The National Young Farmers Coalition is partnering with Chipotle to offer $5,000 grants to 75 young farmers and ranchers to support them in building careers in agriculture.
About the Program
For the last three years, the National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) has partnered with Chipotle to support young and beginning farmers and ranchers start up and grow their businesses with a flexible funding opportunity each spring. The program provided 50 farmers and ranchers with $5,000 each in the spring of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Grant recipients also received a one-year membership to the National Young Farmers Coalition.
In our fourth year of the program, we are excited to announce that we will be growing the program to offer 75 grants to a new cohort of young farmers and ranchers in 2023.
In addition to growing the number of grants we are offering this spring, we are adding an additional lens to the program of regenerating soil and community to celebrate the deep and visionary care for land and community that the next generation of farmers embodies.
In 2022 the Coalition conducted a National Survey of over 10,000 young farmers and ranchers across the country. The results indicated an overwhelming majority of young and BIPOC farmers and ranchers embed a care for land and community as a core for their operations, with a vision for the long-term health of both.
Regenerative agriculture broadly refers to an approach to farming and ranching that builds healthy soils and ecosystems, supports climate-resilient farms and communities, and addresses inequity in agriculture. Regenerative practices are not new, they have been innovated by Indigenous communities for thousands of years. We are excited to grow this grant program with the added lens to celebrate this eye to ancient practices as a path forward for the future of agriculture in the US.
This year, sixty-seven awards will go to businesses already in operation, and eight to farm and ranch operations starting up in 2023. Our grant program is available to support farmers and ranchers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, in addition to the 50 states and Washington D.C.
What can a Young Farmer Grant do?
Young Farmer Grants are designed to provide a flexible financial boost to young farmers building long-term careers in agriculture. This fund can be used for anything that will further your goals as a farmer, even if that means just getting started. The goal of this fund is to provide financial assistance for any cost that currently limits your ability to start, run, or grow your operation in the way you’d like.
Grant funding may support completing a project, purchasing a new piece of equipment, covering operating costs such as seeds and compost, building new infrastructure, attending a farmer training program or conference, hiring additional farm labor, or covering personal finances that stand in the way of farm success, including but not limited to childcare, housing, or student loan payments. Funds, once awarded, may be used to match other grant opportunities.
These grants are available to farmers of all races and gender identities. To ensure that our grants are contributing to ending inequity in access to agricultural careers, we commit to providing a minimum of 50% of our grants to Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, and 50% of grants to female-identifying, non-binary, and trans farmers. These are not mutually exclusive identity categories and should not be understood as adding up to 100% of available grants.
Applications for the 2023 Young Farmer Grant Program are open until 3pm Eastern on January 13, 2023.