Equity Action Plan

Draft plan created March 2021 in follow up to RHFS Board participation in an “Uprooting Racism in the Food System” workshop with Soul Fire Farm. Review and feedback of this plan were provided by their staff.

20212022Future Possibilities
Prioritize beginning, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged vendors and their products. Goal to recruit at least 5-10 BIPOC vendors.Create a register roundup program that gives 100% of customer donations to the selected recipients, with BIPOC-led or focused food projects being recipients at least 3 months out of the year.Explore Food Justice Certification through the Agricultural Justice Program.
Offer sponsorship & worktrade application for membership fees to all beginning, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged vendors.Hire the Guarden LLC to facilitate a diversity and inclusion workshop for all board and staff members.Organize mobile farmers’ markets in low-income neighborhoods.
Create 3-4 new jobs with living wages. A) Salaried manager position with paid time off and health care stipend, B) 2-3 Store Associate positions $15/hour plus tips with flexible hours and worker’s compensation.Add health care stipends and paid time off for all full time Store Associates.Expand farm to school initiatives.
Accept SNAP benefits and develop a SNAP double up food bucks program.Create a project committee to focus on improving policies and programs to address equity issues.Create a grant program to help area farmers to adopt new ecological practices, access additional land, expand season extension, or gain professional development experience. Prioritize beginning, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged applicants.
Launch online platform to connect institutional food buyers with small local farmers.Work to recruit at least 2 BIPOC representatives and at least 2 women to serve on the Board of Directors.Provide training opportunities for other communities in Indiana that want to open a Farm Stop. Offer workshops free of charge to BIPOC led groups.
Invite BIPOC experts to lead at least 30% of workshops that take place at the Rose Hill Farm Stop. Pay all workshop facilitators a $100 stipend for their time. Organize at least 2 programs or events to be led in a language other than English.Organize a study group to work through the National Young Farmer Coalition Racial Equity Toolkit.
Invite BIPOC musicians to perform at all Rose Hill Farm Stop events. Pay all performers a stipend for their time.Work with Monroe County Community School Corporation, Purdue Extension, and City of Bloomington to organize a series of farm to school field trips and local food taste test events.
Renovate building for ADA accessibility and all gender bathrooms.
Provide paid time for all full time staff to complete Soul Fire Uprooting Racism in the Food System workshop.
By opening, set-up store decision making and budget management systems to be transparent and easily accessible for all members, staff, and board representatives to review and submit input or feedback.
By opening, setup a system to collect anonymous feedback from vendors and customers throughout the year. Make sure vendors know they are welcome to attend all Board meetings. Conduct end of year 1 surveys in December to gather feedback and input from all vendors and customers. Include questions requesting suggestions for improving equity and inclusion. 
Use social media and website to co-promote member farms and other local food outlets around Bloomington.