The Farmers Advocating for Organic program began with the 2002 Farm Bill, which included an exemption for organic farmers from contributing to national promotion programs like "Got Milk?" In response, Organic Valley devised a way for farmers to pool their exemptions into an organic-focused granting fund as a way to promote and advance organic farming. Funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers, FAFO is the largest farmer-funded grant program in the United States and one of the few focused solely on organic food and farming.
Through the program, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and livelihood of organic farmers. Priority will be given to projects that result in broader consumer and public understanding of the benefits of organic food and farming.
Nonprofit organizations and academic/research institutions are eligible to apply.
Letters of Interest must be received no later than September 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
For complete program guidelines and application procedures, see the Farmers Advocating For Organic website.