Red Clay Fellowship
About the Program
Introducing the launch of the Red Clay Fellowship: a leadership program for young, BIPOC farmers in the South centered on climate action and building racial equity through agriculture.
Every day there are tables of people sitting around in D.C., state legislatures, and private dinners across the country having conversations that will determine the future of our food and farming systems. We need those tables to be full of young and BIPOC farmer leaders demanding the equitable transformation our food systems need. With the average U.S. farmer approaching 60 years old and nearly half of U.S. farmland on the brink of changing ownership over the next two decades, creating policy solutions to support this new generation of growers is essential if we are going to achieve food security, healthy communities, and protect natural resources into the future.
BIPOC farmers in the South have experienced dozens of generations of discrimination, violence, and exploitation in their pursuit of land ownership, stewardship, and agriculture. These leaders have developed resilient systems of farming at the intersection of climate crisis, land loss, and racial oppression — all to continue ancestral traditions of feeding their communities and fighting for structural change. The Red Clay Fellowship seeks to identify and support 6 farmer leaders already working to unite and mobilize communities in the South around issues of sustainability and racial equity. We seek farmers who have a demonstrated desire to drive structural change, connect with a regional- and national network of like-minded farmer leaders, and are excited to grow via a supportive, educational and activist infrastructure.
These 6 Southern farmer fellows working at the nexus of sustainability and racial equity will benefit from 20 hours of leadership and strategic educational programming to enhance the impact of their work in their local and regional community and amplify their voices beyond it. This includes but is not limited to: dynamic use of SWOT analysis as an organizing tool, storytelling and advocacy, and southern traditions of agrarian organizing. This program resources young BIPOC farmers to become experts on and advocates for local and regional policy change that serves their communities and their work. The fellowship is designed to not only mobilize, but heal; the restorative space will support fellows to cultivate energy and confidence to act as local, regional, and federal advocates.
Fellows will receive a $3000 stipend for participating in this fellowship. The application period is officially closed for the fellowship.