The Need Too many of North Carolina’s farmers are struggling. So are its residents.

Small farms contribute greatly to local communities, but systemic barriers often limit their success.

SMALL AND MID-SCALE FARMS ARE OFTEN EXCLUDED FROM SUBSIDIES AND OTHER BENEFITS.

Large farms growing exclusively commodity crops like corn, wheat, and soy often receive subsidies and other financial supports from the government that small farmers growing “specialty” crops don’t qualify for. (Modern Farmer)

WOMEN FARMERS AND FARMERS OF COLOR ARE HISTORICALLY DISADVANTAGED.

These farmers face unique challenges borne out of systemic racism – and the demand for grants to support them vastly exceeds funding supply provided by U.S. legislation. (Pacific Standard, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)

BEGINNING FARMERS OFTEN CAN’T BUY LAND.


In a 2017 survey, 61% of beginning farmers reported that their biggest challenge was access to land. They’re often forced to lease because they can’t find affordable land to buy or can’t earn enough income from farming to support a purchase. Student debt also limits loans for land. (
Successful Farming, National Young Farmer Coalition)