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Fair From Farm to Retail, 2018 – 2020

By Elizabeth Henderson When asked what impact the changes they made as a result of this project have had, a farmer wrote: “More employee buy in, less stress around Covid since people can afford to be sick.” “Fair from Farm to Retail,” a joint project of the Agricultural Justice Project and the Northeast Organic Farming […]

Getting Real About Organic Integrity

by Steve Gilman Interstate NOFA Policy Coordinator Although Interstate NOFA’s policy agenda stretches from soil health and food system justice to GMOs and the implementation of food safety regulations with numerous issues in between, here in the dawn’s early light of a new decade the Policy Committee is dealing more than ever with multiple challenges […]

Comments on Proposed Changes to H-2A Program

Comments on Proposed Changes to H-2A Program Adele Gagliardi Administrator, Office of Policy Development and Research Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-5641 Washington, DC 20210 Re: Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States RIN 1205-AB89 Dear Ms. Gagliardi, Thank you for this opportunity to […]

Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support a Green New Deal

“De-carbonize the Atmosphere, Re-carbonize the Soil!”(Jim Goodman, inspired by La Via Campesina) By Elizabeth Henderson “For Sale” signs have replaced “Dairy of Distinction” on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980’s that never really went away has resurfaced with a vengeance. In 2013, aggregate […]

Implementing Fair Practices On Our Farms

Working together, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) and NOFA—one of AJP’s four founding members—are launching a project to support the organic farming community in addressing our shared social justice values while striving for dignified living careers for farmers, our families, & the workers on our farms. Support our mutual efforts toward achieving a fair and […]

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Statement of Support for Migrant Justice Lawsuit

From the Northeast Organic Farming Association Interstate Council November 20, 2018 Over the past two years, NOFA members have observed with indignation the series of arrests in Vermont and New York of dairy farmworkers who have the courage to take action to improve working and living conditions on farms in these states. NOFA stands in […]

2018 Farm Bill Update:

Because our dysfunctional Congress did not pass or extend the Farm Bill by the Sept 30th deadline, the 2014 bill has expired. Most programs will cease to operate sooner or later but the details of each program’s termination depends on how they are funded: The two programs that make up nearly 90% of all farm […]