The Northeast Farmers of Color Network

The founding members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network at a skillshare gathering in 2018 to envision the Land Trust. (Photo courtesy of Future Focus Media CoOp)

The founding members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network at a skillshare gathering in 2018 to envision the Land Trust. (Photo courtesy of Future Focus Media CoOp)

 
 

Who and What is the “Network”?

The Northeast Farmers of Color network (NEFOC Network) is an informal alliance of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian farmers making our lives on land in New England and Upstate New York. There are 21 founding member-farms of NEFOC and a total of ~250 farmers of color in our network. We have the following purposes:

  1. To break the isolation of being farmers of color in the Northeast by building relationships of mutual respect and joy, the foundation of all other movement work.

  2. To share skills, resources, and time with one other through mutual aid. To build collaborative projects and initiatives.

  3. To coordinate our policy demands and catalyze reparations for Black-Indigenous-POC farmers and land stewards.

Is the NEFOC Network the same as the NEFOC Land Trust?

Not exactly! Part of the goals of the NEFOC Network manifested this growing land trust not-for-profit organization. The NEFOC Land Trust was envisioned by the Network members, serves the will of the Network members, but the land trust is distinct in that it is a separate entity working to pave the way for equitable land access for BIPOC farmers, land stewards, and earth workers in the Northeast region. The most noticeable difference is that the Land Trust does not work on policy and is not a lobbying organization.

Member Benefits

The Network is currently an informal alliance that meets twice a year in person and communicates through a closed, application-only list serv. Members benefit from sharing opportunities, building relationships, and sharing skills. As the NEFOC Land Trust grows, so will the Network member benefits!

Eligibility:

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or another ethnicities of color.

  • Be a farmer, earth worker, land steward, herbalist, medicine person, or have other connections to the land.

  • Agree to abide by the NEFOC Network Community Guidelines.