Heifer USA

I've never worked harder in my life, but I've never been happier. Farmer Kerry Harrington

Working with groups of farmers who work together is Heifer’s strategy the world over. Our approach in the United States is based on the same foundation.

One in four Arkansans suffer from food insecurity. Unemployment rates are double than that of the nation. For small-scale farmers, it is difficult to reach customers while maintaining production in a sustainable way. And without local producers, families in rural areas could not afford ready access to healthy, nutritious food.

Kerry Herrington and Mary Bone
Arkansas farmers Kerry Herrington (left) and Mary Bone have worked with Heifer USA to bring fresh, healthy food to their communities.

The Heifer USA program is centered on building and reviving local food systems so that American farmers and families can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of their neighbors. We use a farmer-owned business model as our development approach while providing resources and technical support coordinated with local partners to create good farming jobs and sustain higher incomes.

This work is helping Arkansas farmers like Kerry Harrington and Mary Bone define thier own futures in farming.

Harrington is a member of the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, which Heifer helped launch in 2014. Harrington and her fellow farmers in Grass Roots, along with the farmers in the New South Produce Cooperative, grow fresh, local, GMO-free food that is sold in the state, nourishing families and improving local economies. And it’s making an impact for the farmers and the communities they serve.

When you support Heifer USA, you are helping farmers and their cooperatives:

  • Connect to markets
  • Access training and mentorship, which improves farming methods and increases production
  • Decrease production costs
  • Share marketing and distribution services
  • Access low-interest loans
  • Support the local food movement, keeping wealth within our communities

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Bone, while passionate about farming, was struggling as she began her mission to teach others how to grow food and live healthy lifestyles. It was through assistance and training from Heifer that she was able to reach more people and grow her business, which in turn encouraged her community to thrive.

Between 2014 and 2015, average farming revenue increased by $9,000 for New South members and by $35,000 for Grass Roots farmers. New South members have also donated more than 7,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to food pantries and shelters, ensuring families in need have access to healthy options.

Heifer USA food entrepreneurs and building food enterprises to address every link in the food value chain — from farm to table. Your support helps American farmers feed their families and their communities.

How to Get Involved

Donate to our Heifer USA program to help other farmers like Kerry.

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