Our Programs

RFN’s goal of feeding the Northeast 30% of the foods grown in the region by 2030 (#30×30) is an audacious goal, but we believe it’s achievable; so our startup and support programs will help communities, producers, and logistics providers learn, understand, and embrace the value of locally-grown, regeneratively-raised, resiliently-distributed eats.

RFN’s goal of feeding the Northeast 30% of the foods grown in the region by 2030 (#30×30) is an audacious goal, but we believe it’s achievable; so our startup and support programs will help communities, producers, and logistics providers learn, understand, and embrace the value of locally-grown, regeneratively-raised, resiliently-distributed eats.

Farmer's Startup Packages

Are you considering starting a farm? Great! America needs people willing to give themselves to the land and their rural communities.

If you’re ready to move past consideration and on to commitment, RFN is here to help. We want to assist you in launching a farm that’s productive and profitable for you for a long time, through good times and bad. We think that farming with regenerative practices is key to that kind of success, and we’re willing to put our money behind that belief in a close partnership with you through the formative years of your enterprise.

Regenerative Transition Assistance

Let’s take some pressure off: No. You can’t be fully regenerative tomorrow. Not next week or even next year. No one expects you to be. It’s a process and it takes time and resources.

But if you’re committed to renewing your soils and producing better foods and outcomes for the Northeast region, RFN stands with you. Our Regenerative Transition Assistance Program is designed to help you understand and navigate the necessary changes, and ease the economic and ecological challenges that come with transitioning.

Regenerative Transition Assistance

Let’s take some pressure off: No. You can’t be fully regenerative tomorrow. Not next week or even next year. No one expects you to be. It’s a process and it takes time and resources.

But if you’re committed to renewing your soils and producing better foods and outcomes for the Northeast region, RFN stands with you. Our Regenerative Transition Assistance Program is designed to help you understand and navigate the necessary changes, and ease the economic and ecological challenges that come with transitioning.

On-farm Renewable Energy

The blue sky above your grazing land is good as gold for reducing energy costs, increasing energy resilience and security, or simply generating additional income.

We are partnering with Grassroots Solar to help you design the right renewable energy solution for your farm. We’ll walk you through the various options (i.e., rooftop solar, land leases, ownership in solar grazing or community solar programs, and the ability to purchase/share renewable energy from some of our off-site community projects, etc.), and we offer financing for most of these projects.

Education

Whether your goal is understanding all the Ins-and-Outs of regenerative practices, staying up-to-date on what’s going on in the Northeast food system, or learning how your food affects you and your community, stay tuned to RFN’s website and events calendar.

We are engaging as broadly as we can to deliver educational resources throughout the region on relevant topics and current events. We want you to understand the “big picture”, too, and easily find a way to get involved in reshaping your future food system.

Education

Whether your goal is understanding all the Ins-and-Outs of regenerative practices, staying up-to-date on what’s going on in the Northeast food system, or learning how your food affects you and your community, stay tuned to RFN’s website and events calendar.

We are engaging as broadly as we can to deliver educational resources throughout the region on relevant topics and current events. We want you to understand the “big picture”, too, and easily find a way to get involved in reshaping your future food system.

Food Access and Justice

Efficient markets are an ideal, but recent history has shown that markets that seek hyper-efficiency do so by widening the margins they don’t serve. When it comes to access to the essentials of life, like clean water and healthy food, providing acceptable options across the entire consumer spectrum is not optional.

Justice demands a balance, and to achieve that RFN is working with the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to address the food access issues of the rural Northeast.