Agricultural Reinvestment Fund


The consensus is that times have changed in recent years, but our values haven’t. We believe in a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Our nation was founded on that principle, and we’ve worked hard to make it a reality as we build a society that values everyone equally. As an agricultural nonprofit organization, we work everyday to make sure those fundamental principles hold true for thousands of family farmers. But we know first hand that our work is far from over.

A Friend to Farmers in All Seasons





Steve Sifford of Alamance County, North Carolina received a grant through RAFI's Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in 2015 to add the necessary infrastructure for raising rabbits including building hutches and shade structures. He grew up on a dairy farm and originally purchased land to raise cattle while working as an instructor nearby. Although Steve has a lifelong love for the cattle business, he wanted to find a new livestock product that could bring high value to the farm without needing much more land. The 40+ acre farm was already at maximum grazing capacity with the cattle and Steve did not have the capital or the desire to purchase more land. He found that rabbits could be raised with little infrastructure and land while bringing in a premium price. Read more about Steve's story here...

Cattle to Rabbitry in Alamance County, NC





Calyb Hare is a young farmer with long-standing family ties to the land. He grows a variety of vegetables for his CSA on a small, diversified farm in coastal North Carolina. In 2015, he received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund to help expand his production of heirloom beans and create a shelf-stable dried and packaged bean product for local and regional markets.

In the Field: Photos from Olan Path Farm


My co-workers and I at the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) have had the privilege of working with many of the women interviewed for Kim Severson's recent New York Times article, "A Food Sisterhood Flourishes in North Carolina,” and it was a real pleasure to see this group of hardworking innovators receive national attention for their efforts.

Women Dig and Chop Their Way to the Top in North Carolina’s Food & ...