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Making Farms Centers of Justice and Fairness
The COVID -19 crisis has exposed minor cracks and deep craters in the US food supply chain, food security and local food systems reliance and resiliency. Farmers and farmworkers are “essential,” yet there is no requirement or financial support to provide them with masks, protective care, paid leave if they get sick, and safe, transportation and housing with room for social distancing. Farms that adopt AJP Food Justice Certification have health and safety plans with training for all employees that is verified by third party certifiers and farm operators with fair farm work policies.
Since 1999, farmer and farmworker advocacy organizations; the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), the Farm Worker Support Committee (CATA), and the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA (RAFI-USA) have been working together to keep the flame of fairness alive in the domestic food system, to empower workers and farmers, build capacity, educate the public, and create lasting partnerships across sectors. The not-for-profit organization, the Agricultural Justice Project, agriculturaljusticeproject.org emerged from this collaborative effort. A major part of our work is the creation and management of the Food Justice Certified (FJC) program, which allows consumers to connect with organic farms and food businesses that engage in high bar fair labor and trade practices, and sets this high bar against which other claims of fairness must measure themselves.
AJP also offers farm operators cost share for applying to be AJP Certified through our social fund. Please make a difference today and donate to AJP!
As a member of the large and diverse NOFA community across 7 states, your donation today will help where it is needed most, on the farm.
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