Through partnerships with local and national mainstream media outlets, FERN seeks to tell stories that will have lasting impact.

Grantee Profile

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is the first and still the only independent, nonprofit news organization in the U.S. that produces in-depth and investigative journalism in the critically underreported areas of food, agriculture, and environmental health. FERN functions as a full-service news organization and works with experienced reporters to produce impartial, unbiased, fact-based watchdog journalism with the aim of revealing corruption, exploitation, and abuses of power. FERN was established in 2011 and won a 2013 James Beard Award.

About Our Grants

In 2019, the Woodcock Foundation awarded FERN a one-year general operating grant in the amount of $100,000. These funds will support FERN’s efforts to conduct in-depth, investigative reporting to inform influencers and the public on key issues that affect the environment and our food system.