Jean Willoughby


About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.


A short questionnaire has been developed by our “Bring Back the Bees Campaign” project, and all information you provide will be confidential. The purpose of this survey is to understand and assess best practices and policies necessary to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitat and to protect food security and farmer viability. Please click here to take our Pollinator Survey! 

Farmers: Tell Us About Your Farm’s Pollinators!


Third Thursday Films kicks off its 2017-2018 season with “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print,” at 7pm on Thursday, September 21 at the GMP Hall, 350 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The film is co-sponsored by The Canal Market District and the Rural Advancement Fund International-USA (RAFI-USA). Following the film, there will be a discussion with a panel of farmers from the Canal Market in Newark: Carie and Jarrod Starr from Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch http://wild-wooly-horny.blogspot.com/ and Jesse Rickard from Fox Hollow Farm http://www.foxhollowfarmnaturally.com/index.html.

Release: Under Contract Screening Sept. 21st at The Freedom School in Ohio





Our staff recently hosted a webinar covering how farmers' markets can accept SNAP/EBT as payment. Missed it? --Watch this video! Any farmers' market manager, vendor, board member, or partner that has considered adding SNAP/EBT as an accepted payment is strongly encouraged to check it out. 

How Your Farmers’ Market Can Accept SNAP/EBT (VIDEO)


North Carolina’s community gardeners and food security supporters have lots to celebrate this summer. As the first bunches of homegrown tomatoes ripen on the vine, two of the state’s most effective food security organizations have announced that they are joining forces to support community gardening.

RAFI and NC Community Garden Partners Join Forces