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Outreach Contractor, Sustainable Food and Farming - Northeast


Request for Proposal

This position is a non-employee role for short-term contract work.

A. Statement of Purpose

Earthjustice is seeking an outreach consultant who will help identify and engage with local organizations and communities throughout the East Coast on food and farm policy reform. The consultant’s engagement will begin as soon as possible and run through the end of summer 2018, and the project will have a maximum budget of $50,000 for time and expenses. Proposals should be submitted by March 2, 2018. Further directions on submitting proposals can be found below.

B. Background Information

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We represent, free of charge, hundreds of organizations, from large environmental and health groups to local community and advocacy organizations on the front-line of environmental challenges.

Improving agricultural sustainability and the production and availability of safe and healthy food, while recognizing real agricultural challenges and seeking also to support rural communities, is a tough advocacy challenge for Earthjustice and others seeking a cleaner environment and healthier food system. A core part of our mission is to work more closely with those most immediately affected by the challenges of industrial farming– farmers seeking to act sustainably, farmworkers affected by agricultural policy, rural and urban communities impacted by agricultural pollution, and those with inadequate access to healthy, safe, and affordable food. We seek to engage more with such organizations and individuals.

For years, federal farm policy has been determined by a small number of influential companies, largely agro-industrial ones, and interests, with the result being that policy largely favors continued consolidation and industrialization of agriculture. Despite the tremendous impact of federal agriculture policy on all producers, residents of rural and urban communities, and others, few other organizations participate in shaping this policy. Earthjustice is now seeking a consultant to help us identify and connect with organizations and communities with promising, creative approaches to nutrition and farm policy reform—including those that have not yet engaged on policy on the national stage. Specifically, we would like to engage with groups that have a stake in the 2018 Farm Bill, as well as selected state efforts (see resources below). Ideally, the consultant will be someone with an established history of engagement and relationship-building with local groups in the region.

C. Tasks to be Accomplished

Task 1: Identify, meet with, and help build relationships with local groups and communities.

The primary objective of this project is to engage with local groups and communities that have a stake in agriculture policy and that might bring creative approaches to national policy reform. Possible groups may include food justice and climate justice organizations, farm worker coalitions, and other local organizations, especially those with a focus on sustainable agriculture and/or access to safe and nutritious food. As noted above, the consultant ideally should have experience building relationships with local groups, and already have a history of engagement with these groups and other relevant constituencies.

Task 2: Develop a draft report on groups who are or could be active on farm policy and their needs and issues of interest.

The consultant will draft a report based on her/his research and conversations with local stakeholder groups. The report will include:

  • Information on which groups are or could be active on farm policy.
  • Issues and topics that are of interest to those groups.
  • Relevant areas of unmet need for local communities.
  • Identification of issues that are most likely to compel a broader, more diverse group of stakeholders to greater engagement on farm policy reform.

Timeline: Finalized work plan by March 30, 2018. Begin engagement with groups and communities March 2018. Draft report by July 27, 2018, to be submitted for review by representatives of organizations that regularly engage in Farm Bill advocacy. The final report will be synthesized with an internal Earthjustice policy study.

Summary of Deliverables:

  1. Finalized work plan.
  2. Draft and final reports as described above.
  3. Weekly summary of activities and at least bi-weekly conference calls.

D. Contract Details

  • Contract Period: The contract is to begin as soon as possible and end August 1, 2018.
  • Payment: Please provide an estimate for fees and expenses. Combined fees and expenses for the project should not exceed $50,000.
  • Contractual Terms and Conditions: Earthjustice will contract with consultant reflecting standard consultant provisions.

E. How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit the following no later than Friday, March 2 to

  1. An outline of your proposed approach, which describes how you will carry out the tasks outlined above. Project descriptions in this document should be treated as guidelines, and creative approaches are welcomed.
  2. A summary of your recent and relevant projects.
  3. A firm estimate of the fees to be charged and an estimate of expenses that would be incurred.
  4. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals at three nonprofit organizations who have been your clients during the last eighteen months and whom we can contact as references.

We will hold interviews with finalists in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please email them to


Many thoughtful organizations have developed proposals for food and farm policy reform. While these do not reflect the views of Earthjustice, they provide some flavors of the issues to be addressed:

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Environmental Working Group

National Wildlife Federation

Arabella Advisors

Urban School Food Alliance


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