As we welcome the winter solstice, we share some final 2021 opportunities and reflections from the National Young Farmers Coalition team in California.
Wishing you safe, restful, and happy holidays during this time of transition for the soil, ourselves, and the diverse work we do across the region.
APPLY TODAY for the CA Young Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship
The National Young Farmers Coalition invites you to apply to the 2nd Annual California Political Leadership Fellowship, a 10-month leadership and community organizing intensive program with a $7,500 stipend! We’ve extended the application period until January 4th, 2022. Learn more, share it, and apply today!
APPLY to the Land Advocacy Fellowship
The Land Advocacy Fellowship is a two-year advocacy and leadership fellowship for current and aspiring young farmers and ranchers. Together, we will build momentum and shift power to advocate for policy change in the 2023 Farm Bill that elevates equitable and affordable land access. This fellowship is part of the National Young Farmers Coalition’s One Million Acres for the Future Campaign—an initiative to ensure that land is equitably transitioned to the next generation of farmers by changing policy in the 2023 Farm Bill. The program staff will be hosting information sessions in early January. Learn more, share it, and apply today!
Take the 2022 National Young Farmer Survey
The National Young Farmers Coalition is joining other agricultural justice organizations in launching the most inclusive survey of young and BIPOC farmers to date. Every five years we survey young farmers across the country to present an up-to-date picture of the challenges and promises of the next generation in agriculture. Our 2017 National Survey was a crucial tool in winning major federal policy reforms, and as the 2023 Farm Bill approaches, we have a critical opportunity to push for equitable land access, climate action, and racial equity in agriculture.
If you are a current or former farmer or farmworker, we want to hear from you! By taking our 2022 National Survey you can help inform and inspire the bold policy we need for an equitable farm future.
Thank you Jas Wade – Unpacking Anti-Blackness Series 2021
As we close the year, we give gratitude to Jas Wade (they/them), young farmer and co-founder of Seeds & Song who with Young Farmers and partner organizations helped make Liberatory Lineages: Unpacking & Resisting Anti-Blackness possible! We thank the entire young farmer community who joined us in this powerful programming across various time zones. You can learn more about Seeds & Song on Instagram: @seedsandsong.
Thank you Temu Asyr – CDFA BIPOC Advisory Committee 2021
Shout out to Temu, young farmer and member of the CA Farmer Justice Collaborative, for his work in this committee. We appreciate him and other farmers in this committee for their crucial work demanding racial equity within CDFA.
“The main lesson I learned from this advisory committee based on the demographic I represent (Los Angeles | Urban | Socially Disadvantaged) is that we don’t know who or what the CDFA is…We need land to farm on, we need training to teach our community to commercially farm, urban farming, ranching, technical assistance and outreach, and more involvement and access to the overall industry of the umbrella of agriculture itself. This committee has brought us, farmers throughout CA, and our respective communities together…I have learned about the CFJC which is responsible for the BIPOC Advisory Committee in the first place. I am working with my city to create urban farming projects. Finally, I have joined forces with one of the elders and leaders of the Committee to create a statewide farmer training program.” – Temu, November 2021
We’ll see you in 2022!
Here’s a short list of some of our favorite reads or listens from the CA Young Farmers staff in 2021: