Seeds, Soil & Culture
In all corners of our beautiful planet, there are smallholder women and men farmers who sow and conserve local seeds, and manage their land as a living soul. They grow their crops with hard work, trust in traditional knowledge, and belief in deeply-rooted spiritual values. The Seeds, Soil, and Culture fund supports these Earth stewards via organizations that prioritize local farming knowledge, promote local culture, and equitably support women and men.
Seeds, Soil, and Culture grants support farmers who bring their culture to the forefront, who illustrate how their beliefs, values, language, ethics, art, music, cuisine, ways of learning, and traditional farming practices embody agroecology at its best, who recognize that the spiritual unseen can fruitfully bridge living soils with living seeds on the farm.
The Seeds, Soil, and Culture fund is managed by RSF Social Finance. New Field Foundation is an Advisor to the fund. As Advisor, New Field recommends Seeds, Soil, and Culture grants for organizations with progressive leadership, skilled staff, solid management structures, good communication and accounting systems, adequately funded programs, capacity to leverage other funds, and work that exemplifies the holistic approach of agroecology in practice.