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Organic farming is based on the principle of harmony – with the environment, our bodies, and our community. And harmony is essential for healthy growth. Our conference theme, Growing in Harmony, reflects our hope that the organic community grows in a way that supports existing producers, welcomes new growers, and increases the availability of healthy food for all.
For four decades, our conference has convened farmers, gardeners, consumers, and advocates to work together and learn from one another. Mutual support and the generous exchange of knowledge is a hallmark of the NOFA-NY community. And now, as the organic sector grows, we must continue to grow along with it – in harmony with the environment and with our fellow humans.
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Messages from Our Representatives
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York
Senator Schumer of New York is the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Learn more about Senator Schumer on his website.
New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey
Senator Hinchey represents New York’s 46th District and is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Learn more about Senator Hinchey on her NY Senate webpage.
NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer together to make high-quality food available to all people.
Our Equity Statement
NOFA-NY is a membership organization committed to creating a sustainable regional food system that is ecologically sound and economically viable. In an effort to realize our vision of a just and resilient farming system, in late 2018 NOFA-NY began to evaluate the ways in which we can center racial and social equity in our work.
Food is inextricably linked to structures of power in society and therefore, our food system is inherently unjust. In the United States, the food system was built upon the forced displacement, enslavement, and subordination of peoples on dispossessed Indigenous lands. We have seen institutional inequities continue in both the private and public sectors with the denial of access to land, opportunities, and healthy foods, and with the consolidation of agribusiness. These systemic features have left certain urban and rural demographics in a state of disproportionate disadvantage, affecting health and survival.
We are committed to a reiterative process that requires us to have difficult conversations. It requires reflection and inquiry, as individuals, as representatives of our organization, and as parts of the food system as a whole.
We wish to uplift the positive contributions to our NOFA-NY community from especially those continually marginalized by systemic forces of dominance and neglect. At the same time, we acknowledge that we have not previously centered equity in our work.
We plan to build a racial and social equity lens that informs our organization’s planning, decision-making, and advocacy for policies at both the State and National levels. We intend to conduct an organizational equity assessment, including an evaluation of our internal processes around board appointments, hiring, and programming.
We view this work as a long-term process that includes ongoing racial and social equity trainings and workshops for board, staff, presenters, and general membership.
We have created a small committee of staff and board members to lay the groundwork for this process. We aim to open this committee and process to NOFA-NY members and others who are interested in providing feedback and sharing knowledge.
Both of NOFA-NY’s offices are located on land that was stewarded by the peoples of the Onondaga Nation, Firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, for more than a thousand years before European colonization. Land that was stolen to become what is now New York State. Please take a moment to reflect upon where you are in this moment. If you want to learn more about the land you are on, visit Native–Land.ca.
Syracuse Peace Council’s Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) works to support the right of native peoples to reclaim land, and advocates for fair settlement of any claims which are filed. Visit their website to learn more or to donate to support their work.