About Our Program
Seed2Shirt Farmer Enrichment program is the culmination of efforts dedicated and centered on the empowerment of marginalized people leading to the rebuilding of community and countering systems of inequity. The Farmer Enrichment Program empowers black, indigenous people of color (BIPOC) farmers—particularly cotton farmers in US and Africa to earn a livable wages, gain training, grow resources and positively impact the global apparel production supply chain.
At Seed2Shirt we live by the pillars of our firm. The 4-Pillars that are the essence of our brand and is what drives us every day, is what we call our 4-P’s of our operations and work: People first | Profit for Good | Programs that support and improve livelihoods, by creating Products that matter.
Our apparel line does not start with just a concept and design it starts in the field with farmers working within regional land environments producing food and commodities.
Farm Tools Program
We provide tools and supplies needed to successfully and accessibly flourish as farmers.
Farmer Tool Initiative (People & Resources), supply through our tool provision program the tools necessary to support small-scale cotton farming in the villages we support. Goals objectives to identify type/need for tool, understand current or future tool support deployment programs, to develop the proper loan-to-own model. We will then work tool, partners/sponsors to supply (per harvest) supporting tools via our: loan-to-own model program the tools necessary to safely harvest, collect, store cotton yield. Annually and quarterly we will address farmers’ needs and identify our models of deployment/support has met the needs of the farmers who’re participating in the program.
We aim to open doors for women through resources and opportunities they wouldn’t naturally have access to.
Woman & Youth Farming Resources (Heritage & Our Future), women and the youth play a significantly increased role in farming operations across the globe and in particular in African countries. This can often times mean limited resources for the youth to be exposed to critical farming best practices and support to the parents to balance the need for help on the farm, education, and training for their children in agricultural trades. Our youth farming and training opportunities will support the parents with employing in best practices for youth working on the farm like youth 4H programs. Our team works with industry experts to offer workshops and hands-on resources that support how the small-hold farmers will implement these models of training into their farm; which will not only support youth working on the farm; as well as assist their parents in preserving their farming heritage.
Some say, we only have 20 harvests left. Our cotton farmers in Africa and the U.S. are facing extreme soil issues causing an impact to yield. Our Soil Science enhancement program works with farmers getting support, education, and resources on their soil.
Regenerative farming training (Land & Environment), in a partnership with village/community, local and regional leaders, supporters-sponsors who’ll offer best practices resources that are based on current leading small hold, land sovereignty environmental models that support the environmentally restorative agroecology models of farming through our offered hands-on work-shops. Improve organic cotton production yields and
increasing soil organic matter of farm plots is an ultimate goal.
We are devoted to sustainability and in essence, that means making sure that black farmers can not only thrive independently succeed, and build into the future.
Training The Farmer Enrichment Program consists of hands-on training. Conducted in an: In-person, augmented by digital-virtual delivery in order to maximize delivery to participants. Our program training modules Include 6 modules taught throughout the year, which includes evaluations and improved outcomes to help us achieve our “positive impact goals”.
Make A Pledge
Taking a pledge means being a part of the global change within the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Aside from a percentage of orders fueling the program we also accept other forms of support; donations & paid premium subscriptions. Your support expands the Seed2Shirt Farmer Enrichment program for African/African-American cotton farmers and our production facility growth.
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Be a recurring contributor through monthly or annual donations and receive exclusive content and gear.
Your donations are 100% tax deductible, as we’re proud to have an amazing fiscal sponsor of our Farmer Enrichment Program that allows all this to be possible – Peoples Foundation CCMVS. So, you’ll receive end of year tax donation form for your donation. From the shirt on your back to you giving back, we create the full circle options for you to have maximum impact to the farmers we serve.
Partners in the U.S. & Africa
Peoples Foundation CCMVS is a proud partner/fiscal agent supporting the goals of the Seed2Shirt – Farmer Enrichment Program…because it’s our “Goal is to BE the change we want to see in this world through our mission to provide Responsive, Empowering, Actionable Lasting (REAL) change to our community.”
Seed2Shirt selection as a participant in FiberShed regional fiber manufacturing initiative (RFMI) who supports “Developing regenerative textile systems that are based on carbon farming, regional manufacturing, and public education.” We are proud participants in this initiative as it meets our business and program goals of a soil-to-soil approach of apparel production and focus on community.
Our small-hold farmer business training partner. Their mission…”Is to assist small-holder farmers to actively participate in the South African agricultural sector. SPROUTing Hope, Nurturing Communities.”
We’re proud partners with one of the top organic cotton production countries in West Africa -Burkina Faso, for cotton source and small-scale farmer support -with full scale empowerment programs throughout all eight (8) cotton producing zones in the country. Our program empowers farmers to grow organically, sell more, and retain their land. This program enhances diversity and solidarity in the global supply chain. Our training and pragmas include: Program Soil Training – Smallhold Farmer Business Training and much more “
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