Resources for Black, Indigenous, and Farmers of Color

BIPOC Farming Resources

Adelante Mujeres, Regenerative Agriculture Program – “Our Regenerative Agriculture Program provides aspiring and existing Latino immigrant farmers and gardeners with the training and skills necessary to grow produce using regenerative methods and to successfully market their produce” (link)

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) – Resources for Beginning & Minority Farmers — A list of blog posts and other informational resources pertaining to beginning BIPOC farmers (link)

Soul Fire Farm – BIPOC-Led how-to videos, gardening projects online learning resources (including resources for aspiring farmers) (link)

Ecotrust – Viviane Barnett Fellowship for Food System Leaders (read more)

The Come Thru Market Farmer Training Program supports beginning farmers of color in Portland in building their farmers market readiness and success. This program is specifically designed for people of color, including immigrants and refugees. (link)

Feed’em Freedom Foundation (FFF) ignites and centers Black Agriculturists to participate as owners and movement leaders within agriculture, land stewardship, regional food security response, and economic prosperity. (link)

Grants and Loans for BIPOC Farmers

Rodale Institute, in partnership with Organic Farmers Association, offers a micro-grant program specifically targeted to support small-scale BIPOC farmers, whether organic, transitioning to organic, or an aspiring organic farmer. (link)

The Brighter Future Fund of American Farmland Trust focuses on providing resources to beginning, women and veteran farmers, as well as those historically resilient farmers identifying as socially disadvantaged in alignment with the USDA. The grant cycle opens for a short period each year, but you can sign up for alerts on their website. (link)

The National Young Farmers Coalition partners with Chipotle each year to offer $5000 mini grants to beginning farmers. According to their website, they “strongly encourage farmers of color, Indigenous farmers, and farmers who are facing significant structural barriers to accessing other funding opportunities and success in agriculture to apply.” You can also view previous grantees at the site. (link)

This video from the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) records a panel of BIPOC farmers who shared their personal experiences navigating USDA loan processes and best practices and advice. (video)

Also see our general Grant Resources page here (link)

These two Oregon-based lenders, MESO and OAME, support minority and historically excluded entrepreneurs with business support services and access to lending. (read more)

Native American Agriculture

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) – Tribal Food Sovereignty Advancement Initiative (read more)

Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Technical Assistance Program – Established in order to increase access and use of USDA programs and services by Indian producers and Tribes. (link)

Native American Agriculture Fund – Reimagining Native Food Economies Report – A Vision for Native food and agriculture infrastructure rebuilding and recovery. (link)

Ecotrust – Viviane Barnett Fellowship for Food System Leaders (read more)

BIPOC Farmers Policy and Advocacy

Justice for Black Farmers Act – The Justice for Black Farmers Act will address and correct historic USDA discrimination (read more)

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroests (PCUN) – “Our mission is to empower farmworkers and working Latinx families in Oregon by building community, increasing Latinx representation in elections, and policy advocacy on both the national and state levels.” (link)

HEAL Food Alliance is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food and farm systems. (link)

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