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.




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







Sally Lee, program director at Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, issued the following statement: “We are shocked to hear that the USDA is delaying the implementation of rules that are meant to provide basic rights and protections to farmers and agricultural communities. This decision poses a real threat to independent livestock and poultry businesses in the U.S. – it also ignores the voices of American farmers, who risked retaliation to show their clear and strong support for these rules.

Release: Farmers Dismayed as USDA Delays GIPSA Rule