“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 2016

Awarded Grants by year: 20182017 - 2016 - 20152014


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.


Project: LA Healthy Communities – Develop youth driven sustainable local food initiatives to build healthier local food availability and social justice.


Project: General operating support.


Oakland, CA

Project:support the Place-Based Impact Investing Summit on December 7-9, 2016 in Monterey, CA. BALLE will convene a group of 250 of the nation’s most pioneering local economy leaders, investors and community foundations for a working dialogue on place-based impact investing for inclusive, healthy local economies.


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.


So. Deerfield, MA

Project: Continued funding of PV Grows staff position.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General operating support for organizational development and capacity building in order to expand CTF’s base of financial support, public outreach, organizational infrastructure, staff capacity and ability to fulfill its mission of land and resource conservation and protection of working landscapes in Florida.


Project: Sun Valley Institute for Resilience Produce the “Invest Local Now Guide to Using Self-Directed IRAs and Solo 401Ks.” This guide will provide step-by-step information and tools to show grassroots investors how they can localize their long-term retirement savings out of Wall Street into local investing on Main Street.


San Geronimo, CA

Project: To support a collaboration between Fibershed and the Berry Farming Program in Kentucky to develop a new working model for the Soil-to-Soil textile framework based in hemp agriculture by conducting plot research to determine the effects of hemp stalk retting on soil health and determining the best crop rotations that will build soil organic matter.


Gainesville, FL

Project: General support for Forage and the Southern Heritage Seed Collective for organizational capacity building including office management, educational materials and farm management support as Forage and the Seed Library expand their programs and develop the farm, and seed protocols.


Berkeley, CA

Project: General support for next phase of making the film Earth-Island: Energy and Community.


Amherst, MA

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.


Hartford, CT

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


Project: General operating support for The Maine Harvest Credit Project (MHCP) which is dedicated to creating a specialized, statewide credit union focused on Maine’s new food economy. The purpose of the Maine Harvest Credit Union will be to fill critical financing gaps facing Maine’s small farms and related food producers with the goal of becoming one of the cornerstone institutions of Maine’s new food economy.


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.


Project: General operating expenses.


Bainbridge Island, WA

Project: National Student Writing Competition.


Santa Rosa, CA

Project: General operating support for development of 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.


San Francisco, CA

Project: Develop and deliver a new course and associated certificate program, Sustainable Food Systems and Intersectoral Innovation that will teach Good Food entrepreneurs the essentials of sustainable food and agriculture and how the business/government interplay influences and shapes their strategies and opportunities for success. The resulting capabilities will enable effective food systems innovators working throughout the food supply chain and in varying contexts, ranging from local and regional food, farming and retail initiatives to national policies, companies and campaigns.


Santa Fe, NM

Project: General Operating funding to support ongoing programs for farm apprenticeships, land stewardship and restoration education, development and support of collaboration between diverse groups of land-users, and development and outreach of the carbon ranch.


Project: General support for expanding the Community Weatherization Community’s organizational capacity.


Gainesville, FL

Project: Displaced Homemaker Program – General operating support for outreach and training services.


Project: General Support to aid the Institute in its overall operations and expenses.


Northampton, MA

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


Exton, PA

Project: The Youth Entrepreneurship Council (YEC) 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.


Project: Gardening the Community – Develop sustainable local food system in Springfield, MA with community and youth leadership


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