RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), based in Pittsboro, has an impressive project in the works. Growing Innovation will document 17 years of farmer innovation in North Carolina with an online library and printed book. These will be tools for farmers to share tips, advice and successes with other farmers, anywhere.
To help fund the project, RAFI has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Check it out to see a video about the project. If you donate, you’ll receive gifts, too! To promote the Kickstarter, RAFI is hosting two events, Feb. 27 at The City Tap in Pittsboro and March 19 at Steel String in Carrboro.
Since the start of RAFI’s Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund in 1997, it has helped finance more than 500 farmer-led projects across North Carolina. Projects have included innovative mobile farmers markets, heritage poultry breeding and heirloom vegetables, beef liver jerky, mozzarella cheesecakes, farm-to-school projects and wind-powered farms.