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Noyes Foundation - A long-time supporter of the organic food movement

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the organics food movement. The following sample of grants demonstrates the diversity of Noyes funding to advance organics. As part of its current sustainable agriculture and food system funding, the Foundation continues to support organics.

A. Grants to promote family scale organic farming and/or to changed federal/state programs and policies to advance organic farming

1. Organic Farming Research Foundation = $82,500

$75,000 in general operating grants between 1995 and 2000 + $7,500 for capacity building

2. Organic Farming Associations Council = $27,500

$27,500 in general operating grants between 1992 and 1994, working in Southeast and South Central U.S.

3. Cornucopia Institute = $119,000

$100,000 in general operating grants between 2005 and 2010 + $15,000 for capacity building + $4,000 for shareholder action with Dean Foods and Wal-Mart

4. Northeast Organic Farmers Association = $5,000

$5,000 for general support in 1998

5. Florida Organic Growers Association = $5,000

$5,000 for expansion of certification process in 2001

B. Grants to Increase Production and Consumption of Organic Products

1. Sustainable Cotton Project = $127,500

$120,000 for general support between 1997 and 2002 to increase the demand for organic cotton + $7,500 for capacity building

2. Red Tomato = $153,900

$150,900 for general support between 1997 and 2002 to create markets in the Northeast for local organic fruit and vegetables + $3,000 for capacity building

C. Grants to Increase Producers of Organics

1. Agriculture and Land Based Training Association = $180,000

$80,000 for general support between 1996 and 2000 + $80,000 for special leadership project between 2006 and 2009 to assist farmworkers in becoming self-employed organic farmers + $20,000 for capacity building

2. Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas = $105,000

$90,000 for special leadership project between 2006 and 2009 to expand labeling of organic products to include a social justice rating system + $15,000 for capacity building

In addition to the above the Foundation funded a number of Native American organizations which promote traditional growing practices. These include the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative, Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, and the New Mexico Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance.

Lastly, for years the Foundation supported RAFI-USA and the Southern Sustainable Working Group. Part of that funding was to influence the formation of the National Organic Standards Board. Michael Sligh, director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at RAFI-USA and a key leader in the Southern SAWG, was the founding chair of the National Organics Standards Board.