Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)
North American Food Systems Network
“The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) was founded in 2015 to offer leadership and technical skills training, networking, and other professional development opportunities for the growing group of individuals supporting the development of equitable and sustainable local and regional food systems.
Members range from farm educators and community nutritionists to planners, activists, and scholars. The mission of this community of practice is to coalesce the current disparate group of practitioners, and build individual and collective capacity to solve pressing food and agriculture issues on the continent. Presently there are many innovative solutions and pioneering organizations working to address and understand the complex issues of food systems−for example, working to eliminate causes of food deserts, obesity, hunger, and other food-related human health issues as well as working to increase sustainable farming practices, ecological and economic health of farms and rural areas, and creating viable markets.
There is a need for a holistic collaboration and coordination between and among these efforts. Leaders are needed to guide and propel all these efforts, and NAFSN aims to provide the tools to build the necessary human capital and create a place for sharing and collective learning. NAFSN expects to see growth of competencies, increased best practices, and more effective targeting of resources as results of its efforts.”
Service areas: National, New York
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Core Services: Activism & Organizing, Conservation Programs, Direct Marketing Assistance, Farm Land Access & Succession Planning, Funding Opportunities for Farmers, Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support, Resources for Beginning Farmers
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
“The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to support bold science. Our research, co-created with the agriculture community, fills critical research gaps. We also invest in the future scientific workforce.”
Service areas: National
Go to Website | Phone: 202-624-0700
Core Services: Conservation Programs, Funding Opportunities for Farmers, Industrial Ag Issues, Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
Iroquis Family Farms Real Estate Investment Trust
“Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is an organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Since our founding in 2007, we have directed $50 million in investments in organic agriculture. Our goal is to make organic agriculture the norm, not the exception in America to benefit the health of the soil and of future generations.”
Service areas: Illinois, National
Go to Website | Phone: CORPORATE OFFICES: (847) 859-6645 FARM AND FARMER INFORMATION:(847) 859-6645 EXT. 2
Core Services: Conservation Programs, Farm Land Access & Succession Planning, Funding Opportunities for Farmers, Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
Center for Ecoliteracy
“The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to cultivating education for sustainable living.
We recognize that students need to experience and understand how nature sustains life and how to live accordingly. We encourage schools to teach and model sustainable practices.
The Center leads systems change initiatives, publishes original books and resources, facilitates conferences and professional development, and provides strategic consulting. We work at multiple levels of scale, with local, regional, state, and national programs.”
Service areas: California, National
Go to Website | Phone: (510) 845-4595
Core Services: Direct Marketing Assistance, Institutional & Wholesale Markets, Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is supported by the USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, under agreement number: 2020-70028-32731 proposal number: 2020-07631
The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is an equal access/equal opportunity program.