From NYFC: “The California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship aims to support farmers of color in holding positions within governance bodies that affect their farms and communities. To assist farmers in successfully and sustainably filling these roles, farmer fellows will learn about the policy-making process and power-dynamics involved, gain skills in coalition-building, and more-fully draw from their internal, ancestral, and community power.”
“Farmers, particularly our young farmers of color, need the power to shape their conditions to work sustainably, live healthfully, and thrive. Though our country was founded by farmers, the increasing wealth gap between large, corporate farms and small and mid-size independent farms has drowned out the voices of the latter. Our country was also founded on the dehumanization and disenfranchisement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), the same people who tended, stewarded, or cultivated our agricultural lands. To shape policies such that they support all our farmers–our essential workers–we need to ensure farmers of color lead our agricultural policies and programs.”
Eisenhower Fellowships is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit international leadership organization with a distinguished history of providing mid-career U.S. leaders with a customized four-or-five week professional experience abroad. EF is chaired by former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates and governed by a diverse and distinguished board of trustees. Since 1989, more than 300 ascendant U.S. leaders have traveled abroad as part of this transformative program. The fellowship offers a unique opportunity for selected Fellows to travel abroad to reexamine, refocus, and reenergize their professional and leadership skills and to work on projects that will increase social impact in their communities.
Currently, EF is recruiting active farmer and ranchers for their 2020 Agriculture Program. Applications are due by Monday, October 14 at 9am — email email@example.com for materials.
If you’re between the ages of 21 and 31 and looking for an incredible opportunity to learn about urban farming, listen up! Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA is now accepting applications for its three-month fellowship program. Not only do you learn the ins and outs of growing delicious organic food in the city, but the program also incorporates social justice training, mindfulness, and progressive Jewish learning and living. No prior experience is needed.
Entering its 5th year of educating young farmers, the fellowship has a fee on a sliding scale between $600 and $3000, which includes housing, food, and all program-related expenses. There are opportunities in the spring, summer, and fall, but apply soon as spots fill up quickly.
Learn more by watching the video above and clicking HERE.
Maine Farmland Trust has announced its new Wang Fellowship in Food and Farming, named in honor of David and Cecile Wang, long-term advocates and supporters of agricultural justice. The fellowship is one year long and appears to be geared toward young professionals and academics with an activist streak, stating (albeit vaguely) that the fellow engage in substantive programming work at MFT.
Fellows are promised:
a “fully-equiped residential suite” in the town of Unity, ME
local food allowance
a $22,500 stipend for the year
vast networking opportunities in Maine’s vibrant sustainable agriculture community
The fellowship looks like a prestigious gig, and the qualifications are no joke. MFT is asking that, among other things, candidates have a documented history of high achievement in academic areas, a proven commitment to food and farming issues, and the potential to become a leader in the food and farming movement.
In 2016, applications are due April 1, with a selection made by no later than May 1. All finalists will be interviewed. Interested applicants should submit the following by April 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A resume or CV
A copy of your academic transcript from any post-secondary institutions you have attended
An essay of 600-1200 words outlining how you meet the qualifications listed above
An essay of 250-500 words describing a special project you would like to undertake and why
2-4 writing samples
3 references who can speak to your suitability for this fellowship
What: A holistic leadership development program for young North American faith leaders (we define “faith leader” broadly) who are exploring vocational issues focused in the areas of food justice, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and ecological resilience.
Why: There are too few leadership development opportunities for young faith leaders working on the issues posed by broken food systems, climate change, and ecological degradation, and yet these are issues that faith leaders and congregations need to confront head-on. Through this fellowship, the next generation of faith leaders will explore and deepen the inner resources needed to sustain their work. This program also provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to consider how they may further engage our pressing ecological issues, connect with other similarly committed leaders, and better tell the story of why this work matters for the life of congregations and people of faith.
Who: Young (age 40 and under) religious leaders who show exceptional promise. The 15 fellows selected will be people who already possess leadership experience in the program’s focal areas.
Where: At a quiet Franciscan retreat center in the North Carolina Piedmont, roughly 30 miles north of Greensboro, NC. The nearest airport is Piedmont Triad Int’l Airport (GSO). Volunteers from St. Francis Springs will shuttle people to and from the airport at no charge. Fellows will share a room with one other fellow. Single rooms are available for those who need special accommodations.
When: January 11 – 14, 2016. Fellows need to check in by 1pm on Monday, Jan. 11th and will be free to depart no earlier than the morning of Thursday, Jan. 14th. Fellows need to be present for the entire fellowship. Based on experience level and congruence with our program, several fellows will also be invited to lead a workshop at our annual five-day Food & Faith intensive retreat in June, which takes place in western North Carolina.
Every year the Switzer Foundation provides funding for 20 scholars and innovators in terminal graduate programs in New England and California. The scholarship is $15,000 for the course of a year for people doing work on sustainability, agriculture, urban development, and related fields/issues.
Their call of for applications says, “Candidates for the Fellowship should demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, be able to clearly communicate how they will apply their technical or professional expertise to environmental issues, and convey a clarity and sense of purpose about their work. Leadership qualities valued by the Switzer Foundation include a desire to work collaboratively and across disciplines, a commitment to applied environmental work, interest in developing leadership skills and an appreciation of the importance of networks. Candidates for the Switzer Fellowship are chosen not only for their excellence in academic and scientific or technical work, but also on their true dedication to aggressively pursue practical solutions to environmental problems.”
If this sounds like you or anyone your know, check out the application instructions HERE, and look at last year’s grantees HERE.