Dear Friends,


I was blown away by the outpouring of generosity from people who deeply care about the best food and best farms across the country — last week on Giving Tuesday Cornucopia exceeded the one-day fundraising record we set in 2017. Seeing all the online donations come in was a big morale boost for our entire staff— we are humbled!

This is the second year we have a challenge grant from the same family foundation (doubling your contributions).

With about a dozen staff members here at Cornucopia, it’s exciting for us to connect with all of the passionate advocates across the country who join with us in this work morally and financially.

From all of us—a huge THANK YOU!

Like my decades-long friend, Cornucopia’s cofounder Will Fantle, said last year after setting the aforementioned record: “They may have the lobbyists, but we have the people power!”

It’s important to remember that we’re part of a movement, the good food movement. In this spirit, I want to share with you a few of the comments that Cornucopia members (both long-time and new) wrote with their donations:

“We are a retailer of natural foods and admire your work. Please keep it up!”
William, California member

“Some people have dogs and cats for pets; we have dairy cows. Every effort has been made to retain nature’s purity and goodness and to block out the constant increase of radiation and chemicals in the environment. We are so grateful to The Cornucopia Institute for continuing to fight the good fight and defending real food production.”
– Mike and Tibby, Idaho members

“I have always been grateful for the family farmer who uses organic practices.  I am concerned about the planet and the health of its people.  Thank you to the Cornucopia Institute and all organic farmers who really make a difference.”
– Shaun, Nevada member

“You guys do terrific work!  Thanks for supporting family farms and understanding their true worth.”
– Claudia, Maryland member

“I have been an organic farmer for over 31 years. Thanks for your support for the environment and for healthy food!”
– Carole Anne, Arkansas member

“Thank you for all you do to protect the organic integrity of our food! Your scorecards are incredibly helpful as a consumer of organic foods!”
– Gary, Wisconsin member

“Your work is absolutely essential to keeping our food honest and clean!”
– Lisa, Pennsylvania member

I know you care about local and organic food and farms, so if you’re not yet a member, please join us. Or, if you are a member, we hope you’ll consider an extra gift at this time. And, please encourage your friends and family to join us by forwarding this message! Their membership will directly support policy efforts, legal challenges to corruption, and the informative marketplace work that defends authentic organic and local food and farming. Plus they will receive action alerts and a quarterly hardcopy newsletter full of cutting-edge original content from our highly qualified staff.

In gratitude for your support,

Mark A. Kastel

P.S. If you didn’t have a chance to donate on Giving Tuesday, I hope you’ll start this festive month off by making a donation today, in any amount, to defend the integrity of organic food in support of family-scale farmers. And it’s a convenient time to shift your giving, at your option to a sustainable, monthly gift. Please leave us a comment on the donate page—we read them all!

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