American Farmland Trust
|American Farmland Trust (AFT) began in 1980 after a small group of farmers and conservationists asked an important question: What will happen to the nation's food supply if we continue to wastefully develop our best farm and ranch land?
From the earl days, AFT has been a strong advocate for voluntary conservation practices and programs that preserve not just land but also our precious soil and water supplies. In the 35 years since AFT began, they've seen farmland preservation transform into a national movement that has protected well over five million acres nationwide.
Of course, there is much more work to be done. Today, AFT is dedicated to preserving the nation's farm and ranch land- and critical natural resources like soil and water. They also make sure to never forget that it is people- our family farmers and ranchers- who feed us and sustain America.
In their 35-year history, American Farmland Trust has helped to save more than five million acres of farm and ranch land and contributed to conservation improvements on millions more.
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Young Farmer's Coalition
NYFC was founded by and for a new generation of farmers in the United States. They work in coalition with farmers, consumers, organizations and government to tackle the many challenges that young, independent and sustainable farmers face in the first years' operation a farm business.
NYFC represents, mobilies, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.
They envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming.
The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future.
Food to Bank on is a three-year farmer incubation project that connects beginning sustainable farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing far-fresh product to food banks and shelters.
Aspects of the project include:
Training: Business planning, technical training workshops.
Markets: New farmers deliver fresh food to local food banks; farmers are connected with new markets through Sustainable Connections membership.
Mentorship: In addition to valuable peer-to-peer relationships with the cohort of farmers, each new farmer is paired up with an experienced mentor farmer.
Forty five beginning farmers have participated in the project since 2003. Eighty percent of the project participants are still successfully farming today.
The community, farmers, and the hungry all benefit from the innovative and effective work of the Food To Bank On project. Whatcom County food banks, soup kitchens and women's shelters have received over $80,000 in fresh produce since the programs' start in 2003.