“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 2015

Awarded Grants by year: 201820172016 - 2015 - 2014


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

So. Deerfield, MA

Project: General Support.

Project: Mapping Work Across the Food System.

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.

Great Barrington, MA

Project: Additional staff.

Project: Support the Place-Based Impact Investing.

Lyons, NE

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

Gainesville, FL

Project: General support for capacity building and organizational development.

Santa Rosa CA

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

Gainesville, FL

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

Gainesville, FL

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

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

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

So. Deerfield, MA

Project: Continued funding of PV Grows staff position.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Project: National Student Writing Competition.

Project: General Operating Support

Philadelphia, PA

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

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 to aid the Institute in its overall operations and expenses.

Sonoma, CA

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

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