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Farm Ownership Microloans Announced - The cold, snowy days of winter are the best time to dig into those spring farm plans. Maybe it s time to draft a crop rotation or plan new infrastructure. Maybe...
The cold, snowy days of winter are the best time to dig into those spring farm plans. Maybe it’s time to draft a crop rotation or plan new infrastructure. Maybe business planning and farmland…
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Cattle to Rabbitry in Alamance County, NC - 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...
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 build…
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#TBT: Revisiting the Peanut Project: A Model of Farmer-Centered Innovation - To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend. Look for new...
To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend. Look for new articl…
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Upcoming Workshop: Grants for Farmers & Ag Enterprises Nov. 4th in Roxboro, NC - Please join us for a workshop on November 4th from 7 to 8 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications available at the workshop and will explain how to apply.
Please join us for a workshop on November 4th from 7 to 8 pm to learn about our grant program for farmers and ag enterprises, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. We will have printed applications a…
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Managing Risk: Making the Farmer’s Market a Rewarding Experience - Risk management is a cornerstone of RAFI’s work with farmers. In the general sense, this means identifying financial risks and developing strategies to minimize their impact. In the agricultural realm,...
Risk management is a cornerstone of RAFI’s work with farmers. In the general sense, this means identifying financial risks and developing strategies to minimize their impact. In the agricultural re…
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Preparing for the Storm - With North Carolina expecting record rainfall this weekend and a possible landfall by Joaquin, it’s time to do a quick review of your farm disaster plan to make sure you’re...
With North Carolina expecting record rainfall this weekend and a possible landfall by Joaquin, it’s time to do a quick review of your farm disaster plan to make sure you’re prepared for the worst, …
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UPDATE: Farmers, Stay Ahead of Winter Storms - With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: ...
With much of the south expecting moderate to heavy snow and ice this weekend, make sure you and your farm is prepared for the worst, should it happen. Please note: this information is updated for …
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Sustainable Agriculture Wins in 2016 Federal Budget - After several budget extensions, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, Congress has agreed on a spending bill to fund the government in 2016, avoiding another government shutdown. The big news: NO GIPSA RIDER.
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Rev. Joyner in the Running for CNN Hero of the Year - We at RAFI are delighted, and not a bit surprised, that Reverend Richard Joyner has been named a CNN hero of the year. We became acquainted with him and his ambitious projects at the Conetoe Family Life Center about five years ago. The Conetoe Family Life Center Farm received a grant from RAFI in 2014. The grant was used to support the training of 40 youth in an agricultural entrepreneurial program. We are honored to be able to support their good work and wish Rev. Joyner all the best in the CNN contest. You can read more on our blog and cast your VOTE on CNN's website here for this real-life everyday hero!
We at RAFI are delighted, and not a bit surprised, that Reverend Richard Joyner has been named a CNN hero of the year. We became acquainted with him and his ambitious projects at the Conetoe Family…
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Upcoming Farm Tour at Waterdog Farms in Hurdle Mills, NC - Join us for a farm tour on October 18th at Waterdog Farms​ in Hurdle Mills, NC (1-3 pm). The farm received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund this year to scale up production of their herbs and tea plants. Check out this growing farm-to-cup business and enjoy free samples of their tasty herbal teas.
Join us for a farm tour on October 18th at Waterdog Farms​ in Hurdle Mills, NC (1-3 pm). The farm received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund this year to scale up production of their …
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#TBT: Community Seed Bank Resource Kit - To mark our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend. Look for new...
To mark our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve started a new series that combines reflections on our history with the popular “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) social media trend. Look for new articles ta…
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New “Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit” Fact Sheets Released - RAFI started the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program in 1997 to assist transitioning farmers and rural communities in finding new ways to replace lost tobacco income. It was an aspiration that...
RAFI started the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program in 1997 to assist transitioning farmers and rural communities in finding new ways to replace lost tobacco income. It was an aspiration that f…
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274 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd PO Box 640 Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially-just, and environmentally-sound family farms.
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The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States. RAFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina and incorporated in 1990.

Our vision:
  • Family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income.
  • Everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society.
  • Air, water, and soil are preserved for future generations.
  • The land yields healthy and abundant food and fiber that is accessible to all members of society.
  • The full diversity of seeds and breeds, the building blocks of agriculture, are reinvigorated and publicly protected.