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Reimagining Native Food Economies

Reimagining Native Food Economies by Native American Agriculture Fund is a 19-page publication on Reimagining Native Food Economies. It offers a vision for native food and agriculture infrastructure rebuilding and recovery. A regional food system grounded in Native culture, that provides economic opportunities and diversification for Tribes and producers to feed their communities is necessary. Included is a proposal to build 10 regional food hubs in Indian Country to provide necessary processing and distribution infrastructure for food grown and raised by Tribal farmers and ranchers. These hubs could also serve as critical resources to broader rural communities.

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Reckoning with Racial Justice in Farm Country

As cities erupt in civil unrest, rural communities and agriculture groups are divided over George Floyd's death and the resulting protests. 

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Land loss has plagued black America since emancipation – is it time to look again at ‘black commons’ and collective ownership?

Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land and power that has circumscribed black lives since the end of slavery in the U.S.

An expanded concept of the “black commons” – based on shared economic, cultural and digital resources as well as land – could act as one means of redress. As professors in urban planning and landscape architecture, our research suggests that such a concept could be a part of undoing the racist legacy of chattel slavery by encouraging economic development and creating communal wealth.

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Programs for Farmers/Producers:

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (The 2501 Program)

Funding Opportunities:

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Direct Farmer Aid Program General Funding Information 

General Resources:

2019 Illinois Agricultural Overview

o    Administrators of shared or congregate housing: This guidance was created to help owners, administrators, or operators of shared (also called “congregate”) housing facilities – working together with residents, staff, and public health officials – prevent the spread of COVID-19.

o    Residents of shared or congregate housing

Illinois Farmer Resilience Fund by Illinois Stewardship Alliance

501(c)(3) Assistance in Response to COVID-19 by Chicago Region Food System Fund

Coronavirus Relief Options by US Small Business Administration

Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training by Michigan State University Extension and University of Illinois Extension

Water Access Updates for City Farmers in Chicago by Advocates for Urban Agriculture

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Last Updated: November 19, 2020