Applications for the 2024 Cultivators Fund are now closed.

    This year our application window was February 25th - March 12th. We will be funding 45 applicants by random lottery. All grant recipients will receive $500 each. 

    Now that applications have been collected, we will be approving applications that have met the listed criteria, and we will be using a lottery system for selecting the awardees.  

    We will make award notices in mid-late March 2024. Awardees will be notified by email and for questions or information please contact Kieran@midwestfarmersofcolor.org  


      About the Cultivators Fund:
      Midwest Farmers of Color are helping heal climate change and food apartheid. When we have emergent needs, we need quick & accessible support. This fund began in 2022 as a way to help support our farmers with critical, early season investments for each year. In 2023 MFCC gave out 19 mini grants, contributing to things like soil improvements, fencing, value added product development, seed purchasing and more. 

      Farmer of Color Social Zoom

      These Zoom calls are monthly times to meet each other, strengthen our network, and get updates from the MFCC Coordinating Team and each other. We encourage folks to bring announcements and opportunities to share. This is a farmer and gardener of color space only. 

      Register here






      Seeding our Cultural Foods Seed Gathering & Swap

      Please join us for this chance to delve into important culture keeping, technical seed keeping knowledge, seed story sharing & community building with seed keepers!  We'll have free seeds & please bring your dried seeds to clean if you can. This is a free event, lunch & snacks will be served. We're so grateful to our partners, Plant Grow Share, Ujamaa Cooperative Farmers Alliance/ Ujamaa Seeds, Project Sweetie Pie and others. RSVP here and see you there! 




      Emerging Farmer Conference (in person) Nov 3 - 4, 2023 

      This conference is a great way to meet other farmers of color in the Midwest, see farmer-led workshops, participate in discussions, and learn about resources & opportunities. They have a good amount of farmers of color attend and do a good job of providing interpreting services at the conference.  

      MFCC is a planning and outreach partner on this conference and will co-host 2 workshops this year: Seed Saving & Seed Swap (Sat 11/4 930am-11am CST) and Grounding Policy in the Voices of Farmers Listening Session (Sat 11/4 330pm-5pm CST)

      Register today and hope to see you there!!



      this poster is a full color print showing diverse farmers of color advocating for their needs for racial equity in the farm bill. This is a virtual training on 10/19/2023, from 6-8pm CST. For more information and to register, visit: bit.ly/46ux60Q Contact info@midwestfarmersofcolor.org for questions & info. 

      Racial Equity in our Farm Bill Advocacy Training Oct 19th 6pm-8pm CST

      Join us to online learn more about the largest piece of federal legislation dictating our food and agriculture system and ways to advocate for a more transformative bill that centers racial equity, addresses land access, the climate crisis, includes worker protections, and more!

      Simultaneous interpretation will be available! This is a mostly people of color space and an opportunity to practice connecting our experiences with specific policy asks. 

      Featuring presenters:

      Zoe Hollomon, Midwest Farmers of Color

      Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists

      Vanessa Garcia Polanco, National Young Farmers Coalition

      Billy Hackett, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

      To Register, visit: bit.ly/46ux60Q

      For questions & more info contact info@midwestfarmersofcolor.org