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Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI)
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Cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially-just, and environmentally-sound family farms.
Cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially-just, and environmentally-sound family farms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.
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