The Farmers Advocating for Organics (FAFO) fund provides a way for our cooperative's farmers to identify and support key issues facing the organic marketplace and organic agriculture. The organic farmers of CROPP Cooperative, who produce the high quality organic products for Organic Valley® and Organic Prairie®, voluntarily contribute to the fund on an annual basis, and a committee of CROPP farmers reviews proposals and decides how to distribute the funds.
The FAFO Farmer Committee accepts proposals from individuals and organizations seeking funding for particular projects or programs dedicated to furthering organic education, organic farming or product research, and organic advocacy.
Within this section of our Web site, you will find the FAFO granting criteria as well as guidelines for how to submit a proposal. To determine whether FAFO is the best granting program for your particular project, please carefully review our granting criteria before submitting your proposal.
"To gather voluntary contributions from CROPP members for a fund dedicated to protecting and promoting the organic marketplace by investing in organic research, education and advocacy. The fund will be distributed at the discretion of a committee of CROPP members to further develop organic farming methods and to strengthen and protect organic producers’ interests in the global marketplace."
Deadline for Full Grant pre-proposal is September 1 every year, with decisions announced by December 1.
Small grant requests (under $5,000) may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed two times per year, March 1 and September 1, with decisions announced within eight weeks.
If you have questions email farmerfund (at)organicvalley.coop.