Rural Advancement Foundation International USA

The Rural Advancement Foundation International’s US mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI combines on-the-ground services with national and international policy advocacy in order to ensure that farmers have access to the tools they need to make the right choices for their farm and families, and to ensure that the best choice for farmers will also be the best choice for the environment and their communities. RAFI's vision is one where: family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income; everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society; air, water, and soil are preserved for future generations; the land yields healthy and abundant food and fiber that is accessible to all members of society; and the full diversity of seeds and breeds, the building blocks of agriculture, are reinvigorated and publicly protected.

Collaborating members of Rural Advancement Foundation International


Jean Willoughby - Project Director, Agricultural Reinvestment Fund 

Jean Willoughby serves as Project Director for the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, our cost-share grant program for innovative and entrepreneurial farmers. She also currently serves as Co-Project Director of a project funded by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, through which she created a new online resource for farmers, the Resourceful Farmer. Jean works closely with the Farm Sustainability Program staff on projects related to farmer training programs, farm finance and risk management education, and rural cooperative development. Prior to joining RAFI in 2012, she worked for a national environmental nonprofit. She holds a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University.


Joe Schroeder – Director, Farm Sustainability Program

Joe Schroeder has been with RAFI-USA for five years as a Field Coordinator and then as Director of the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund (TCRF). Previously, Joe spent a year with SEIU Local 880 as a union organizer in Chicago before moving back to his native Ohio River Valley to organize farmers and food entrepreneurs with Community Farm Alliance. Joe graduated from Earlham College with a BA in Economics in 2004. 

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