We believe that the heart of sustainable agriculture is in the integrity of the farmer. The Farmer’s Pledge is a commitment to a broad set of farming principles that address labor issues, production practices, community values, and marketing. To further enable consumers to identify the farms they want to support with their food dollars, NOFA-NY has established for its member farmers The Farmer’s Pledge, a separate and distinct program from USDA Certified Organic.
This pledge is based on the integrity of the farmer and seeks to describe sustainable practices in a document that both certified growers and growers that use agro-ecological systems can attest is an accurate description of how they farm. It serves as a bridge for consumers and farmers alike to better know the people that work diligently to create healthy communities and local food security. Farmers who adhere to the Pledge sign the Pledge annually, which they may display for customers.
Those who sign this Pledge agree that customers may inspect the farm by appointment to ascertain if the farmer is adhering to the Pledge. NOFA-NY does not investigate or make any guarantee that the individual farmer is complying with The Farmer’s Pledge. If a customer visits a farm and believes the farmer is not honoring the Pledge, the customer may write the Executive Director of NOFA-NY to register a complaint. In 2001, the USDA created a National Organic Program, which defined and regulated the agricultural uses of the word organic through a set of national organic standards. Therefore, taking this Pledge does not entitle a farmer to represent their products as organic. However, NOFA-NY believes that certified organic farmers and farmers that sign the Farmer’s Pledge have far more in common than they have differences. We should never forget that humanity’s seed stock and growing practices are the result of farmers sharing seeds, knowledge, values, farmer-tested innovations and agricultural science over thousands of years.
Please note: In order to avoid any unnecessary charges, your application fee will not be processed until your pending application is approved. Thank you for your interest in the Farmer's Pledge!
For more information about NOFA-NY, please visit our website at nofany.org.
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