Rural America

The mis­sion of Rur­al Amer­i­ca In These Times is to make the issues that rur­al Amer­i­ca is grap­pling with part of nation­al dis­course. strives to over­come the exist­ing rur­al-urban divide. 

We seek to build bridges, facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fos­ter coop­er­a­tion between urban peo­ple who under­stand the val­ue of a healthy and sus­tain­able agri­cul­tur­al sys­tem, and the farm­ers in our rur­al com­mu­ni­ties that pro­vide food that we all eat.

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