Humans are story-driven. The stories we tell about ourselves, each other, and the world are more powerful than we can imagine. Stories have the ability to captivate our imaginations, build up our strongest beliefs, and tear down our closest held assumptions. …


RAFI-USA Executive Director Edna Rodriguez has been a key player on RAFI-USA’s team for a decade. Starting as the organization’s grants officer, she quickly progressed to become development director, operations director, and now executive director. Edna’s leadership has been instrumental in moving the organization forward while always staying a few…


When I ask Thomas Bradley how he got started in farming, he simply replies, “It’s just what I’ve always done.” Bradley is farming land that his grandfather and great-grandfather farmed for 100 years before him. Bradley Farms is on an approximately seven acre parcel located in the Big Cove Community…


This is the story of Ryan Pressley and his extraordinary efforts to expand his farming operation. Time after time, he was rejected, discouraged, or misled into missing out on financing and risk management resources, such as the time when a local agricultural lending officer told Ryan his farm ownership loan…


For more than 30 years, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) has worked with small and mid-sized farmers seeking to reverse the trend of farm loss and corporate consolidation in agriculture, and, starting in 2017, we added an emphasis on supporting historically marginalized farmers of color in the Southeast U.S.

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Protecting the Future of Food

Since our founding in 1990, RAFI-USA has recognized that our food system is deeply inequitable, where rural communities their land, animals and people exploited to benefit corporate power structures. …

RAFI-USA

RAFI-USA challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities.

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