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Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Five Steps to Fair Farming
April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
At this interactive session, Elizabeth Henderson will share best practices for fairness, health and safety in farm businesses. She will share basic information on farm safety, both physical and mental, how to create a farm safety plan, and exercises farmers can build into their daily work routine. Participants will review worker rights and farmers’ legal responsibilities, conflict resolution policies, and how to calculate production costs as a basis for fair prices. You will also be introduced to the standards for Food Justice Certification and the steps farms must take to qualify to make a market claim of food justice!
The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community. Unless noted otherwise the Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group meets at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Henderson
About the instructor:
Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. For 20 years, from 1993 – 2013, she chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county. In 2001, the organic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic awards, in 2007, Abundance Co-op honored her with the “Cooperating for Communities” award and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013. In 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007), with a Spanish language e-book edition in 2017. She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA) in its twenty ninth year in 2017.