The Farmstand: RAFI’s Blog

The Farmstand is a blog written by the staff and guests of the Rural Advancement Foundation International covering key issues relevant to the development of markets, policies, and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.

Recent Posts

  • Hurricane Florence: Prepare your Farm and Stay Safe - In the days following the storm, getting assistance will require being very organized at a time when your life is chaotic. We have seen over and over in many disaster situations that being able to access assistance often makes the difference between farms surviving or not. Below are steps you can take to prepare before and after Florence and a list of disaster recovery resources. Please know that when the storm has passed, there are many of us and partners across the country ready to assist. Farmers, please call us ...>Read More
  • Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty - Join us Tuesday evening, October the 16th for a presentation by Amani Olugbala of Soul Fire Farm.Equity at the Table Speaker Series “Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty”Speaker:Amani OlugbalaTuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm // Location TBD // Durham, NCClick Here to RSVPDownload Event Flyer (coming soon!)Lecture Description: Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers ...>Read More
  • Farm Bill Conference Committee Advocacy Series: Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance - The farm bill Conference Committee has the opportunity to move forward important changes to Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance present in both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill.
  • Press release: Tyson Moves to Increase Lion’s Share of Market Control   - August 29, 2018— According to Bloomberg, Tyson Foods closed a deal to purchase Keystone Foods LLC from Marfrig Global Foods SA for a reported $2.16 billion. Tyson, along with three other companies (Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms, and Perdue Farms), currently controls more than half of the U.S. poultry industry. With this purchase, Tyson will now have a larger global reach as Keystone Foods is a main supplier of chicken nuggets to McDonald’s Corp.
  • Farm Bill Conference Committee Advocacy Series: Conservation Practices in Crop Insurance - 2017 set the record for disaster losses with over $5 billion in agricultural losses alone. Many U.S. farmers have still not recovered and some will never recover. Federal payments are crucial for disaster recovery. Major natural disasters are one of the times when individual states and communities rely on the assistance of the rest of the country. Ideally, the whole country comes together to help a smaller part of the country to recover when a disaster is beyond the resources of that community to recover on their own. But in ...>Read More
  • Farm Bill Conference Committee Advocacy Series: Lighting the LAMP for Stronger Local and Regional Food Systems - Greater support for local and regional food systems development is sorely needed to keep pace with growing consumer demand. Ask your legislator to support the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP), and include it in the final version of the Farm Bill.
  • Job Posting: Communications Manager – Apply by September 15 - Click here to apply online. Applications will be accepted until September 15. The Rural Advancement Foundation International is seeking a one-year communications fellow position to start this year, for their Pittsboro, North Carolina office. This position comes with a unique opportunity to benefit from training and mentoring from Resource Media, a national communications agency that exclusively specializes in social change. The position has a potential to extend beyond one year, contingent on fundraising opportunities. We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced communications expert. The Communications Manager will play two important roles ...>Read More
  • Introducing the Equity at the Table Fellows - The Come to the Table program is pleased to announce the Equity at the Table Fellowship. The Fellows Program is designed to support and strengthen faith and community leaders who are passionate about equity and food access and who are engaged in projects that support these goals. The current Fellows are LaShauna Austria, Rev. Dele, Kim Pevia and Fatimah Salleh.
  • 2019 Come to the Table Conference Request for Workshop Proposals - The 2019 Conference will be held March 12-13 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. The theme of the Conference is Called to Action: Uprooting Hunger and Cultivating Justice. We are seeking workshops covering the following topics: community development, organizational development, theology and food, creative expression, self-care, disaster relief/preparedness, public policy/advocacy, racial equity/inequities in the food system, gender equity, environmental justice, poverty/economic justice, immigration, workers' rights, agriculture/farming, and community gardening.
  • “Beginning to End Hunger: Lessons on Food Security, Transformation, and Solidarity from​ Belo Horizonte, Brazil” with M. Jahi Chappell - Join us Tuesday evening, August the 28th for a presentation by M. Jahi Chappell about holistic approaches to food security and innovative social programs in Belo Horizonte, Brazil as well as lessons for transforming food systems in Brazil and beyond.Equity at the Table Speaker Series August 28, 2018 ¦ Raleigh, NC“Beginning to End Hunger: Lessons on Food Security, Transformation, and Solidarity from​ Belo Horizonte, Brazil”Speaker: M. Jahi ChappellTuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm // Yancy Auditorium at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street // Raleigh, NC 27601Click Here to RSVPDownload Event FlyerThis ...>Read More