Farm Radio International uses the worldwide availability of radio to exchange important agricultural information to benefit African farmers. The organization’s vision is a world where farm families in Africa and the surrounding communities can prosper and have confidence in their food security.
The National Young Farmers Coalition works to encourage and mobilize young people to engage in agriculture as a career path. The organization supports independent family farms, sustainable farming practices, farmer-to-farmer training, affordable land for farmers and inclusion of farmers from every gender, race and sexual orientation.
1-800-Charity Farms helps the homeless community in Florida by providing fresh produce to food banks. The 35-acre farm is located in Kissimmee and produces a variety of vegetables including zucchini, broccoli, turnips, cucumbers, potatoes and more. The organization is working on establishing an eco-garden learning facility in Apopka, Florida to teach people how to organically-grow food.
Farm Aid brings together some of music’s heavy hitters to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and raises money to keep farm families up and running. The organization offers disaster funds, grant programs and a farmer resource network. Willie Neilson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and recently celebrated the show’s 30th anniversary.
Heifer International helps families turn poverty into hope and prosperity. Families receive animals to produce milk, eggs and honey that can be traded or sold. The core goal for Heifer International is “Passing on the Gift.” Families share their training and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. The organization was founded by Dan West, a member of the Church of the Brethren who participated in the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker.
Farms For City Kids is based in Reading, Vermont and helps urban youth explore new learning methods in an outdoor classroom by implementing academics into everyday farm duties. Students help grow sweet corn, peas, and tomatoes while helping care for the animals. The outdoor classroom is located at Spring Brook Farm, spanning over 1,000 aces, containing 42 milking cows along with chickens, pigs and turkeys.
Veterans Farm strives to assist veterans once they return from duty. Veterans participate in the Beginning Farmer fellowship program, working alongside other veterans and overcoming physical and mental obstacles. According to the organization, four farmers retire for every one that enters the field and it’s trying to fill that gap.
SHARE, which stands for Sending Help and Resources Everywhere, provides funding, guidance and expertise to communities in the developing and third world, with a focus on Central and South America. The organization helps agricultural communities improve their quality of life by supporting economic, social and environmentally-conscious projects. The organization runs on a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out” principle.
Farm Africa works to help African farmers feed their community through pioneering techniques that help boost harvest, reduce poverty and sustain natural resources. In addition to providing knowledge and tools, Farm Africa teaches commercial enterprise and how farmers can add value to their operations by turning their produce into products.
Based in Brighton, Illinois, Family Farms Charities uses agriculture as a vehicle for change. Its mission is to “supply food for the hungry, help farm families in need, and provide ag-related tools and training to help families and communities achieve self-sufficiency.” The organization operates using three main initiatives: planting SEED through education, providing CARE to families and bringing HOPE for the present and future.