For the second consecutive year, Tillamook County Creamery Association is pushing forth with its All For Farmers initiative, which helps support farmers facing financial hardship across the country. This year, the 112-year-old farmer-led and owned dairy co-operative is building upon it with the All For Farmers Coalition, a group of like-minded partners joining TCCA to raise awareness of the issues that farmers face and to help amplify fundraising efforts.
The 2021 All For Farmers program will again benefit American Farmland Trust and their Brighter Future Fund grant program, which was established in 2020 as a result of a $1.6 million donation from TCCA. In addition to the funds raised through the coalition, TCCA will also commit a total of $500,000 to underwrite the grant program over the next two years.
To amplify the All For Farmers effort, TCCA has partnered with Food52, an award-winning kitchen and home brand. Beginning today, consumers nationwide can shop the All For Farmers Market, a curated collection featuring some of Food52’s most popular brands. At least 10 percent of the proceeds from all Market items will go directly to AFT, including 100 percent of proceeds from the exclusive co-branded Tillamook X Five Two All For Farmers apron. The All For Farmers Market also includes handcrafted food items, cooking and serveware, and entertaining essentials perfect for this fall and holiday season. Food52 Resident Samantha Seneviratne also lends her culinary talents to the campaign, sharing how to make an Autumn Vegetable Tian with Tillamook® Farmstyle Sharp Cheddar Shreds.
Along with Food52, additional brands and partners supporting and amplifying the campaign include Bee’s Wrap, Bob’s Red Mill, CapaBunga, Diaspora Co., Estelle Colored Glass, Just Date Syrup, Kodiak Cakes, Olympia Provisions, Vox Media, FleishmanHillard, 72andSunny, Assembly, and HAUS. Additional partners will be added throughout 2022.
“At TCCA, we recognize it takes all types of farms — from small to large and from coast to coast — for the U.S. food system to thrive at its fullest. We created the All For Farmers initiative as part of our commitment to do right by the future of farming,” said Patrick Criteser, TCCA President and CEO. “This year, coalition partners are also coming on board to show their support and to join us in taking a stand for farmers across the nation.”
There are several ways to support the All For Farmers campaign and raise funds for AFT:
- Shop the Food52 Resident-curated All For Farmers Market on Food52.com through December 31, 2021, by visiting Food52.com
- Donate directly to AFT’s Brighter Future Fund by visiting AllForFarmers.com
- Purchase a limited-time only shirt or Baggu tote from the Tillamook Creamery visitors center in Tillamook, Ore., Tillamook Market at Portland International Airport or Tillamook.com/Shop, and 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to AFT
The AFT Brighter Future Fund awarded 130 grants to farmers in 25 states in 2020. Ninety-six percent of the 2020 grant recipients come from underrepresented populations in the farming community, including female, non-binary, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and beginning farmers. The 2021 All For Farmers campaign and new coalition partners will enable AFT to continue the Brighter Future Fund for at least two more years with a goal of raising $1 million for at least 150 grants per year to enhance viability, access to land, and increase resilience.
TCCA’s farmer-owners believe that caring for cows and farms, for people and products, and for the community and the environment is not just about smart business, but also about staying true to the co-op’s do right values, the cooperative says.