Farmers + Agriculture

Farmers in the United States face unprecedented challenges when it comes to producing safe, healthy food. Policies governing agriculture typically favor large-scale, conventional growing methods, leaving organic farms and sustainable business models with little support.

As more sustainable methods continue to emerge, it’s proof that consumers are changing their preferences when it comes to the growing, sourcing, and delivery methods of the food they eat. The number of Farmer’s Markets in the United States has grown dramatically in recent years, and more consumers are reading labels than ever before.

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs/Children in the Fields // The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ mission is to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing advocacy for the member organizations that serve them.

Farm Aid // Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

Farmers Market Coalition // The Farmers Market Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States.

The Food Chain Workers Alliance // The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.

Global Crop Diversity Trust // Crop diversity is one of the world’s least recognized but most valuable resources. The Global Crop Diversity Trust is the only worldwide response to this funding crisis.

International Justice Mission: Recipe for Change // A campaign for slave-free tomatoes.

National Gardening Association // NGA's Adopt a Garden programs make it quick and easy for you to register or support a range of gardens and garden projects throughout the U.S.

ROC United // The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation's restaurant workforce.

Seeds of Change // In 1989, Seeds of Change began with a simple mission: to preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture. By cultivating and disseminating an extensive range of organically grown vegetable, flower, herb and cover crop seeds, we have honored that mission for 20 years.