Community Agreements

NOFA-NY’s annual winter conference brings together farmers, gardeners, consumers and advocates for education and community building. We aim to create a safe and inclusive environment where every person can learn, expand, share, and be in community together. We ask all conference participants to engage others mindfully, with respect and humility. 

All conference participants agree to abide by the following agreements: 

Be respectful: Respect the identities, backgrounds, and boundaries of others. Be open to different perspectives and experiences. Participation is always voluntary. Each person decides how they show up and what they share.  

Be curious: Listen actively and seek clarity with questions. We are here to learn with and from one another.  

Call in, not out: When someone acts in a way that is harmful, we ask that you “call in” to bring attention to the impact. Calling in is like calling out, but done privately, compassionately, and with a focus on inviting the person who caused harm to awareness rather than shaming or shunning them publicly. This can look like a private message invitation to discuss a harmful statement. We are all learning, so be mindful that you may be called in. Listen and change your behavior if someone tells you it is causing harm. You don’t have to “call in” alone – facilitators can support or do it for you. 

One mic: One voice at a time. 

Take space / make space: Take space for yourself in conversation if you tend to be quiet, make space for quieter voices if you tend to speak often.  

Speak from the “I” but remember the “we”: Speak from your own experience. Use “I” statements rather than generalizations. Be aware of biases and privileges.  

Avoid jargon: We each come from different backgrounds and have diverse understandings and knowledge. Be inclusive with your words. If an unfamiliar term, acronym, or industry word needs to be used, please explain the meaning. 

Be conscious of intent vs. impactWe are each responsible for the impact of our words and actions, regardless of the intent.  

Take care: Take breaks for stretching, rest, eating, movement, family, and any other needs that arise. If someone seeks support, offer it if you are able to do so.  

Be patient: This virtual platform is somewhat new to all of us, including NOFA-NY staff. Technical issues may arise, and we ask that you be gracious while we navigate this landscape. 

Conference staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors are expected to honor these agreements. NOFA-NY reserves the right to revoke conference platform access if community agreements are broken. No refunds will be given to attendees who are removed from the conference platform for violation of these standards. 

These agreements were developed by NOFA-NY staff with reference to NESAWG Community AgreementsBiodynamic Association Community GuidelinesSoul Fire Farm Safer Space Agreements, and OEFFA Conference Community Standards