Farmer's Pledge

The Farmer’s PledgeTM is a commitment by farmers to farming that assures healthy food, strong local economies, fair working conditions and wages, humane treatment of animals, and care of the land. This is an annual program and you must be a member of NOFA-NY to participate.

The Farmer’s PledgeTM cost is $120, which includes a one-year NOFA-NY Membership. If you are already a current member of NOFA-NY, the cost is $75. If you are already a certified organic farm, the cost is just $25. More info is at www.nofany.org/farmerspledge.

If you have questions, please contact Paul Loomis, Organic Markets and Beginning Farmer Coordinator, at (315) 988-4000 x520 or paul@nofany.org.

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Application Information

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If yes, please provide the following information to be included in the Guide:
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Want to list specific crops and products in our guide? Add them below. Please review our 2019 Product Suggestions and enter the products you offer below, each separated by a comma (,). Please do your best to match our text format, which is based on the NOP Organic Integrity Taxonomy. This is not an exhaustive list, so if you see something missing, let us know.
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To further enable consumers to identify the farms they want to support with their food dollars, NOFA-NY established The Farmer's Pledge, a separate and distinct program from USDA Certified Organic. This pledge is based on the integrity of the farmer. It seeks to describe sustainable practices in a document that both certified organic 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 agriculturists that struggle to create healthy communities, local food security and food sovereignty.
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Farmers who adhere to the Pledge sign the Pledge annually, which they may display for their customers. Those who sign this Pledge agree that customers may inspect the farm by appointment to judge 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.
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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 the 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 hold this principle inviolable. 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.
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Farmer's Pledge members support the following production values:

• Build and maintain healthy soils by applying farming practices that include rotating crops annually, using compost, cover crops, green manures, and reducing tillage.

• Serve the health of soil, people and nature by rejecting the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers.

• Reject the use of GMOs, chemically treated seeds, synthetic toxic materials, irradiation, and sewage sludge in our farming, and all synthetic substances in post harvest handling.

• Treat livestock humanely by providing pasture for ruminants, access to outdoors and fresh air for all livestock, banning cruel alterations, and using no hormones, GMOs or antibiotics in feed.

• Handle raw manure and soil amendments with care.

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Farmer's Pledge members support the following processing & marketing values:

• Maximize the nutritional value of food and feed by practicing careful post harvest handling.

• Practice minimal processing for all food products to preserve the natural nutritional value of food: NO use of irradiation, ultra-pasteurization, excessive heat, synthetic preservatives, or GMO processing agents or additives and include all ingredients on labels.

• Ensure food safety by using potable water for washing crops.

• Support agricultural markets and infrastructures that enable small farms to thrive.

• Reduce food miles by selling produce locally and regionally.

• Use ethical business practices.

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Farmer's Pledge Members support the following conservation values:

• Conserve natural resources including the atmosphere and climate by reducing erosion and pollution of air, soil and water through responsible farming practices.

• Reduce the ecological footprint of farms and homes by limiting energy use and converting to renewable sources of energy.

• Create beneficial habitat for wildlife and encourage biodiversity.

• Help preserve farmland.

• Sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations.

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Farmer's Pledge members support the following labor and community principles:

• Pay a living wage to all farm workers and acknowledge their freedom of association and their right to collective bargaining.

• Treat family members and farm workers with respect, and ensure their safety on the farm.

• Share and develop farming skills and know-how.

• Work in cooperation with other farmers and with neighboring community to create a more sustainable way of life.

• Encourage the distribution of unsold but edible food to people who need it.

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Farmer's Pledge Fee

The Farmer's Pledge fee includes your NOFA-NY Membership. If you have questions, please call our office at (315) 988-4000 or email paul@nofany.org. Otherwise, please enter payment information below to complete your registration. You will not be billed until your application is approved.



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