54th Annual Meeting & 20th Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Ceremony

We are celebrating 54 years of our work, memories, and progress in the development of the Federation serving Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives and limited resource rural communities across the South. This year's theme is Build Back Cooperatively: Retooling for a New Economy. 

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This year’s Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient!

Honoring Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership as president for 45 years, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children's Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. 

During a year marked with uncertainty and challenges from a global pandemic, the resilience, strength and commitment of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund to its members and communities shine through.

Member Scholarships Available! 
For more information, contact your local office listed at the bottom of the page

Upcoming Events

  •  Mrs. Mattie Mack Pretty Hat Prayer Breakfast & Membership Meeting!
    Aug 21, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
    Virtual Conference
    On Saturday, August 21, we will begin with a Prayer Breakfast at 9:30AM(EDT) followed by a Business Meeting including reports from the Board of Directors, Executive Director and a meeting of our state caucuses of cooperatives.
  • Friday Panel Discussion- 54th Annual Meeting
    Fri, Aug 20
    Virtual Conference
    Aug 20, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Virtual Conference
    Join us for a series of workshops and demonstrations on Agriculture, Forestry and Sustainable Family Farm Development. There will also be workshops on Land Retention and Mediation Strategies; Cooperative and Credit Union Development. Virtual tours of the Federation’s forestry and agroforestry
  • 54th Annual Meeting  & 20th Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Ceremony
    Aug 19, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
    Virtual Conference
    Scholarships Available for Members!

Thursday, Aug 19th
We are excited to present the 20th Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award to a deserving recipient dedicated to amplifying and serving our mission and vision. More details to come!

In lieu of a physical table, accompanied by a plated meal, we are requesting sponsorship/support in the form of VIRTUAL tables. Each virtual table will be accompanied by 25 lbs. food boxes that will be delivered to families disproportionately impacted by covid-19 pandemic and other economic challenges. 

Friday, Aug 20th
Join us for a series of workshops and demonstrations on Agriculture, Forestry and Sustainable Family Farm Development. There will also be workshops on Land Retention and Mediation Strategies; Cooperative and Credit Union Development. Virtual tours of the Federation’s forestry and agroforestry.

Saturday, Aug 21st
On Saturday, August 21, we will begin with a Prayer Breakfast at 9:30 AM (EDT) followed by a Business Meeting including reports from the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and a meeting of our state caucuses of cooperatives.  (Limited to network and members).
 

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BUILD BACK COOPERATIVELY 

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Feed a Family Battling Food Insecurity During the Global Pandemic

Family farmers and rural communities tend to suffer disproportionately in times of disaster and economic hardship. Rural communities have less developed infrastructure, greater distance between people & services, and fewer resources. The greatest needs in times of peril are the need for food water and shelter. Farmers cooperatives, rural communities, and community-based organizations usually are there to assist and should be recognized as first responders to meet these needs. You can donate a food box to a local family battling food insecurity during this global pandemic. Every $100 TICKET will cover the cost and delivery of a food box to an impacted family.