Who we are
The Coalition represents a diverse group of stakeholders Including:
Virginia Tech, Penn State University, and NC State University
Beginning and Established Forest Farmers
State and Federal Government
The project is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and is supported in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Partners are located from Georgia to Pennsylvania. The team includes four non-governmental organizations (Appalachian Sustainable Development; Blue Ridge Woodland Growers; Rural Action; United Plant Savers), three universities (Virginia Tech; North Carolina State; Penn State), extension (Southern Regional Extension Forestry), three agency partners (National Agroforestry Center; Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry; and US Forest Service’s Southern Research Station), along with forest farmers and other key stakeholders.
• Advances the competitiveness of American agriculture
• Bolsters the U.S. economy
• Enhances the safety of the nation’s food supply
• Improves the nutrition and well-being of American citizens
• Sustains natural resources and the environment
• Builds energy independence
In partnership with other federal science agencies, NIFA also serves as a vital contributor to science policy decision-making. Visit nifa.usda.gov for more information.