That is the sixth installment in a weblog collection that includes the ten recipients of our 2023 Muck Boot Chapter Capability Grant program. Via this yr’s grant program, the chapters acquired fundraising coaching and help to assist them construct long-term monetary sustainability.

In 2022 and in 2023, the West Michigan Young Farmers Chapter received the Chapter Capacity Grant to help the launch of their West Michigan BIPOC Farmer Land Fund to help Black, Indigenous, and different farmers of colour with securing entry to land and infrastructure. In the Grand Rapids space, discovering accessible and inexpensive land to farm, particularly in city areas, is tough and costly as land costs proceed to skyrocket. In gentle of the outcomes of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, launched by USDA earlier this month, that present that the variety of farmers of colour, notably Black and Indigenous farmers, has decreased, resourcing BIPOC farmers to allow them to entry land is extra essential than ever.

In February 2024 the chapter made their objective after two years of fundraising! The chapter anticipates making their first awards to farmers this yr. You can donate to the fund here.

With final yr’s grant, the chapter created a emblem, constructed a web site, and paid artists to assist them develop graphics for his or her social media and different communications. This yr, their objective for the grant program is to determine how you can financially useful resource their fund within the long-term. Via the event help they acquired via the grant program, the chapter was skilled on how you can prospect and acquired instruments like a pitch deck template and letter of curiosity template to assist in fundraising.

The chapter has lately included one other native meals justice venture, Energy to the Folks 616, a grassroots, girls of color-led collective that runs a freedom college camp for BIPOC youngsters in the summertime. A spotlight of freedom college is introducing BIPOC youngsters to agriculture as a viable profession who wouldn’t be uncovered to it in any other case. Via the Chapter Capability Grant program, the chapter was capable of establish two grants to use for to help the chapter’s work in West Michigan.

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 technology of working farmers. Try our website to see current Chapters in your space and electronic mail us at Chapters@youngfarmers.org to debate beginning a Chapter.

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