“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life." ― Wendell Berry

“America is not a pile of goods… America is a dream of greater justice and opportunity for the average man and, if we can not obtain it, all our other achievements amount to nothing.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Ecological agriculture allows us to make peace with the earth, soil and the society.” ― Vandana Shiva

The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, … you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land. ― Lynn Noel

The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence. ― Slow Money Principle III.

“When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited. …” ― The Land Institute

Grants 2017

Awarded Grants by year: 2018 | 2017 - 201620152014


Gainesville, FL

Project: General support for a Springs Summer Camp in June, 2016 to immerse students in the study of our watershed and our unique springs with various scientists and artists.  Educational outreach is also a part of the project, to produce documentary films and a teacher’s guidebook for distribution.


Philadelphia, PA

Project:  AFSC New Mexico – The program works to create systemic change in food systems by supporting small farmers and increasing access to healthy local food in low wealth and marginalized communities across the state.


Project: General operating support.


Oakland, CA

Project: General operating support for the Arkansas Local Economy Learning Trip, a pilot program to support development of a more interconnected entrepreneur base within low income, rural, and communities of color, while advancing capital solutions as part of a holistic economic model.


Berkeley, CA

Project: General support for development of the design phase of a tablet based Interactive Guide for teachers nationwide that will teach understanding of the multiple connections between food systems and climate change using a variety of media and materials.


So. Deerfield, MA

Project: To support the continued effort to provide local, sustainable food and food system infrastructure improvements and diversity in Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts, including increasing SNAP opportunities.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General operating support for the Environmental Ambassadors Program, a summer employment and job skills training program for at risk youth centered on acquiring a basic understanding of the need to value and conserve our natural resources.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General support for business planning and execution of the pilot development of a Community Food Center that would provide the resources and support to bring people together to grow, cook, develop value added products, educate, share and advocate for healthy, local food for all. By locating under one roof, the Center would accelerate the creation of a comprehensive local food system, and incubate entrepreneurs.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General support for Forage’s program, the Southern Heritage Seed Collective for organizational capacity building to continue building a southern network for seed-saving including office management, educational materials as the Seed Library expands their programs and develop seed protocols.


Gainesville, FL

Project: Porters Quarters Urban Farm.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General operating support for Phase 2 project coordination of a Community Food Center called Working Food, for initial operating expenses, location development and community outreach.


Florence, MA

Project: General operating support.


Amherst, MA

Project: Project: Create a Center for New England Food and Agriculture. The Center will support a Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program; Internship Program; Collaborative Research Program; and Cross-Institutional Initiatives.


Cambridge, MA 

Project: This grant will enable HCWH staff to identify and recruit anchor institutions in New England for the Advisory Team, identify and hire the project consultant, and design, prepare initial analysis for and facilitate the first meeting of the Advisory Team in the summer of 2017.


Hartford, CT

Project: KNOX and Connecticut Science Center continue to partner to provide Hartford Public School students hands-on gardening skills within an integrated science curriculum.


Project: General support for organization capacity building to better educate and  support young farmers in how to gain access to land, develop better technical and business support,  and implement regenerative agriculture methods that protect land and conserve water.


Washington, DC

Project: Display of the exhibition, Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth, during the SAFSF Annual Forum in Gainesville, FL June 27-29, 2017.


Project: To renovate and support the general operating expenses involved in consolidating and program support for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas.


Project: General Operating Expenses to help support the work of Planned Parenthood in New Mexico providing healthcare, development and outreach to patients.


Bainbridge Island, WA

Project: National Student Writing Competition. Support making it possible for students to write important essays about the important topics of the day and publish in YES Magazine.


Santa Rosa, CA

Project: General operating support for development of educational programming within the Resilience Institute and Community Resilience Framework to assist individuals and communities to build the relationships, skills, resources and capacities necessary to deal with the ecological, economic, energy and equity challenges we all face today.


Santa Fe, NM

Project: General operating funding to support ongoing programs for outreach, education, and on-line and technical operations.


Bainbridge Island, WA

Project: Runway Project Oakland is a collaboration designed to launch an innovative Friends and Family Loan Program specifically for African-American entrepreneurs in Oakland, CA. This program will develop a certificate of deposit that backs a loan product investing in very early stage African-American entrepreneurs, while also mentoring them.


Project: General support for further expansion of Community Weatherization Community’s organizational capacity, including retaining a full time coordinator, who would be responsible for developing additional community partnerships, organizing home audits and auditor training, scheduling regular audit trainings, and working with the CWC Board of Directors to further the organization’s goals of improving home weatherization and energy efficiency for low-income households through education, volunteer work projects, and community building.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General operating support for outreach and training services in life management skills, employability skills and basic computer skills for women who access the Displaced Homemaker program, and for staff development and program materials.


Northampton, MA

Project: To support the funding of a new Community based loan fund in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.


Craftsbury Common, VT

Project: General support for purchase of manure spreader for the Rian Fried Center at Sterling College.


Project: Gardening the Community general support develop sustainable local food system in Springfield, MA with community and youth leadership.


Exton, PA

Project: Build a butterfly hoop garden and continue supporting The Youth Entrepreneurship Council (YEC) which brings youth together to design, develop and implement a youth-directed project that will inspire and benefit other young people to embrace social justice and sustainability issues in Philadelphia.


Santa Fe, NM

Project: General operating expenses including operation fees, and the advancement of conservation and stewardship practices and policies for public and private workings land in Western North America.



The Lydia B. Stokes Foundation is committed to the Quaker philosophy of peace and justice. The Foundation supports building resilient, healthy communities by focusing on social and economic justice, regenerative organic agriculture, viable, healthy ecosystems, quality of life issues, development of local food systems, local energy security and peace initiatives.

This vision of interconnected Life and Living Values directs our grant making and drives our investment decisions