For Organic Farmers. By Organic Farmers.
For seventy years, Rodale Institute has supported organic farmers with the research and education they need to succeed. In 2016 we launched the Organic Farmers Association to unite organic farmers for a better future together. There are three types of Memberships:
U.S. certified organic farmers should select this membership. Farm Memberships will receive a periodical survey on issues and policy important to organic farmers, so we can be your voice in Washington, D.C. This membership receives a vote on OFA policy positions and priorities. International farmers, or farms that are not certified organic, should select the Supporter Membership.
Organizations that have a significant membership (or stakeholdership) of certified organic farmers should select this membership. Organization Memberships will receive a periodical survey on issues important to their regional organic farmers to inform priority policy areas. Organizational members will receive resources and information to engage in supporting the OFA policy priorities with their own constituents. You'll receive the same great benefits, including New Farm magazine, webinars and discounts to workshops and events!
Not a domestic certified organic farmer, but want to support the organic farmers that make our planet a better place? You'll receive the same great benefits, including New Farm magazine, webinars and discounts to workshops and events!
At Rodale Institute, we know organic farmers are at the core of successful organic movement. The goals of Organic Farmers Association include:
• Continuing education and research to help organic farmers succeed. Education includes practical topics like pest, disease and weed management; soil health; organic livestock; and more. It also includes policy issues, marketing, industry news and research. Education will be delivered through bi-annual issues of our membership publication, New Farm Magazine, as well as online webinars, e-newsletters, and workshops.
• 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 allow organic farmers to share advice and knowledge; share resources; and buy/sell/rent commodities, land and equipment.
• 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.
Our Lobbyist- Elizabeth Kucinich
Advocacy efforts will be led by Elizabeth Kucinich, Board Policy Chair for Rodale Institute. Kucinich has extensive policy experience in Washington, D.C., including serving as the former director of policy at the Center for Food Safety and former director of government affairs at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Elizabeth is an advisory council member of DC EFF, the world’s largest environmental film festival, and is a producer of GMO OMG and Organic Rising.
Policy efforts will be determined based on the collective voice of the organic farmer members, not on views held by Rodale Institute.