“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

Awarded Grants by year: 2018 | 2017201620152014

 

Washington, DC
$5,000

Project: Development of an implementation plan for the Horse Country Protection Program in Ocala/Marion County Florida, including creation of a purchase of development rights program for the county as part of a plan for the future of agriculture in a rapidly growing part of Florida.

 

Philadelphia, PA
$15,000

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
$10,000

Project: Leadership Summit support.

 

Hartford, CT
$4,650

Project: Market Ventures Strategic Planning.

 

Hartford, CT
$10,000

Project: Develop a plan to create a culinary workforce development pathway, resulting in a local, educated culinary workforce that meets demonstrated employer needs.

 

So. Deerfield, MA
$12,500

Project: Includes prototyping a new kind of technical assistance, called Guilding, that supports effective, intentional organizational interdependence for organisms (including businesses, non-profit organizations, and unincorporated endeavors) that create context for one another’s vitality. The Guilding Technical Assistance project will continue to expand the development of this creative economic work system.

 

So. Deerfield, MA
$6,000

Project: Planning and execution of PV Grows Winter Forum.

 

So. Deerfield, MA
$25,000

Project: Funding for the CISA 25th anniversary year (2018) $25,000 fund drive.

 

So. Deerfield, MA
$12,500

Project: 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.

 

Fremont, CA
$12,500

Project: Force for Good Fund.

 

Gainesville, FL
$12,600

Project: General support to expand an after school science program for low-income African American students, called : Growing STEAM: Supporting Science and Cultural Education with Afterschool Garden Programming to include Duval Neighborhood in addition to the George Washington Carver program.  This program will use gardening to make third and fourth grade science come alive, while also weaving in culture, history, and healthy nutrition.

 

Gainesville, FL
$18,500

Project: General operating support for the Growing STEAM: Supporting Science and Cultural Education with After School Gardening program, to expand two youth garden/after school science programs for underserved African American students; the George Washington Carver and the Greater Duval Neighborhood programs, weaving in culture, history and healthy nutrition and including support for field trips  and program enhancements.

 

Project: Development of an implementation plan for the Horse Country Protection Program in Ocala/Marion County Florida, including creation of a purchase of development rights program for the county as part of a plan for the future of agriculture in a rapidly growing part of Florida.

 

San Geronimo, CA
$4,000

Project: General support for the 2017 Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, providing education to the general public about textile systems and their impact on human, ocean and soil health.

 

Gainesville, FL
$10,000

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
$115,000

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.

 

Greenfield, MA
$25,000

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

 

Project: Project: General operating support for the Greater Duval Neighborhood Association administrative expenses necessary to build and expand programs for youth and seniors in the Duval Neighborhood.

 

Florence, MA
$10,000

Project: General operating support.

 

Project: General operating support.

 

Hartford, CT
$20,000

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.

 

Bainbridge Island, WA
$15,000

Project: General operating support.

 

Corvallis, OR
$8,000

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
$18,000

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

 

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.

 

Santa Fe, NM
$20,000

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

 

Bainbridge Island, WA
$50,000

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.

 

Craftsbury Common, VT
$24,500

Project: General support for curriculum and operational expenses for development of the Wendell Berry Farming Program.

 

Project: General operating support for co-authoring a biography about innovative rancher Gabe Brown, and his journey into Regenerative Agriculture, called : Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.

 

Project: General support for the Innovators In Regenerative Agriculture Book Series, to tell the stories of innovative leaders representing a diverse cross-section of the regenerative agriculture movement, both topically and geographically.

 

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

 

Project: Walnut Street Farm Stand construction support.

 

Project: Kitchen Table Advisors General Operating Support.

 

Project: The Growing Health Collaborative.

 

Santa Fe, NM
$18,000

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