Farming the Future exists to strengthen and amplify the movement for an agroecological system of food and farming.
Agroecology offers a vital antidote to the industrial food system and associated challenges of environmental damage, societal inequality and threats to human health. It is built on equity, harmony, compassion, and renews our deep cultural connection with land and soil.
Farming the Future takes a strategic and experimental approach rooted in deep co-operation within and across the whole system, from how food is produced and distributed to who is included and excluded from access to good food and the land.
We pool funds, knowledge, and networks across funders and actors in the movement, working as equals. We question conventional philanthropy, and continually reassess our processes to be flexible and appropriate to our aims and purpose.
Together we are all co-creators. Farming the Future draws on our collective wisdom and imagination, and moves towards a holistic, resilient, fair food system for now and for future generations
The Food & Farming Movement
Do you enjoy the sensory experience of eating deliciously tasty food?
Do you appreciate food that is grown in a way that supports our planet’s natural systems?
Do you believe that everyone should have a right to eat in this way?
If yes, you are part of the Food and Farming Movement, even if you didn’t know it. Your purchases are the end product of an entire system and the choices we have impacts our health and our planet.
Food brings people together, over kitchen tables and park benches ideas are shared and moments are made. But food is also our connection to the Earth, through every bite of food we ingest the health of our soil…
…and this is quite literally, a grassroots movement.
The wide network of Food Practitioners who work in this space greatly ranges in scale and expertise. From community volunteers who bring food to the doorsteps of those in need, to national certification bodies and policy experts ensuring that everything is to the book.
It is the mission of the Farming the Future Fund to get these miracle workers, who come in all different shapes and sizes, to sail together.
We are mobilising because it is time. Recently we have been triggered because of Brexit and the Coronavirus, but also, preparing for the potential of a future with Climate Change, Over-population, Soil Erosion, and Biodiversity Decline.
Food is at the heart of these geopolitical events and global crises. Food is also a solution.
The Movement is made up of farmers, millers, investors, lawyers, journalists, activists, growers, butchers, and many others. But importantly, it is made up of people who care deeply.
People like you.
What Equity Means
At Farming the Future, we are committed to funding projects which advance equity in the agroecology movement. This means that we want to support projects that put fairness & justice at their core.
Food justice; ensuring we support diversity and inclusion within our work, the network, and society.
The sharing of funds and workload between partners more equitably, acknowledging and respecting the different capacities and capabilities of each partner within the collaboration.
The current dominant global and UK food system is extractive, built on the perpetuation the oppression of human and non-human beings. Its structures of power are opaque, and information is held in the hands of the few. To build a truly agroecological food system, Farming the Future recognises that this must change: infrastructures of oppression and extraction must be replaced with infrastructures of liberation and abundance; a culture of proprietary false solutions must be replaced with a culture of sharing and openness.
Farming the Future recognises that equity is a core value of a truly agroecological food system. Building equity into our food system ensures that:
Every being has access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food, and can participate fully in the food system
Farmers, food growers and producers and food workers have fair working conditions: that they are protected from long working hours, exposure to pesticides or bad weather condition; and that they have incomes that allow for dignity and wellbeing
There is access to the means of production (such as land, secure tenure, water), and access to financial capital (such as low cost loans or crowdfunding).
Diverse voices are equitably represented within the food and farming movement, and our network proactively seeks out, supports, and values them.
We hold within our community a space of inclusion, care and respect for non-human beings, who care for our soil, pollinate our crops, and manifest our ecosystems in their very beings.
The Steering Committee
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The Advisory Board
The fund was established through co-creation and It can only be successful through multistakeholder participation. The Fund actively learns from people who have first-hand experience of growing and selling food, working with marginalised communities, informing Policymakers, and being great at making sure everyone knows what’s going on.
The voice of the Movement is represented in the Executive Committee through four Advisors. Each were nominated by the Movement itself and will serve a term of one year.
Granville Community Kitchen
Deidre ‘Dee’ Woods is a food & farming actionist, Landworkers Alliance coordinating group member, and co-founder of Granville Community Kitchen in NW London. Dee is at the heart of holding Government and the regenerative farming movement to account by ensuring that social justice, racial equality, and gender parity, is engrained within the food system.
Vicki Hird is an award-winning author, expert, and strategist who has been working on environment , food, and farming issues for over 25 years. At Sustain, Vicki manages policy and related campaigning. Vicki regularly informs Government around farm policy issues and is a key policy commentator. She has run many campaigns over the years and has an academic background in pest management
Jyoti is an agroecological smallholder farmer. The farm runs a micro dairy and produces a wide range of products from cheese and meats to cider, juice and preserves. Jyoti coordinates the Policy, Lobbying and Campaigning work of the LWA, a statutory consultee to Defra and the British arm of the worldwide peasants’ organisation, Via Campesina.
Josiah is the CEO of Hodmedods, a business that works with British farmers to produce and market pulses and grains. Hodemedods are advocates of short and transparent supply chains for food system resilience and safety. It’s is Josiah’s belief that creating more diverse farming systems and diets are key to a healthier and more sustainable future.
The Value for Funders
The benefits of collaborating as Funders are many-fold:
We are able to support more organisations without watering down the impact.
The risk of working with new or small organisations is shared.
Knowledge is co-created and disseminated.
Duplicating workflows (by both potential grantees and funders) is avoided.
Organisations of extreme scales are funded, which may have been a challenge before.
The systemic impact is achieved through interconnected thinking.
"The funding support we received from Farming the Future has been of critical importance, through its capacity to strengthen the transformative work we are doing on measuring and valuing sustainability in food systems, not simply for its impact on strengthening the capacity of the project, which is valuable enough, but also because the support brings us closer to a constellation of like- minded organisations and funders who share a deep understanding of our mission and outcome objectives".