“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

“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

Grants 2021

American Friends Services Committee

Philadelphia, PA
Project: New Mexico People of the Land Program.

Cultural Arts Coalition

Gainesville, FL
Project: Science Academy and Gardening Program.


So. Deerfield, MA
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
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.

Forage, Inc.

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

Forage, Inc.

Gainesville, FL
Project: Meat Co-Operative.

Franklin County CDC

Greenfield, MA
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.

Friends of Little Orange Creek, Inc.

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

Gaining Ground

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

Greater Duval Neighborhood Association

Gainesville, FL

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

Greater Duval Neighborhood Association

Gainesville, FL
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.

Grow Food Northampton

Florence, MA
Project:  General Operating Support and Valley Grows Infrastructure.

Healthcare Without Harm

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

Holistic Management International

Albuquerque, NM
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.

Main Street Project

Northfield, MN
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.

National Young Farmers Coalition

Hudson, NY
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.

New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association

Santa Fe, NM
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.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Denver, CO
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.

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
Project: General operating support.

Post Carbon Institute

Corvallis, OR
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.

Quivira Coalition

Santa Fe, NM
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.

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida

Gainesville, FL
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.

Sterling College

Craftsbury, VT
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.

Third Sector New England, Inc.

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

Vermont Wilderness School

Brattleboro, VT
Project:  General operating support.

Western Landowners Alliance

Sante Fe, NM
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