“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

Awarded Grants by year: 2015 - 2014 -2013

 

Ann Arbor , MI
$10,000

Project: Fair Food Business Assistance Collaborative (FFBAC) – Western MA is a joint effort of Fair Food Network (FFN) and Common Capital with support from the PVGrows network to offer expert business assistance to food system infrastructure enterprises in Western MA.

Project: Northampton, MA FoodStampsX2 program gets nutritious, delicious food into the kitchens of individuals and families that otherwise would not be able to afford it. This is done by doubling the value of our customers’ SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps).

Project: General support of new and ongoing education and outreach programs that promote nutritious, viable food security. This includes Alachua County Farmer’s Market EBT Proj: Offers SNAP recipients (formerly food stamps) the opportunity use their benefits to purchase food at two farmers markets. The Gainesville Initiative for Tasty Gardens (GIFT Gardens): The Gainesville Initiative for Tasty Gardens or GIFT Gardens builds raised bed vegetable gardens and edible landscaping for low-income families. Porter’s Community Farm: Gainesville’s first urban farm, built to help supply fresh organic vegetables to the nearby St. Francis House for the Homeless, and host a community garden. Promoting and organizing successful organic farming workshops throughout Florida.

Project: The Science and Sustainability Expo, which addresses the greatest challenges of all times: achieving the knowledge, will, capability and action to attain a sustainable lifestyle in an era of global ecosystem disruption caused by human activity.

Project: The Mapping Work Across the Food System project will identify work in different parts of the food system that can be paired or combined to create full-time employment or year-round agricultural employment.

Belchertown , MA
$4,000

Project: Grant will offset those students and agricultural workers in need of registration fees.

Project: General Support for the information, education, and health services which Planned Parenthood provides for men and women throughout the United States.

Santa Rosa , CA
$12,000

Project: In general support of the Community Resilience Initiative The Community Resilience Initiative is a multi-year effort to support and help grow resilient communities across the United States in four key areas: building local food security, producing local, renewable energy, investing in the local economy, and planning locally for an uncertain future. PCI is helping build their capacity to develop effective responses to the changing conditions, as well as a collaborative network of communities, community leaders by bringing new ideas for action and models for implementation to local efforts, building a constantly updated on-line hub of information, inspiration, and resources and supporting peer learning within and across resilience-building communities.

San Francisco , CA
$7,500

Project: Design a new Sustainable Agriculture curriculum module that will be a required component of our sustainable MBA program, to be delivered within the Capital Markets course. The module will explicitly examine the relationship between the alternative financial system development and the food/agriculture economy.

Project: Continued funding of PV Grows staff position

Santa Fe , NM
$18,000

Project: New Agrarian Program: to support the Quivira apprenticeship program in training and educating aspiring ranchers and farmers; to provide support to the host Ranches and farms involved in this project, and to help build capacity within this program to work toward national recognition as a professional educational institution.

Project: To support scholarships for attendees of the conference and technical needs to help facilitate the different conference speaking engagements.

Exton , PA
$5,000

Project: Food For All responds to the increasing need for access to fresh produce and nutrient-dense food in low income communities by installing garden beds at organizations agreeing to donate at least 50% of their harvest to food banks.

Craftsbury Common , VT
$30,000

Project: Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems expansion and improvement of sustainable agriculture facilities in support of new initiative in food systems in collaboration with partners in the Hardwick area.

Washington , D.C.
$10,000

Project: American Sustainable Business Council building national infrastructure, state-based infrastructure, and media coverage to build a sustainable economy.

Philadelphia , PA
$15,000

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

Gainesville , FL
$8,500

Project: General facilities operating support, and support for a Manager on Duty position for the kitchen incubator facility.

Micanopy , FL
$8,000

Project: General support for capacity building and organizational development.

Amherst , MA
$5,000

Project: Develop affordable local land opportunities for farmers and the farming community.

Springfield , MA
$5,000

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

San Francisco , CA
$5,000

Project: Design a new Sustainable Agriculture curriculum module.

Sonoma, CA
$10,000

Project: Public Banking Institute – Development of an economic modeling tool called the Invest Local Online Toolkit.

Gainesville, FL
$8,000

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

York Harbor , ME
$4,000

Project: General operating support.

Bainbridge Island , WA
$5,000

Project:  “Food as Healer” Support making it possible to distribute free copies to those who would otherwise be unable to get the magazine.

Bainbridge Island , WA
$5,000

Project: General support for a positive economic vision and the development of new jobs.

 

 

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

Awarded Grants by year: 2021 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015

 

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

So. Deerfield, MA
$12,500

Project: General Support.

Project: Mapping Work Across the Food System.

Hartford, CT
$13,000

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

Great Barrington, MA
$20,000

Project: Additional staff.

Project: Support the Place-Based Impact Investing.

Lyons, NE
$9,873

Project: National Young Farmers Coalition General Support and training workshop “Accessing Affordable Farmland with Land Trusts”.

Gainesville, FL
$10,000

Project: General support for capacity building and organizational development.

Santa Rosa CA
$15,000

Project: General operating support for development of the Resilience Institute and Community Resilience Framework.

Gainesville, FL
$14,000

Project: General support for Forage and the Southern Heritage Seed Collective.

Gainesville, FL
$27,000

Project: General support for a planning and feasibility study for development of a Community Food Center.

Project: General operating support for all organizational activities including advocacy, operation, and protection of health clinics; health and sex education programs; electronic outreach; and promotion of enrollment of women in the Affordable Care Act.

Amherst, MA
$60,000

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.

Project: Website.

Ketchum, ID
$15,000

Project: Sun Valley Institute for Resilience “Invest Local Now Guide to Using Self-Directed IRAs and Solo 401Ks.”

So. Deerfield, MA
$2,500

Project: Continued funding of PV Grows staff position.

Bainbridge Island, WA
$7,500

Project: National Student Writing Competition.

Project: General Operating Support

Philadelphia, PA
$15,000

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

Santa Fe, NM
$20,000

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 to aid the Institute in its overall operations and expenses.

Sonoma, CA
$10,000

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

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

Berkeley, CA
$10,000

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

 

 

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

Awarded Grants by year: 2021 | 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015

 

Gainesville, FL
$16,800

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
$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
$5,000

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
$7,000

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
$25,000

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
$16,000

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
$12,000

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
$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
$3,040

Project: Porters Quarters Urban Farm.

 

Gainesville, FL
$47,500

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
$10,000

Project: General operating support.

 

Amherst, MA
$60,000

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 
$15,000

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
$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.

 

Washington, DC
$1,250

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
$8,000

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
$10,000

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
$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.

 

Gainesville, FL
$8,500

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
$25,000

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

 

Craftsbury Common, VT
$7,500

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
$7,500

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
$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

Awarded Grants by year: 2021 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015

 

Gainesville, FL
$16,800

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
$15,000

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
$25,000

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
 $2,500

Project: Continued funding of PV Grows staff position.

 

Gainesville, FL
$12,000

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
$13,550

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
$12,000

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
$10,000

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

 

Amherst, MA
$60,000

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
$14,970

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
$7,500

Project: National Student Writing Competition.

 

Santa Rosa, CA
$12,000

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
$7,500

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
$20,000

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
$10,000

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
$25,000

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

 

Exton, PA
 $7,500

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

Awarded Grants by year: 2021 | 2018201720162015

 

Project: New Mexico People of the Land Program.

 

Gainesville, FL
$22,000

Project: Project: Science Academy and Gardening Program.

 

So. Deerfield, MA
$10,000

Project: 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.

 

San Geronimo, CA
$10,000

Project: General support for continued development and dissemination of a fiber and natural dye systems financial literacy and business planning training designed to empower Fibershed Producers with basic business, strategic planning, marketing and financial skills applicable to fiber economy businesses at any stage in development or tenure. Courses will be delivered primarily online through live webinars, with recordings and materials available after the fact, including a suite of practical tools and one on one consulting.

 

Gainesville, FL
$50,000

Project: General operating support grant for Working Food, a Community Food Center, for operations and capacity building.

 

Gainesville, FL
$5,000

Project:Meat Co-Operative.

 

Greenfield, MA
$25,000

Project: The Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund (PVGIF) provides financing and technical
assistance to farm and food businesses through community investments to create more
vibrant farm and food businesses, more local jobs, and more access to healthy food in
the Pioneer Valley.

 

Project: Creekside Environmental Education for Kids (CrEEK) Program.

 

Concord, MA
$10,000

Project: General Operating with focus on sharing the data accomplished through the farm’s farming methods.

 

Project: Facilitate the launch of the First Community Development Corporation and engage the community in Strategic Planning for the next 5 years of operation.

 

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, especially the Summer Sling youth career program.

 

Florence, MA
$7,500

Project: General Operating Support and Valley Grows Infrastructure.

 

Cambridge, MA
$10,000

Project: Further development of the New England Food Processors Collective.

 

Project: General Operating Funding to broadly support ongoing dialogue and collaboration with the Quivira Coalition and other non-profits working to improve the health of soil, ecosystems, and food nutrition in New Mexico.

 

Northfield, MN
$8,000

Project: support formation of a solidarity group loan fund that will support beginning and immigrant producers with operating loans to either individually or collectively raise poultry under a regenerative model.

 

Project: General support for organization capacity building and strategic planning to better educate policymakers, 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, and address climate resilience.

 

Project: General operating expense to strengthen the New Mexico food system by supporting R&D programs for food producers, as well as outreach and education for food consumers and health clinics.

 

Project: General operating grant to cover the online and in-clinic services that PPRMNM provides to its patients regarding their reproductive healthcare needs and requirements.

 

Bainbridge Island, WA
$14,000

Project: 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
$15,000

Project: General operating support for the Coalition's community outreach and education efforts, their various programs including those promoting regenerative agriculture, soil carbon sequestration, and apprenticeships for new farmers, ranchers, and First Nations members.

 

Project: General support for continued expansion of the CWC’s organizational capacity and
core operations (energy surveys, energy upgrades, training, recruitment, and outreach) as they undertake an ambitious agenda implementing their Best Practices Manual, continuing research on effective energy efficiency measures and partnering with IFAS extension for county and state-wide outreach.

 

Craftsbury Common VT
$10,000

Project: General support for curriculum and operational expenses for initiatives of the Rian Fried Center to develop Sterling’s small grains production and partner with the Abenaki-Dawnland Heritage Seed Garden to preserve, document, and disseminate heritage landrace seeds.

 

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

 

Brattleboro, VT
$5,000

Project: General operating support.

 

Santa Fe, NM
$15,000

Project: general operating funding to advance policies and practices that will increase the health and biological diversity of working lands across the West.

 

 

 

 

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