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Bringing (Burt’s) Bees to the Farm - As part of our Bring Back the Bees partnership with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, we’re working with a group of farmers this year to establish significant areas of pollinator-friendly plants on their farms to sustain bees and other pollinators. We’re excited to have Hickory Meadows Organics as a participant in the project. We also appreciate their willingness to let us use their farm as a living, natural laboratory to experiment with incorporating these types of crops onto working farmland.
As part of our Bring Back the Bees partnership with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, we’re working with a group of farmers this year to establish significant areas of pollinator-friendly pl…
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Farmer Newsletter: July 2016 - I hope the season is going well for you! Take a break to enjoy a cool drink and kick back with our short and sweet summer newsletter, which includes updates on this year’s Ag Reinvestment Fund projects, along with farmers in the news, and new resources for farms.
I hope the season is going well for you! Take a break to enjoy a cool drink and kick back with our short and sweet summer newsletter, which includes updates on this year’s Ag Reinvestment Fund proj…
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Bee Ready: June is National Pollinator Month - June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee. It's also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little respect. After all, one mouthful in three of the foods you eat depends on pollination by honey bees, according to the USDA.
June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee. It’s also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little r…
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RAFI Partners with Burt’s Bees to #BringBackTheBees - We’re excited to announce our partnership with Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation on the “Bring Back the Bees” campaign.
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Shirley Sherrod Presents “Arc of Justice” Film at RAFI - Check out the trailer for the film "Arc of Justice," a new documentary that traces the remarkable story of the nation's first community land trust, New Communities, and tells a deeply inspiring story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.
Check out the trailer for the film “Arc of Justice,” a new documentary that traces the remarkable story of the nation’s first community land trust, New Communities, and tells a de…
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We’re Hiring: Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant - Apply now to join the RAFI team!
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Apply to Intern or Volunteer as an Archivist at RAFI - We're looking for an individual to serve as an archivist for our unique Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program, which has funded more than 600 innovative and entrepreneurial projects on farms large and small, as well as many collaborative businesses, over the past 20 years. Our archival materials include both print and digital assets: photos, videos, newspaper and magazine articles about the program and its farmer-participants, and reports written by farmers and our staff. This position would be ideal for someone who is interested in agriculture, history, and/or small business development. Our end goal is to create an archival system for the grant program files both physical and digital, ensure that documentation is thorough and complete for all grant projects, and use the gathered information to produce media on our grant program as we reach its 20th anniversary in 2017.
We’re looking for an individual to serve as an archivist for our unique Agricultural Reinvestment Fund program, which has funded more than 600 innovative and entrepreneurial projects on farms…
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RAFI Partners with Burt’s Bees to Plant 1 Billion Seeds and #BringBackTheBees - We’re excited to announce our partnership with Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation on the “Bring Back the Bees” campaign.
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VIDEO: This Young Farmer Wants to Save His Family’s Farm - VIDEO: We've enjoyed getting to know Justin over the years at RAFI and have always been impressed with his forward-thinking, entrepreneurial approach to farming. Now, with a little help from his friends, and you, Justin Walker wants to save his family's farm.
VIDEO: We’ve enjoyed getting to know Justin over the years at RAFI and have always been impressed with his forward-thinking, entrepreneurial approach to farming. Now, with a little help from …
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VIDEO: U.S. House Passes Anti-Farmer Amendment to 2017 Budget - For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “GIPSA rider” barely passed in this House committee, as several long-time supporters voted against it. The staff at RAFI, our partners, and thousands of chicken and livestock farmers across the country will work together to get it out of the federal budget for 2017 before it becomes law in October of this year.
For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “G…
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2016 Farmer Grantee: Geoff Seleen on “The Farm Kitchen” (May 21st Event) - The Piedmont Biofarm is operated by a team of three young farmers: Geoff Seleen, Will Carmine, and Brett Evans. They have been awarded an Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant to expand their on-farm dinner series. Our staff will assist the group with technical support and outreach throughout the grant project.
The Piedmont Biofarm is operated by a team of three young farmers: Geoff Seleen, Will Carmine, and Brett Evans. They have been awarded an Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant to expand their on-far…
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Earth Day: 5 Ways to Grow Our Way to a Better Future - The good news is that have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and employ low-input methods. These and other innovative, time-tested approaches can contribute to solving the conundrum of climate change, as well as promoting sustainable livelihoods for farm families.
The good news is that have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit gre…
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Cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially-just, and environmentally-sound family farms.
Introduction

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.
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Phone
(919) 542-1396
Fax
919-542-0069
Address
274 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd PO Box 640 Pittsboro, NC 27312