Representing organic farmers at the national level
In 2016 farmers from across the country came together to launch the Organic Farmers Association (OFA) to unite organic farmers for a better future together. Rodale Institute supports this initiative as fiscal sponsor and partner with OFA’s farmer leadership.
The mission of OFA is to provide a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers. With the purpose to build and support a farmer-led national organic farmer movement and national policy platform by: developing and advocating policies that benefit organic farmers¹; strengthening and supporting the capacity of organic farmers and farm organizations; and supporting collaboration and leadership among state, regional and national organic farmer organizations.
There are three types of Memberships:
U.S. certified organic farmers should select this membership. Farm Members receive periodical surveys on issues and policies important to organic farmers, so we can be your voice in Washington, D.C. Only farm members are eligible to vote on OFA policy positions and priorities. International farmers, or farms that are not certified organic, should select the Supporter Membership. To learn more about farm membership & benefits click here.
Organizations that have a significant membership (or stakeholders) of certified organic farmers should select this membership. Organization Members receive periodical surveys on issues and policies important to organic farmers, so we can be your voice in Washington, D.C. Organization Members are eligible to pass on discounted farm memberships to their farm members as well as receive tools and information to build stronger organizational capacity. To learn more about organization membership & benefits click here.
Not a domestic certified organic farmer, but want to support the organic farmers that make our planet a better place? Supporter members will be connected to the discussions about policies that affect organic farmers, and be called to advocate on their behalf. It takes a village and we welcome you to join in support of organic farmers. To learn more about supporter membership & benefits click here.
Organic farmers are at the core of successful organic movement.
The goals of Organic Farmers Association include:
• Most importantly, a strong voice for organic farmers. Right now, a lot of people say they speak for organic farmers. Giving organic farmers true representation in policy and Washington, D.C. on the issues important to us is our number one goal.
One Farm, One Vote
How does policy work with Organic Farmers Association? In our membership structure, every organic farm, and every organic farmer, is created equal. That means that regardless of the size of your operation you pay a flat rate for membership- $100/year- and get one vote on policy issues. Everyone has a voice at the table and everyone is represented equally.
• Connecting organic farmers. An important aspect of a national organic farmers’ organization is to unify organic growers from around the country into a solidified network. This allows organic farmers to share policy positions, production advice and knowledge; share resources; and buy/sell/rent commodities, land and equipment across the country.
• Connecting organic farm organizations. An important aspect of a national organic farmers’ organization is to unify organic organizations from around the country into a solidified network. This allows these organizations advocating for their local organic farmers and supporting the growth and viability of organic farmers to work collaboratively to grow a stronger organic farmer movement through stronger organizations. OFA will help organic farm organizations to share policy positions, educational programs, resources, strategies for stronger organizational capacity, as well as real tools and training to better serve their own organic farmer members.
¹OFA acknowledges that across the country different terms are used within the agricultural community. When OFA uses the term “organic farmers,” it includes certified organic farmers and ranchers as well as organic producers exempt from certification (grossing under $5,000 annually).