Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Takes Everyone!

Advocacy can lead to real change – but it takes all of us  to make it happen. At NSAC, we advocate for the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. The pages in this toolkit are meant to be a resource for those who want to lend their time, skills, and passion to join the movement.

Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you can make your voice heard. A call to your legislator’s office can put an issue on their radar, perhaps for the first time. An in-person visit, whether in D.C., in your community, or on your farm, can further connect the dots on  an issue that you care about. Even serving on a review board for federal grants is an opportunity to advance sustainable agriculture issues. In asking yourself how you can contribute, you’ve taken the first step toward making positive change.

Our toolkit has useful tips that you can start putting into practice. As you advocate, let us know how things go by sending an email to

  • Advocacy for beginners
  • Communicating with your member of Congress
  • Visiting your member of Congress
  • Speaking out in the media (letters, op-eds, and more)
  • Be a grant reviewer
  • Using social media for advocacy

We recognize that the policy making process can be opaque and confusing! Which is why we are creating a policy basics section of the toolkit, which will be live in a few months!