“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.

Ladies

“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

“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 2013

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