Missouri Rural Crisis Center
The Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is a statewide farm and rural membership organization founded in 1985 with over 5600 member families. MRCC started with a $10,000 grant from the first Farm Aid fundraising concert held in 1985 in Champaign, IL. It started with the ideals of supporting independent family farmers and rural communities.
While the challenges farm families and rural people are facing have changed over the last 38 years, MRCC continues to organize to preserve family farms and independent family farm livestock production, prevent environmental degradation, promote stewardship of the land, create affordable and accessible healthcare systems and defend justice and economic opportunity for both rural and urban communities.
Through Patchwork Family Farms, their low-income rural food cooperative program, and the Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri Project, MRCC now provides access to fresh, healthy food to thousands of Missourians while developing educational and training programs and opportunities for youth while building their base of members and supporters to support organizing and advocacy campaigns.