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The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act – What It Means for Organic Farms

The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act – What It Means for Organic Farms

 

After twenty years of intense campaigning by farm worker advocates, the NYS Legislature passed S.6578 Ramos / A.8419 Nolan, the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act (in previous years known as the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act) and on June 18, 2019 Governor Cuomo quickly signed it into law. The passage of the bill was made possible by the new Democratic control of the NYS Senate as well as the Assembly which has passed similar bills year after year. The NY Farm Bureau vociferously opposed the bill, declaiming that the requirement for time and half overtime pay would wreck farming in the state. Farmworkers hailed the passage as a victory for basic labor rights and fairness. As organic farmers, we salute the justice of finally ending the exclusion of farmworkers from labor protections and acknowledge their freedom of association.  We appreciate the legislative process, including lengthy public hearings where many farmers and farmworkers were able to express their views, and the resulting compromises, while far from perfect, are at least steps in the right direction. Until farmers can afford to pay living wages and full health and retirement benefits to farm workers (and to themselves), we will not have a farming system that is truly worth sustaining.

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AJP/NOFA Field Day at Soul Fire Farm

AJP/NOFA Field Day at Soul Fire Farm

“If I’m not attending to the unhealthy in my relations, I’m contributing to the unhealth of the soil.” - Damaris Miller

 

“Building your Farm Team to Build Healthier Soil,” the field day at Soul Fire Farm, focused on communication strategies on the farm, building healthy soil, and the mutual support between the two. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), Soul Fire Farm and the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) teamed up to conduct this well-attended and successful field day on October 21 at the farm in Grafton, New York. 

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Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration

Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the third in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got more field days coming up this fall – learn more here!

Host Farm: Norwich Meadows Farm
Location: Norwich, NY
Date: August 21, 2019

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Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration was held on Wednesday, August 21 at Norwich Meadows Farm in Norwich, New York. The Field Day was hosted by Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows and Michael Mazourek, vegetable breeder at Row 7 Seeds and professor at Cornell University. Presenters also included Kristen Loria (Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Masters student), Greg Inzinna (Vegetable Co-Breeder at Cornell), and Paul Loomis (Farmer Marketing Coordinator with NOFA-NY).

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Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming at Kingbird Farm

Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming at Kingbird Farm

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the second in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got more field days coming up in September and October – learn more here!

Host Farm: Kingbird Farm
Location: Richford, NY
Date: July 22, 2019

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Peak Season at Sang Lee Farms

Peak Season at Sang Lee Farms

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the first in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got many more field days coming up in July and August – learn more here!

Host Farm: Sang Lee Farms
Location: Peconic, New York
Date: May 22, 2019

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