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. To further enable consumers to identify the farms they want to support with their food dollars, NOFA-NY has 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 serves as a bridge between consumers and farmers to better know the agriculturists who work hard to create healthy communities, local food security and food sovereignty. The Farmer’s Pledge is not meant to replace the USDA Certified label, and we encourage farms to engage in both programs.
A Farmer’s Pledge certificate displayed at a farm market stand shows customers a farmer's commitment to responsible growing and a willingness to be transparent to their community. It shows that a farmer takes an environmentally responsible, ecologically sound, holistic approach to farming. This is a wonderful program for farms transitioning to certified organic, small start up farms, and farms that are already certified organic.
The Farmer’s Pledge cost is $120, which includes NOFA-NY Membership. Both certified organic and sustainable farms may sign the pledge. Farmer’s Pledge farms are:
- Listed in our online Food and Farm Guide.
- Listed in our print Organic and Local Food and Farm Guide, New York State’s most comprehensive listing of organic and sustainable farms.
- Provided a digital logo and a mailed package including a laminated 8.5x11 black-and-white official Farmer's Pledge certificate, a color version of the logo with your farm name for you to copy and distribute, and 10 complimentary Farmer's Pledge marketing stickers.
- Regularly promoted via our social media, website, and other consumer awareness campaigns.