Growing Innovation BETA

The Growing Innovation online library documents and catalogues hundreds of innovative farmer-led projects funded by RAFI’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund since 1997. In 2014, we led a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to create this new resource. (Check out video that launched the campaign to the right.) Growing Innovation is a work-in-progress, so please check back as we continue to add more to the online library. Check out some of the featured farm projects below or click on any marker on the map to navigate to a profile of each project.

Our Growing Innovation 1.0 book highlights some of the most instructive and inspiring examples of farmer-driven innovation we’ve seen yet. Get your copy online here.

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Growing Innovation 1.0

Growing Innovation 1 Cover Thumbnail_WebWe’re excited to announce that our Growing Innovation 1.0 e-book is now available online. Get your copy by going to our online store here.

Growing Innovation 1.0 highlights the stories of small family farmers who are finding new ways to sustain their farming operations. Eight stories from a diverse group of farmers provide insight into the joys and challenges of farming and ranching.

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About Our Grant Program

ttfc-logo_thumbnailOur Agricultural Reinvestment Fund was initiated in 1997 to assist farmers transitioning out of conventional tobacco production transform their farms and put their own ideas to work. In 2002, RAFI began receiving funding from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to expand the program to serve more farmers across North Carolina. Most of the farm projects featured on Growing Innovation were funded through either our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund or the WNC AgOptions grant program. Both grant programs are dedicated to assisting farmers transition and transform their farms, enhancing their sustainability and financial viability. Additionally, both of these grant programs rely on the generous support of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.


Have questions, comments, ideas, or other thoughts you want to share with us about Growing Innovation? Please contact the Growing Innovation project coordinator, Ben Paynter (