside farm stand, local farmers market, and some wholesale. They plan to use this funding toward payments on the significant amount of loans taken out to start the business including an FSA microloan and a Kubota tractor loan.

Joy Hughes
Beggs Pasture Raised Chicken and Eggs, Oklahoma

Beggs Pasture Raised Chicken and Eggs is a family run poultry farm that aims to humanely raise chickens by providing them with green pastures, sunshine, and an all-natural place for them to be, well chickens. They never introduce antibodies, GMO's, confined living quarters, or any other practices that are unnatural or inhumane.

They plan to use the funding to purchase a 3 ton feed trailer, along with customized non-GMO feed to cut their current feed cost in half!

Tasia Domin
BiRDs Family Farm, New Jersey

BiRDs Farm is a family operated farm located in Howell, NJ. Their passion lies in providing the community with fresh, clean, local produce at affordable prices to allow average people the opportunity to eat better and increase their quality of life. They produce a variety of high quality, pesticide-free produce such as lettuce, kale, garlic, and herbs. BiRDs Farm is also home to a 1+ acre pick-your-own organic blueberry operation.

They plan to use this funding to purchase a subcompact tractor to cut down labor time, enhance field maintenance, and expand their production.

Chantel Simpson
North Carolina Farm

Chantel Simpson is an educator passionate about agricultural literacy, science, and sustainability. She is a 4th generation farmer working alongside her sister, India Simpson, to honor and share the importance of agriculture with others. The funding from the National Young Farmers Coalition will be utilized to replace aging infrastructure through the purchase of a cattle chute and sweep system that will allow them to isolate and provide better care for their cattle.

Kofi Sankofa
Herbal Affirmations Farmacy, Pennsylvania

Kofi Sankofa is the owner of Herbal Affirmations in Pennsylvania. As a military veteran, they focus on providing alternative medicine to help fellow soldiers working through stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Kofi has worked as a farmer for five years and recently completed the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) apprenticeship program. The farm operation will grow medicinal herbs and sell herbal teas, tinctures, and smoke blends. This upcoming season, they will be growing 20 different medicinal roots, leafy herbs and flowers that support mental health. The funds from this grant will be used to purchase the supplies, tools, and equipment needed to build an herb dryer, harvest crops, and process them into added-value products.

Rebekah Sánchez
Plenitud PR, Puerto Rico

Rebekah Sánchez works with the Plenitud PR team in the central western mountain region of Puerto Rico. They believe Puerto Rico can regain food sovereignty and that is why they grow food, offer learning experience to beginner farmers, offer consultation and marketing support to small agro ecological farmers in their region, and share access to food literacy material for consumers to be able to improve their diet while supporting local farmers.

Amirah Mitchell
Sistah Seeds, Pennsylvania

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Breanna Lameman
Bizhi Farms, New Mexico

Bizhi Farms is a Native-led farm operating on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico. They grow traditional Navajo corn, melons, and squashes and also specialize in hydroponics by growing leafy greens, herbs, and fruits. The goal of the Bizhi Farms is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables and continue growing traditional Navajo foods through the hydroponic system to Navajo families. The funding will allow them to purchase more hydroponic systems which will contribute to increased food production, Navajo food sovereignty, and increased access to fresh foods.

Justina Walker
Janie Walker Farm, New York

Justina is an herbalist student, gardener, and oral historian. They currently work with Sweet Freedom Farm to support the Grow Food, Not Prisons movement. They come to land stewardship grounded in the intersections of Black food sovereignty, abolition, and disability justice. She is in the process of returning to land that has been in her family for generations.

Riley Sevigny
Mindful Mushrooms, Oregon

Mindful Mushrooms is a queer and transgender owned farm. Their goal is to provide gourmet and medicinal mushrooms to their community and make them accessible to marginalized folks. They are one of the few mushroom farms in the area that are certified naturally grown and do not use chemicals, fungicides, or pesticides. After the heat wave from 2021, their HVAC system in their greenhouse can no longer keep up with the climate change demand. They will be putting the grant towards a new HVAC system which will cost $20,000.

Kadeesha Williams
Iridescent Earth Collective, New York

Kadeesha “Kitty” Williams is a Black Queer landless Farmer and activist from the Bronx. Their work is to educate queer marginalized folks in food sovereignty, agricultural education, and activism. In 2022, with their colleagues in Iridescent Earth Collective and in partnership with Star Route Farm, they will grow and distribute over 10,000 lbs of fresh food and flowers to the bronx.

Cory Lykaina
Owl Eye Farm LLC, Washington

Owl Eye Farm is a mother-daughter owned and operated small-scale urban farm in Western Washington. They grow vegetables and fruits, and specialize in culturally significant crops for those who are far from their motherlands. Primarily, they sell to local restaurants and individual consumers. This grant will help them build a high tunnel to maximize production and lengthen their growing season to increase the financial sustainability of their small farm.

Elizabeth Wisehart
Wild Ginger Farm LLC, New York

Wild Ginger Farm is a queer and woman run regenerative farm in Central New York State, co-owned by Elizabeth and their wife. They grow a variety of open pollinated vegetables, herbs, berries, and eggs for their local community on ¼ acre. Environmental stewardship is at the core of their mission and their growing practices prioritize soil regeneration, land conservation, and the integration of native plants to bring in pollinators, beneficial birds and insects, and support wildlife. They will use this grant money to buy high quality compost for a variety of crops as well as materials needed to protect the 14 garlic varieties they grow from the new invasive pest, the allium leaf miner. They are very grateful to the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation for supporting small local farms!

Mark Davis
RealRoots Food Systems, Virginia

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Salem Dockery
Sibling Farm, North Carolina

Sibling Farm is a small farm and orchard in Stokes County, NC, with a focus on growing heritage diet staples, native fruit trees such as pawpaws and American plums, Appalachian apple varieties, and medicinal herbs. Sibling Farm seeks to provide a richer, more resilient and nourishing foodscape for the local rural community.
This grant will be used to finish and furnish a joint work space and farm store, increasing the farm's agency and success in processing, distribution, and building community.

Marjorie Bledsoe
Sunday creek sanctuary, Ohio

Marjorie is a 5th(+) generation farmer growing just outside of Athens, OH. In 2019, they started Sunday Creek Sanctuary as a collective safe learning/rest/creative space for QTBIPOC. They offer land access to farmers with multiple marginalized ID’s, and only use natural, regenerative farming methods. Currently, they have 13 miniature dairy goats and 17 chickens, and grow culinary/medicinal herbs and culturally relevant food for their community. This grant will allow them to improve their hoop house operation and make it a safer, more efficient environment to work in, as well as boosting their growth potential so they can offer their apothecary products to a wider audience and establish a market presence in their community at large.

Kendra Payne
The Herbal Scoop LLC, New York

The Herbal Scoop farm was created as a portal to reclaim and record Kendra’s ancestral practices in working with herbal medicine in the kitchen and through other healing modalities. They currently grow over 60 herbs (medicinal and culinary) with the hopes of expanding more and more each year. This grant will be a game changer, allowing Kendra to build a commercial herbal processing kitchen!

Jihelah Greenwald
Kasama Farm, Oregon

Kasama Farm is a queer, Pilipinx-American led land, healing, and love project on Wasco and Wishram land in Hood River County, Oregon. They are a no-till, no-spray farm growing Pilipinx, SE Asian, and East Asian vegetables to nourish their community.

Jahzara Heredia
JahFlor, Puerto Rico

In January 2020 D’Andre Smith and Jahzara Heredia started a farm on family land in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Their mission is to honor their ancestors by living in harmony with the earth and cultivating its wisdom. They are dedicated to stewardship of the soil and seed. Growing food and medicine for the community is their purpose and they plan to use the grant funds to purchase a pick up truck that will allow them to move farm supplies and organic materials for mulch and compost.

George McNary
McNary Farms, Texas

McNary Farms is owned and managed by George McNary and specializes in high quality hay and vegetable gardening. They’ve been in business since 2010 and also belong to several agricultural organizations such as the Texas Soil and Water Conservation where George is the director. They plan to use the funds to cover operating expenses such as fertilizer, fuel, equipment repairs, and some labor. The grant funds will directly improve their profit margin and allow for compounded growth.

Kristina Smith
Pearl E. Graham Farms, New York

We believe in the future of food, and young farmers need a hand now more than ever. In partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, we’re providing grants to help remove barriers and make it possible for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to succeed. Since 2020, we’ve offered 50 annual Seed Grants of $5,000 each to young farmers under 40 to support them in building careers in agriculture. But to truly Cultivate a Better World, we need young and diverse farmers helping lead the charge. That’s why 84% of our Seed Grant recipients are BIPOC.

Alexandra Sterling
Delicious Dirt Farm & Apothecary, Vermont

Formed by partners Alexandra and Andrew, Delicious Dirt Farm & Apothecary is grounded in empowering people through providing nourishing food and herbal support that is healing, nourishing, and accessible. They’re located in northwestern Vermont, on unceded Wabanaki territory. Their farm grows a variety of vegetables, cut flowers, culinary, and medicinal herbs. They implement ecological design principles and are passionate about regenerative and organic farming practices. This funding will help them with infrastructure costs and supplies needed to scale up their size, production, and community involvement.

Christina Chan
Choy Division, New York

“This funding will go towards the purchase of a new delivery van to help us get more food to more people and to cover the cost of part-time labor.”

Christina Chan is the farmer and owner of Choy Division, an organic, diversified East Asian vegetable farm in the black dirt of Chester, NY. She is a first-generation farmer and second-generation Chinese-American focused on increasing representation in our local food system by bringing culturally relevant and nutrient dense produce to the Asian-American diaspora of NYC.

Ash Abeyta
Ashokra Farm, New Mexico

 Having our own, with implements, will allow us the flexibility we need and the ability to expand, as well as the opportunity to tool share with our neighboring farmers, too!

Ashokra Farm is a small okra farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico with hopes of expanding. We grow lots of okra sustainably and in harmony with mama nature. This grant will help us buy a BCS walk behind tractor to increase our capacity as farmers. Right now we don’t have any equipment so we borrow a tiller from a community organization; however, it’s often in ill repair and we have to fix it before using.

David Anderson
Cherokee Agriculture Company, North Carolina

"We will be using the grant to purchase a Tilmor Power Ox- Two-wheel Cultivating Tractor. This will allow us to increase production, crop offerings, create more jobs, efficiency, and provide more produce to the Cherokee community."

Cherokee Agriculture Company is a farm operating on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and in Cherokee Count, NC. We specialize in fruit and vegetable production and more specifically in Cherokee and Appalachian cultural foods, or as our farm motto states them “Appalachian Delicacies.” The goal for Cherokee Agriculture Company is to provide the Cherokee community and surrounding areas with healthy, fresh, culturally-rich foods that preserve the historic foodway culture of the region

Megan Bantle
Full Well Farm, Massachusetts

We plan to use the funding from this grant to purchase a caterpillar tunnel that will allow us to extend our growing season, which will provide more produce and flowers to our community year-round and make our farmer wages more sustainable through a longer season.

Full Well Farm is a no till, queer/women-owned vegetable and flower farm in Adams, Massachusetts. Co-owners and operators Laura Tupper-Palches and Meg Bantle have three-quarters of an acre of permanent beds in production in 2021, on the same land where Meg grew up as a sixth generation farmer. Full Well Farm’s mission is to provide the North Berkshire community with fresh, sustainably grown, and accessible vegetables and flowers through CSA shares and farmers markets, and to build an inclusive and equitable community on the unceded Mohican, Wabanaki, and Pocumtuc land that they are currently stewarding. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that there is a great need for more local produce in our community.

Patrick Beal
Beal Family Farm, Connecticut

"I will use the grant funding to purchase more farm supplies to grow the fields larger so we can reach more of our community."

I am a farmer interested, trained, training, educating, and experiencing biodynamic, organic, minimal till, no-till, holistic, natural mimicry, and regenerative organic farming techniques. I have a deep connection to and passion for being in the field. I impart some of my soul in the places I reside and work.

Ori Ben-Shir
Sun of Song Apiary, Massachusetts

 

Ori Ben-Shir graduated from UMass Stockbridge with a degree in Sustainable Food and Farming. He has been working with honeybees for six years, including work in commercial apiaries in three countries, and for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources Apiary Inspection Program. Having started his own operation, Ori plans on investing in the business to increase queen production, pollination services, and colony production.

Moretta Browne
Berkeley Basket CSA, California

 These funds will help support us in bridging the gap between our current income streams and the true cost of sustaining the CSA. We will use these funds to purchase seeds, soil, harvest materials, and cover our labor during the 2021 season!

My name is Moretta ‘Mo’ Browne and I co-manage the Berkeley Basket CSA in California on occupied Huichin-Ohlone land (Bay Area). My co-farmer Marianne and I grow/forage over 40 food crops in three backyards (around 1/2 acre) across the city to feed 21 households. Our mission is to provide hyper local, organically grown produce in the city, while nurturing relationships in our community and honoring our responsibility to the earth.

Casey Byrd
Treehouse Compost LLC, Kentucky

 

Casey (they/them) is a 7th generation Appalachian farmer and co-owner of Treehouse Compost. Operating on a retired WPA rock quarry, Casey is passionate about regenerative farming and biodynamic agriculture, and loves making artistic hügelkultur structures. Their farm is centered around turning food waste into a useable soil amendment and growing foods for market and donation.

Alison Espinosa
Rootworker's Croft, New York

 

Alison Espinosa is a Livestock Herbalist Farmer of Afro-Caribbean descent stewarding land and animals in New York’s Finger Lake region. As a certified veterinary technician of 10 years, Alison’s specialities range from Animal Husbandry, Holistic Livestock remedies, Veterinary Herbalism and Poultry Breeding. The grant funding will be used to expand building infrastructure including an additional greenhouse for expansion of herb starts/seedlings, poultry coops, incoming chicks/ducklings, as well as assisting with the launch of a community Laying Hen/Duck Breeding Program that will allow for the reservation of a hen’s production/ chicks or procurement of a laying pullet (for farmers/backyard farmers) without the responsibilities of the baby chick raising period!

Siobhan Dubose
 Kind Harvest Farm, Alabama

 

 

Pantaleon Florez III
Maseualkaulli Farms, Kansas

Pantaleon is a farmer, chef, and sole operator of Maseualkualli Farms, a no-till, no fossil fuel cultivation farm in Lawrence, Kansas. He grows seasonal produce for restaurants, farmers markets, and hopefully soon for culturally specific grocery stores, as well. Specialty crops include traditional Mexica ingredients such as papalotl, pipiche, Mexican tarragon, nopales, jicama, and a strain of maize from his great-grandfathers’ ancestral homelands in Guanajuato, Mexico. Grant funding will be used to help pay down student loans which currently amount to about 66% of produce sales. Funding will also be used to purchase a new computer for sales, tracking farm inputs/outputs, multimedia storytelling, and food and farm policy and advocacy work.

Adriana Giacalone
Thousand Leaves Farm, Massachusetts

By growing a wide range of resilient herbs and plants for use in the kitchen, we hope to encourage food diversity, experimentation, and a more nourishing and equitable agricultural system within our local community.

Formed in 2020 by partners Adriana and Kate, Thousand Leaves Farm is a queer run, low till, 1/4 acre herb farm located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. For the last year we have been working to provide vegetables and herbs to a local food hub. In 2021, we will be expanding our production to 1/2 acre. This funding will help us with infrastructure cost and the supplies needed to distribute more food to more people.

Avé-Ameenah Gillum-Longh
Oakland SOL (Sustaining Ourselves Locally) Revival, California

This grant will help us with much needed infrastructure installments, including rain/grey water systems, new irrigation system and support with food distribution of our summer and winter crops.

I’m Avé-Ameenah, executive director and lead farmer at Oakland SOL (sustaining ourselves locally) Revival. SOL was established in 2003 as a community garden located in the San Antonio district of East Oakland, CA, and recently achieved 501(c)3 non-profit status. In 2020, we became Black-owned and is in the process of reopening the urban garden for our community garden days, youth internship and our annual plant sale. We are excited to have received the National Young Farmer Grant.

Jayne Henson
TransGenerational Farm, New York

This grant will be used to fund the construction of a new wash and pack facility, to help us ensure that our customers and community members receive the freshest and healthiest produce we can offer.

Here at TransGenerational Farm our goal is to connect LGBTQ folks, and others who are traditionally excluded from farming, to agriculture. We dedicate ourselves to providing access to healthy produce, grown through responsible regenerative practices. We seek to do what we can to shake the yoke of capitalism that tethers us to our limitations, so that our roots can grow deep and uphold one another. The farm provides fresh produce to a local 80-person CSA, works closely with local restaurants and chefs, and has a stand at our local farmers market in New Paltz, NY. We also hold events aimed at community engagement and education as we seek to connect LGBTQ folks to the land, food, and one another.

Ara Holmes
Texas Eco Farms, Texas

This will bring us closer to our vision of creating agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

We grow fresh, clean, and poison free foods in organically managed, remineralized soil for our community. Our mission is to grow organic, nutrient dense foods that enhance our community’s health while building a biodiverse farm that enhances local ecology and food resilience. We plan to use the grant funds to establish a diverse range of perennial plants in productive multi-species hedgerows around our vegetable fields.

Shaun Houghton
Our Perfect Farm, Washington

With the National Young Farmers Grant, Our Perfect Farm is installing a fence around their vegetable field so the wild elk and deer will forage on the farm’s native plantings and the farmers can provide the vegetables to more people to eat.

Our Perfect Farm is a queer family farm in the Puget Sound region, committed to cultivating generosity alongside unique and rare breeds of plants and animals for food. Our human-scale farm is situated on Nisqually land and is a celebration of the region’s bounty. Shaun and his husband, Brett, are first generation farmers using regenerative, organic, and permaculture principles to produce pastured pork, pastured poultry, hand collected eggs, and fresh local ingredients for special occasion meal baskets.

Zainab (Zee) Husain
Cultural Roots Nursery, California

Funds from the 2021 Young Farmer Grant Program will be used to invest in a larger greenhouse to scale up our production and purchase lasting growing supplies. We will also use part of the funding towards growing, donating, and saving seed for a selection of South and East Asian crops.

Cultural Roots Nursery was started by partners Zee Husain and Li Schmidt, with a mission to increase the availability of culturally relevant plant starts and empower communities to reconnect and reclaim their ancestral foods. We grow vegetable, herb, and tree starts that are medicinally, spiritually, and culinarily significant to our heritages — Pakistani and Taiwanese. By making cultural plants more accessible we aim to increase food security in our communities and inspire the next generation of AAPI to connect with heritage foods and land while building a more equitable food system.

Detra Iverson
Love N Labor Botanicals, Michigan

The funds from this grant will be used toward the purchase of land and the construction of a hoop house with a rainwater catchment system. This expansion of her farm will aid in the education of people with a common goal of creating a more equitable food system, and for that she is grateful.

Detra Iverson is a wife, mother, and the lead farmer and owner of Love N Labor Botanicals Farm, located on the cusp of Hamtramck and Detroit in Michigan. Living in a community deemed a food desert makes having access to fresh food to nourish her family not only imperative, but challenging. This is why she is committed to serving others through the cultivation and sales of locally-grown produce and value-added products.

Fatima Jackson
Action Jackson Farm, Kentucky

We plan to use this grant to continue to scale our meat goat operation and make changes that will help preserve the health of our animals and land for future generations.

Action Jackson Farm is located in the Kentucky bluegrass region. We are passionate about livestock production, specifically raising high quality meat goats. Our goal is to mentor other farmers in sustainable livestock production.

Makayla Jarvis
Jireh Family Farm, LLC, North Carolina

Jireh Family Farm aims to offer education and inspiration to young people about the legacy of agriculture, removing the stain of generational slavery and uplifting people of color about the benefits and legacy of land ownership and self-sustainability.

Ashlee Johnson-Geisse
Brown Girl Farms, California

With this grant we will be able to purchase a walk-in-cooler, which will allows us to refrigerate produce harvested from our farm. We are so excited and grateful for this grant and to be able to purchase a walk-in-cooler!

Hello! My name is Ashlee Johnson-Geisse and I am a Black queer woman farmer and the founder of Brown Girl Farms. Located in Hayward, California, our farm was birthed from my belief that black queer women farmers need more representation and celebration in the growing world. Brown Girl Farms serves to “spread loving intention through food and flowers” and centers on Black and Brown communities. Our farm runs a small CSA program where we provide market vegetables, African American heritage crops, and unique seasonal flower bouquets to community.

Katherine Juhan-Arnold
Baby Katie's Pharm & Kitchen, Georgia

Baby Katie’s will use the grant funds awarded to cover the cost of rezoning and transitioning the Pharm from Residential Use to Agricultural Use.

Baby Katie’s Pharm & Kitchen is a five-acre nonprofit farm located in Snellville, GA. Baby Katie’s is dedicated to creating healthy communities by producing vibrant, soon-to-be certified organic, worry-free products. Well-known for bringing low-income neighborhoods together through gardening, their main purpose is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to people who are not typically able to afford them. Baby Katie’s Pharm & Kitchen was founded by Katherine E. Juhan-Arnold. Katherine has experience small-scale row and specialty crop farming. She started Baby Katie’s with the desire to feed the community.

Nancy Kost
The Buffalo Seed Company, Kansas

The National Young Farmers Grant will help us obtain clay seed vases to store our collection, as well as cleaning and packing equipment that will increase our efficiency so that we can offer more diverse and locally adapting seeds to our community.

Hola desde Kansas! We are the Kost Family and owners of the The Buffalo Seed Company. We supply growers in the Midwest with diverse, locally adapting horticulture and crop seeds to increase the resiliency/sustainability of our local food systems. We grew all the seeds we offer in the greater Kansas City area for at least one season in soil tilled once, using organic inputs, no chemicals, and no irrigation. This is important as the seeds are adapting to the greater Kansas City area, which is ultimately better for the environment. This year we are offering over 119 varieties of seeds and our plans for next year is to at least double that number.

Nelson Hawkins
We Grow Urban Farm, California

We plan to use these funds to provide work opportunities for local youth and to purchase equipment to reduce our labor time.

I am a husband, new father, and co-owner/operator of We Grow Urban Farm in West Sacramento, CA (stolen land of the Nisenan/Miwok tribes), holding over 12 years of farming experience. I envisioned building a local regenerative food system that heals the land as we heal ourselves and relationship with the land. In 2018, this vision seed was planted and has grown to 1 acre (half at our original urban site, and half in a nearby town). We produce a large variety of seasonal fruits/vegetables and make them accessible to low-resourced communities directly, at our farm stand, and CSA program. We also supply to some local restaurants and food distribution programs.

James Leavell-Greene
GreeneLanding KY, Kentucky

This grant will catalyze “Nanny’s Land” in Anderson County to reaching its small farm potential more quickly, and allowing us to experiment with more things in Lexington, e.g. cut flowers, growing grapes (arbor vs fence trellis), etc.

Hi, I’m James Leavell-Greene and I am a 2nd-generation farmer. My family owns land in Lexington, Fayette County, KY and Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, KY. In Fayette County we have a large garden site, in the African-American hamlet of Cadentown, Lexington, KY where we host a summer youth program for Fayette County middle school and high school students, teaching them about and allowing them to practice gardening/horticulture. We have expanded to growing crops on my grandmother’s land in Anderson County and with the help of this grant we will be able to produce enough for a limited share CSA.

Brittany Lee
La Botanica, Virginia

This funding will help operate a family business in its first year and present our creative endeavors in the cultivations of Indigo, natural dyes and cut flowers.

Being raised with an emphasis on self-sufficiency and family, farming has existed for myself and my family as a way to reward the body and the spirit.

Ryan Lenzy
Lenzy Cattle Co, Texas

I’m planning on using the grant money towards obtaining more lease land, doing more cross-fencing, applying weed killer/ fertilizer to improve my grass, purchasing a bull, and adding more round bales in case of a drought in the coming year.

I am a proud recipient of the Young Farmers Chipotle grant, for which I am immensely appreciative. My name is Ryan and I am from a small town in Texas. I am a recent graduate of West Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I run a small cow/calf operation in Central Texas. Recently I have put together a herd of Commercial Bradford and Registered Brahmas. The cattle are grazed on pasture land and also are supplemented with hay  mineral tubs, and feed as needed.

My operation is just starting out and is a small one. I’m focusing on quality rather than quantity. In doing so, this will allow me to have a strong foundation to build upon. In the future, my plans are to raise quality replacement heifers for young ranchers to buy for stock shows or to add to their herd. I feel that whatever contribution we can make to encourage our youth to become more interested in agriculture will help ensure a more stable existence for the future of farmers and ranchers.

Cachae Lopez
Sonoran Stems, Arizona

Cachaé plans to use her grant for scaling up her current growing operation, and building the necessary infrastructure for season extension. In part, her farm efforts serve as a reminder that as much as our livelihoods rely on borrowing from the Earth, it is our responsibility to ensure that how we live reciprocates this balance

Transplanted from the Southside of Chicago, Cachaé has sought to sustainably grow speciality cut-flowers in an environment as unexpected as it is breathtaking – the Arizona Sonoran Desert. She has incrementally forged a path, self-taught and self-funded through hard work, research, and resilience. Overcoming industry and regional challenges to nurture these otherwise economically and environmentally impairing varieties, she looks to support her community and florists with access to these locally grown flowers.

Ali Macharemo
Mnyati Village, New York

 

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Emmanuel Marte
Micro2life LLC, Connecticut

As a recipient of the Young Farmer Grant, I plan to use the funds to expand our production of growing vegetables and to provide more educational resources to the community. In addition, this grant will help us to eliminate our business debt and expand our marketing opportunities.

My name is Emmanuel Marte and I am the co-founder of Micro2life LLC. Established in 2018, Micro2life LLC is an agricultural business with a mission to educate and supply organic microgreens and vegetables to the local community. We believe in regenerative agricultural practices, such as no-till farming with the use of local organic soil amendments. The community I serve is considered a food desert with limited access to locally grown produce. I believe nutrition education can be part of the solution to bring attention to the community on the importance of knowing where their food comes from.

Jibril Kyser
Mocambo Center for Agroecology and Refuge, California

The grant funds will be used to bring on another farmer to support with crop cultivation and food distribution operations.

Jibril is a Black peasant, producer, and promoter of agroecology, and the lead farmer at Mocambo Farm and Refuge in Cotati, California. The farm specializes in growing certified organic Afrikan heritage crops for CSA, farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores in the Yay Area. The farm also raises poultry for eggs. In addition to being a farm, the land is a space for people to come hang out, heal, do art, hold ceremony, and make music.

Jordan Martinez
Finca Agroecologica Bohiti, Puerto Rico

We will use the grant money to pay employees and buy seeds and compost for the land; we are working towards our goal of developing a food forest.

Hi! My name is Jordan Martinez and with my wife, Sofia, and three kids we started a small family farm. Some of the activities on our farm include food processing, planting, selling products, guided tours, raising animals, practical workshops with the community, work exchanges with other farmers, and farm-to-table culinary experiences.

Eliza Mason
Lilliputopia, Oregon

This grant will help fund a multifunctional rainwater catchment project, which will collect rainwater and help establish a new fruit tree orchard on our terraced hillside.

I founded Lilliputopia in 2017 with a background in microbiology and the desire to employ regenerative agriculture at small scales. Our goals include producing fresh healthy food, contributing to sustainable agricultural research, and supporting the local community through our tiny farm store. We experiment with dry farming, which entails growing our vegetables without any irrigation, and we collaborate with organizations such as Oregon State University and the Dry Farming Institute.

Kaneisha Miller
EM Farms LLC, Georgia

I plan to use this grant to expand EM farming operations, add a pavilion, and pay off farming debit accumulated over time. Recently I have been thinking of expanding EM into livestock as well.

EM Farms provides seasonal fruits and vegetables along with our hand-crafted value-added goods such as peach preserves, pepper sauce, and pepper jelly. We love to host agri-tourism events such as our EM-To-Table dinners and Haunted Forest.

James Mosbey II
Liberty Village, Texas

Thanks to the resources provided through this grant we will be able to clear a portion of our property to increase production space and purchase equipment for weed suppression materials along with natural materials to improve soil health and increase organic matter. We will also be able to purchase equipment to help with some of the administrative business aspects of farming to help keep us organized and retain good records, as well as expand our networking potential. Let’s grow together!

My wife, Ashley, and I were born and raised in Texas and never had experience or education in agriculture when we felt inspired to go into farming. We have been so fortunate to have been introduced to someone who is connected with local farmers who now is over a food access program that led us to developing relationships with a couple of farmers who warmly accepted us to be our mentors. I was able to attend a farmer starter program where I received invaluable resources, experience, support, relationships and certification through Farmshare Austin and hope for my wife to do the same next season. And we put our own property into production all in just a little over a year! We decided from the beginning to go into growing a variety of vegetables and fruits as well as cut flowers.

Ginga Newton
Growing Together, Minnesota

I’m so grateful to receive this grant! This is our second year of production and we are blessed to be growing 4 times as much produce this year. We are in extreme need of a cold storage unit!! Being able to store our produce effectively and efficiently is vital to our sustainability, and we will be using this grant to purchase one, as well as build up our irrigation system.

My name is Ginga Beleza Newton and I own and operate Growing Together, a nano-farm which grows produce for our local community through various direct sale outlets. We operate a small urban farm and orchard with raised beds, as well as a nano-agricultural site. I am passionate about feeding people, strengthening our local food system, and educating/inspiring others to take control of their whole wellness through gardening/farming and learning about the power of food medicine.

Tonni Oberly
Oaks & Sprouts Limited, Ohio

This is our farm’s first year of operation, and we are excited to implement regenerative and organic techniques to grow food and raise animals in a way that results in healthy food and a healthy ecosystem. We plan to use these funds to support a staff member.

I am the co-owner (with my husband) and operator of Oaks and Sprouts, located in Urbana, Ohio. My background is in public health with an emphasis on maternal and child health outcomes in the Black community. I am a researcher, PhD student, and doula and am passionate about environmental and food justice.

Dania Ortiz Flores
Global Village at Tuck Away Farm LLC, Massachusetts

We hope to resume workshops along with hosting spiritual and healing retreats with our community post-pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and the good it will bring.

I am a migrant farmer (she/her) hoping to bring people together through food and land justice. This is my second farming season with Global Village and I feel so lucky to be a part of this organization. This funding will help our goal of providing jobs for migrant workers as well as bringing affordable and sustainably grown food to the community.

Antonia Perez
Herban Cura, New York

Antonia is working with Sweet Freedom Farm, growing food and medicinals, and Herban Cura, creating accessible programming related to herbs and ancestral foods. These funds will support growing herbal medicine for Hudson, and incarcerated and urban communities in New York. Their ultimate goal is to expand their current production of herbs to be able to produce enough herbs to support the growing demands of herbal medicine.

Antonia is a clinical herbalist, gardener, artist, and co-founder of collectives Brujas and Herban Cura. They are first-gen, born and raised in NYC (Lenape territory). Descended from Mapuche peoples of Chile, their practice is rooted in their cultural lineage and is deeply informed by apprenticeships with herbalists around the Northeast, Central and South America, as well as in Thailand. Their background is in community work – they have been a community organizer, gardener, and food and environmental justice educator for over a decade. They also have a BA in environmental and urban studies from Bard College. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge with other folks, especially in urban centers, in order to interrupt notions of individualism and separatism from nature and grow towards collaborative and symbiotic communities.

Kelly Peters
Flat Tack Farm, Washington

With this grant we are able to purchase the needed materials to expand our operations (like a transplanter, upgrading our wash and pack station, and cooling systems). We also hope to solidify our joint venture into a larger cooperative that focuses on educating beginning farmers and banding together to secure land.

Flat Tack Farm is a small-scale farm in Vancouver, Washington. We specialize in growing a wide variety of produce (veggies and some fruit), all without the use of harmful pesticides, chemicals, or synthetic fertilizers, while focusing on improving the land to a healthier state using holistic, all natural practices. We are powered by hope for a healthier future, love of delicious and nutritious food, and a will to create a garden that gives back more to the earth than it is taking out. We provide food to our local community via memberships, the local farmers market, as well as the food bank and local restaurants. This season we are expanding to 2 acres of production and getting Organic Certification. We are working on a collaborative farming effort with other young farmers that do not have access to land. By collaborating our efforts we hope to increase land access and security, reduce input requirements, and share the labor.

Tadilka Rivera
La microFinca, Puerto Rico

The grant will help Tadilka complete payments on a high tunnel and the farm vehicle.

Tadilka M. Rivera Méndez is an agroecological female farmer and owner of la microFinca, a small farm located in Camuy, Puerto Rico. La microFinca grows microgreens, a variety of greens and small roots (kale, arugula, bok choi, green mix, radishes, turnips, beets, and carrots), and eggplants, green bananas, and plantains. In the last few months she incorporated three beehives and yellow yautia crops in the farm.

Ana Rodriguez
Finca Unagua, Puerto Rico

Esta subvención nos posibilitará construir un vivero de alta calidad que maximice nuestro rendimiento y producción en cuanto a la propagación de árboles, plantas medicinales y cultivos de alimento.

Soy Ana Cristina, una parte del proyecto de finca familiar nombrado Finca Unagua, en las montañas de Las Marías, Borikén. Nuestro rezo es el cuido de la tierra y el desarrollo de una relación armoniosa con ella, para dejar un legado a nuestros hijos y comunidad.

Chana Rusanov
Linke Fligl, New York

They are looking forward to using the resources from NYFC to increased garden capacity, preservation of the harvest, and farm education in the coming season.

Chana (they/them) has been raising chickens and thinking about diasporism and land connection with Linke Fligl since spring 2018, following two seasons as a farm apprentice with ADAMAH. Chana is the farmer and educator at Linke Fligl, a queer Jewish chicken farm and cultural organizing project building a radical diasporic Jewish future rooted in land, tradition, healing, and justice.

Jade Sato
Minoru Farm, Colorado

This grant will provide me the opportunity to hire another farmer and pay them a living wage, produce more food, feed more people in the community, and have a stronger foundation for year around production.

Hi, I am Jade Sato, the owner/farmer of Minoru Farm located on occupied leased land of the Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Sioux, and Ute tribes, also known as Brighton, Colorado. I am heading into the second growing season of Asian vegetable production and establishing no-till natural farming methods on two acres.

Sergio Schwartz
Del Cielo Farm, New Mexico

With this grant money we are sinking a shallow well to irrigate our fields, paying for the labor costs of cover cropping and building our soil health, and installing a gate to secure the property.

Del Cielo is budding into its first year as a farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico — striving to be intentional and reciprocal regarding the natural, cultural, and spiritual impacts of our work with our community and the land, looking generations into the future. Long-term, we envision Del Cielo as a vibrant, community-focused farm hub supporting and expanding food sovereignty in the South Valley. This year we are concentrating on establishing a food forest and native perennials, selling cut flowers and vegetables, and creating connections with local organizations and individuals.

Juan Serrano
Redbrooke Ranch, Tennessee

Juan plans on using the funding for fencing to better utilize the available land, sheep shelters, and to obtain a TN Small Ruminant Master Producer certificate.

Juan grew up in inner city Philadelphia, PA and has now become a first-generation sheep farmer on Redbrooke Ranch with his wife in Tennessee. He strives to produce sustainable meat and breeds animals that are happy and healthy with the least amount of intervention as possible. The farm produces lamb, eggs, and seasonal turkey, and does so while always prioritizing the environment and the well-being of the livestock — he only provides the kind of food he can take pride in.

Simiya Sudduth
Tha Muthaship, Missouri

The Young Farmers grant will be used to support start-up costs to create a regenerative agriculture and permaculture-based urban farm that centers food and health sovereignty for people of color by growing organic medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables, and microgreens.

Simiya is a mother, wellness practitioner, and visual and social practice-based artist with a background in sculpture and landscape architecture who is passionate about plants, sustainable and ecological design, access to healthy foods, holistic nutrition, and wellness. Simiya is combining her practice as an artist with her passions, education, and experience as a doula, bodyworker, and yoga and meditation teacher to create Tha Muthaship Urban Farm in St. Louis, MO within a collaborative growing space called The Afrofuturist Farm Collaborative.

Dreu VanHoose
VanHoose Hemp Co., Alabama

VanHoose Hemp Co. will use this money to fund costs associated with field prep and maintenance as well as help to expand our indoor greenhouse operations. We are truly grateful for the National Young Farmers Coalition and the assistance, guidance, and support they provide to young farmers.

I am Dreu VanHoose, I am 28 Years old, and my company is VanHoose Hemp Co. VanHoose Hemp Co is a minority- and woman- owned family business offering organic, sustainable hemp products straight from our family farm to the community.

Riann Wakefield
Wakefield Coffee & Tea LLC, Hawaii

With the help of this funding, we plan to build a fence to protect our tea growing project from feral ungulates and start planting our organic native Hawaiian teas. We plan to incorporate Indigenous planting techniques and knowledge within our operation.

As a mother of four, born and raised in Hawaii, there has always been a connection to the ‘aina (land) for my family and I. We are a small ohana (family) based operation in Kona on the Big Island. We are currently growing coffee for our business Wakefield Coffee & Tea LLC. Our plan is to also grow native Hawaiian teas for the tea portion of our operation.

Isis Walls
Five Finger Farms, California

Young Farmers Grant funding will is being used to obtain Organic Certification, laboratory analysis of their herb drying process, and leasing of a commercial kitchen to expand product offerings. They are excited to use this boost to experiment with new ways of sharing herbal medicine with more people!

Five Finger Farms is located in the Eel River valley on Wiyot ancestral land in Northern California. Started by Isis Walls and Jacob Ferdman in 2019, they specialize in growing medicinal herbs, roots and flowers including Calendula, Chamomile, Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow Root and Milky Oats.

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WE PAY AROUND $300 MILLION IN PRICE PREMIUMS PER YEAR FOR REAL FOOD THAT IS GROWN SUSTAINABLY AND RESPONSIBLY.

Seed Grant fellow.

$5,000
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Awarding $5,000 to 50 farmers under the age of 40 to help them overcome barriers

$5 Million Commitment

Investing $5 million over the next 5 years to help farmers succeed

Barn.

Long-term Contracts

Awarding long-term contracts to help young farmers get started

Next Generation Scholarships

Contributed over $375,000 to date to Niman Ranch’s Next Generation Foundation scholarship fund to alleviate student debt

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Aluminaries

Supporting ventures that are advancing innovative solutions in sustainable farming

Tractor
Beverages

5% of the profits from the sales of Tractor beverages support young farmers

Chipotle
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Goods

Making ethical clothing with profits going to sustainable farming organizations

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