Organic Farmers Association


OFA Member Benefits


FARM MEMBERSHIP

Farm Membership Criteria
A farmer seeking farm membership with the Organic Farmers Alliance (OFA) should meet the following criteria:
• Hold a current U.S. organic crop, wild crop and/or livestock certificate
• Endorse the mission, vision, values and guiding principles of OFA;
• Pay the annual OFA membership dues.
• Complete OFA farm member form/application

Farm Membership responsibilities:
• Participate in OFA policy development process and share how current and proposed agricultural policy and market circumstances affect their operations;
• Promote and support the principles and values of OFA; and
• Participate in OFA policy voting and Governing Council nomination and election.

Farm Members are encouraged to: 
• Contribute to OFA activities and communications by sharing new ideas, opinions, best practices and other important and relevant news related to building a stronger organic farmer voice and movement;
• Participate in collaborative activities to advocate for policies that benefit the success and growth of organic farmers¹.
• Participate in OFA leadership and committee work;
• Promote the work of the OFA;
• Recruit new members; and
• Link to the OFA website from their farm’s website;

Farm Member benefits:
• A strong national voice representing organic farmer interests; tools and training
• Access to timely information critical to the organic farmer’s operation;
• One Farm, One Vote:  In our membership structure, every certified organic farm, and every certified organic farmer, is created equal. Regardless of the size of an operation, the farmer gets one vote on policy and regulatory issues. Everyone has a voice at the table and everyone is represented equally. Must be a member in good standing.
• Representation by OFA Lobbyist;
• New Farm magazine subscription;
• Access to webinars and discounts to workshops and events;
• Opportunity to share information among farmers from across the nation.

Farm Membership dues²:
1. $100 per Farm (certificate)
2. At a reduced rate of $75 if farm currently holds a farm membership with an OFA organization member.


ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

Organization Membership Criteria
An organization seeking membership with the Organic Farmers Alliance (OFA) must meet the following criteria:
• Be a local, state, regional or national organization that provides support to organic farmers; or
• Be active in and committed to support certified organic food, farming and farmers; and
• Endorse the mission, vision, values and guiding principles of OFA; and
• Promote OFA membership; and
• Pay OFA membership dues; and
• Complete OFA organization member application; and
• Be accepted by OFA as an Organization Member.

Organization Membership roles & responsibilities:
• Promote and support the OFA mission, vision, guiding principles and values;
• Be active in or have a desire to engage in policy work at the local, state, or national level;
• Participate in collaborative activities to advocate for policies that benefit the success and growth of organic farmers and those that strengthen the capacity of OFA member organizations;
• Promote OFA policy work within their organization;
• Identify one primary point of contact from your organization;
• Facilitate the nomination of the OFA Governing Council.

Organization Members are encouraged to: 
• Link to the OFA website from their organization's website;
• Contribute to OFA activities and communications by sharing new ideas, data, best practices and other important and relevant news related to building a stronger organic farmer voice and movement;
• Support certified organic farmers’ participation in OFA leadership and committee work;
• Help facilitate OFA policy development process;
• Activate their own stakeholders as appropriate on relevant OFA issues; and
• Advocate for OFA policy priorities.

Organization Member benefits:
• Tools and training to engage your farmer members in policy- services to support engagement
• Ability to bring forward farmer-generated policy proposals for OFA consideration
• Farmer discussions of state, regional and national policy and regulatory proposals
• Opportunity for seat on the OFA Governing Council
• New Farm magazine subscription
• Access to webinars and discounts to workshops and events

Organization Membership dues³:
1. $250 per Organization Membership; with their farmer members joining OFA at a reduced OFA Farmer or Supporter Membership rate of $75 through the Organization Member.
**Scholarships could be made available if cannot afford for Organization Member or Farmer Members, on a case by case basis.


SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIP

Supporter Membership criteria:
• Supporter membership is open to any individual who is not a U.S. certified organic farmer and any organization that doesn’t meet the criteria for organizational member.  This membership includes non-certified organic farmers, organizations, sustainable farmers, consumers, students, researchers, and any other individual or group interested in supporting a strong voice for organic farmers.
• Pay OFA membership dues; and
• Complete OFA supporting member application.

Supporter Membership responsibilities:
• Promote and support the OFA mission, vision, guiding principles and values;
• Have a desire to support organic farmers’ policy positions at the local, state, or national level;
• Participate in collaborative activities to advocate for policies that benefit the success and growth of organic farmers and those that strengthen the capacity of OFA member organizations;

Supporter Members are encouraged to: 
• Support certified organic farmers’ participation in OFA leadership and committee work;
• Link to the OFA website from their organization's website;
• Contribute to OFA activities and communications by sharing new ideas, data, best practices and other important and relevant news related to building a stronger organic farmer voice and movement;
• Promote the work of OFA;
• Advocate for OFA policy priorities;
• Participate in and contribute to OFA surveys, events, etc.;

Supporter Member benefits:
• New Farm magazine subscription
• Access to webinars and discounts to workshops and events

Supporter Membership dues:
1. $100 per Membership
2. At a reduced rate of $75 if purchased with a OFA Organization Member


¹OFA acknowledges that across the country different terms are used within the agricultural community. When OFA uses the term “organic farmers,” it includes both certified organic farmers and ranchers as well as organic producers exempt from certification (grossing under $5,000 annually).
²Scholarships could be made available if cannot afford for Organization Member or Farmer Members, on a case by case basis.
³Scholarships could be made available if cannot afford for Organization Member or Farmer Members, on a case by case basis.