Partners

 

Agriculture/ Agritourism

  • American Farmland Trust, founded in 1980 by a group of farmers and conservationists concerned about the rapid loss of the nation’s farmland to development, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation’s strategic agricultural resources. Provides legislative updates, conferences and e-news.
  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, supports farmers and rural communities in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians by providing education, mentoring, promotion, web resources, and community and policy development.
  • Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, created to respond to the issues and concerns of Black farmers in the U.S. and abroad. Contact at 252-826-2800 or info@bfaa-us.org
  • Eastern Carolina Organics, a marketing and distribution service for local organic fruits and vegetables. ECO is a farmer-owned company
  • Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Heifer assists groups with organizational development and supports sustainable livestock and agricultural production projects. Heifer also partners with like-minded organizations to develop workshops or trainings that will promote various types of sustainable agricultural and livestock production projects.
  • Land Loss Prevention Project, dedicated to land retention and environmental justice by providing training and legal support.
  • Minority Landowner, a monthly periodical featuring articles and information specifically targeting minority landowners in the southeastern United States and the issues they face.  Contact Victor L. Harris at 919-215-1632 or ccpublishing@earthlink.net
  • NC Department of Agriculture, a state agency that provides a broad range of information and services.
  • NC Farm Transition Network, partners with organizations and professionals to keep land in farm and forest production as it changes ownerships.
  • NC Humanities Council, dedicated to addressing fundamental questions about who we are and how we live in the world we share. The Council provides grants that support free, public programs addressing fundamental questions about who we are and how we live in the world we share.
  • US Department of Agriculture, a federal agency that provides education and outreach, funding, laws and regulations and more.

 

Capacity Building and Organizational Development

  • Center for Participatory Change, providing support to rural communities in Western North Carolina through grassroots organizing, capacity building, networking and grantmaking.
  • Movement Strategy Center, works with grassroots organizations around the country to refine movement-building strategies and tools.
  • NC Center for Nonprofits, is dedicated to serving, promoting and representing the nonprofit sector; provides help line, workshops and webinars.

 

Community and Economic Development

  • NC Rural Center, works to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. The center serves the state’s 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources. The Rural Center operates a multi-faceted program that includes conducting research into rural issues; advocating for policy and program innovations; and building the productive capacity of rural leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations.
  • Southern Growth Policies Board, provides policy guidance to member states by identifying goals and objectives that will create a higher quality of life in the region. Provides a number of publications, including electronic newsletter Southern Compass.

 

Community Engagement

  • Movement Strategy Center, works with grassroots organizations around the country to refine movement-building strategies and tools.

 

Conservation

  • American Farmland Trust, founded in 1980 by a group of farmers and conservationists concerned about the rapid loss of the nation’s farmland to development, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation’s strategic agricultural resources. Provides legislative updates, conferences and enews.
  • Black Family Land Trust works to promote landownership and retention among African-Americans.  
  • Conservation Trust for NC, a non-profit statewide conservation organization dedicated to protecting North Carolina’s land and water through statewide conservation and cooperative work with land trusts. The Conservation Trust works directly with landowners, local land trusts, and government agencies and provides conservation information, training, and connection to local land trusts.

 

Entrepreneurship

  • Good Work, nurturing entrepreneurship, meaningful work and economic security, building communities that support economic justice
  • HandMade in America, working to implement environmentally sustainable economic solutions that emphasize the craft industry, enhance opportunities in the marketplace, and develop entrepreneurial strategies for the region’s crafts artisans.
  • Natural Capital Investment Fund, provides debt and equity financing to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses that will advance sustainable economic development throughout West Virginia and Western North Carolina. NCIF provides critical, timely capital that supports business expansion, creates employment opportunities and develops the rural tax base. NCIF also provides targeted technical assistance to build the non-financial capacity of our clients.
  • NC Rural Center, works to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. The center serves the state’s 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources. The Rural Center operates a multi-faceted program that includes conducting research into rural issues; advocating for policy and program innovations; and building the productive capacity of rural leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations.

 

Environmental Justice

  • Center for Diversity and the Environment, providing information about organizations, people, research, and strategies that are diversifying the environmental movement.
  • Land Loss Prevention Project, dedicated to land retention and environmental justice by providing training and legal support.
  • NC Environmental Justice Network, dedicated to promoting health and environmental equality for all people of North Carolina through community action for clean industry, safe work places and fair access to all human and natural resources. NC EJN accomplishes these goals through organizing, advocacy, research.

 

Forestry

  • Communities Committee, supports efforts in community forestry. The Communities Committee is a nonprofit organization who believe local participation in stewardship of natural resources is critical to both forest ecosystem health and community well-being.
  • National Forest Foundation, congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service.
  • NC Forest Resources, a state agency that protects, manages and develops the forest resources of the state. Contact the Division’s Outreach Coordinator, Alton Perry, at 919-857-4847 or alton.perry@ncagr.gov. Perry helps minority landowners manage forest resources; recruits minorities into the forestry professions; and connects practitioners within Forest Resources with minority landowners.

 

Housing

  • NC Community Development Initiative, a statewide public-private partnership that provides leadership and capital investment to high-performance community development corporations (CDCs) as well as other community based economic development endeavors, (i.e. social enterprises) to improve the well being and quality of life for people in low resource communities.
  • NC Housing Coalition, dedicated to ending the affordable housing crisis in North Carolina and helping people across the state find a place they can call home.

 

Land and Water Issues

  • Conservation Trust for NC, a non-profit statewide conservation organization dedicated to protecting North Carolina’s land and water through statewide conservation and cooperative work with land trusts. The Conservation Trust works directly with landowners, local land trusts, and government agencies and provides conservation information, training, and connection to local land trusts.
  • NC Rural Communities Assistance Project, a nonprofit organization that partners with rural areas to build community capacity to address public health, environmental quality, and community development issues pertaining to water, wastewater, and affordable housing needs.

 

Rural Issues

  • Carsey Institute, conducts research and analysis on the challenges facing families and communities in New Hampshire, Northern New England, and the nation, providing information to policymakers, practitioners, the media and the general public. Provides reports and publications on issues affecting rural America.
  • Center for Rural Affairs, one of the nation’s leading rural organizations advocating for federal policies that support rural community development; providing loans, technical assistance and training to small entrepreneurs; providing comprehensive rural community development services. Enews available.
  • Southern Rural Development Center, seeking to strengthen the capacity of the region’s 29 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. Provides publications, enews, training, funding.

 

Social Justice Issues

  • Center for Diversity and the Environment, providing information about organizations, people, research, and strategies that are diversifying the environmental movement.
  • Dismantling Racism, a process designed to help leaders and organizations that want to proactively understand and address racism, both in the organization and in the community where the organization is working.
  • People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, providing workshops, technical assistance and consultations, PISAB helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.

 

Triple Bottom Line

  • Bioneers, a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework. Provides information, enews and conference.

 

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