That is the second installment in a weblog sequence that includes the ten recipients of our 2023 Muck Boot Chapter Capability Grant program. By way of this 12 months’s grant program, the chapters obtained fundraising coaching and assist to assist them construct long-term monetary sustainability.
Since 2019, the Southeast Tennessee Younger Farmers Chapter has labored with farmers throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, connecting them with instruments, assets, and different farmers to assist them with constructing profitable farming careers. A query the chapter has been asking themselves is tips on how to hold their work going over the long-term. An essential part of constructing lasting sustainability is monetary safety, which is the intention behind the most recent iteration of the Chapter Capability Grant Program. The Southeast Tennessee chapter was one in every of ten recipients to obtain the grant in 2023, which included fundraising coaching and assist.
One of many chapter’s targets is to diversify their funding pool, moderately than depend on a number of funders, to realize higher monetary stability. By way of the grant program, the chapter labored with a improvement marketing consultant who helped them put collectively a prospecting worksheet of native funders, grant alternatives, and company companions they may probably obtain funding from. Final 12 months, the chapter additionally employed a part-time coordinator with a grant they obtained from Patagonia and is trying to fill that place once more this 12 months to construct further capability for fundraising.
Exploring completely different avenues via which farmers of their space can collaborate with each other is a significant focus of the chapter. This 12 months the chapter utilized for grants to assist them begin a Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Coaching (CRAFT) community, a farmer-to-farmer regional training program. The chapter additionally needs to experiment with Coordinated Crop Planning (CPP), which permits farmers and consumers to work collectively to plan for a extra regular provide of native meals and assured prospects.
The chapter additionally engages in coverage advocacy on points that influence younger and BIPOC farmers within the state, together with advocating for land entry at state degree. Earlier this 12 months, they collaborated with the American Farmland Belief to place collectively a proposal to the state legislature to develop a state degree belief fund for the Buy of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE); and to raised fund and useful resource current land linking packages corresponding to Tennessee’s FarmLink, a web based device that may join farmland homeowners to farmers looking for land; and the College of Tennessee Extension’s MANAGE program, which focuses on farmland succession.
Chapters of the Nationwide Younger Farmers Coalition are the aim for and companions in our mission to shift energy and alter coverage to equitably useful resource our new era of working farmers. Take a look at our website to see current Chapters in your space and e mail us at Chapters@youngfarmers.org to debate beginning a Chapter.