Meet Laura, Farm Aid’s program manager

Laura Brookshire


I joined the Farm Aid team in late August of 2016. Before Farm Aid, I worked in agricultural economic development in local government, owned a small farm in North Carolina and studied sustainable agriculture, food systems and nonprofit administration. I am beyond thrilled and honored to serve as Farm Aid’s Program Manager. I have the privilege of working with the dozens of food and farm organizations across the country that participate in our grant program.


Since the first concert in 1985, Farm Aid has granted over $22 million to more than 300 organizations. That amounts to over 2,000 grants given! These grants strengthen the viability of family farming in America by helping farmers thrive, growing the good food movement, or taking action to change the agricultural system to one that is more supportive of family farming. Our grantees are on-the-ground partners, and we rely on them to keep us informed of, and inspired by, the work being done for and by family farmers.

Our grantees are on-the-ground partners.

This past fall was my first time involved in Farm Aid’s grant review process. I was so inspired and humbled by all of the work highlighted in the proposals we received. For the 2016 grant cycle, more than $500,000 was granted to 79 organizations in 35 states and Washington, DC. Each year, the Farm Aid concert allows us to meet new organizations in the concert region who then become first-time grantees. For 2016, the concert region included Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. We are so excited about our new partnerships and the work these organizations are doing! I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of them.


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