Raising Funds & Awareness
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a crucial organization for producers and consumers alike. The organization’s objective is “to defend the rights of sustainable family farms and artisan food producers to make their products available to consumers in a manner that protects, preserves and enhances the environment and its natural resources.” Based in Washington, D.C., the organization is uniquely situated near both the center of our government and a large constituency of food movement movers-and-shakers.
Farmers usually become farmers because (wait for it) they want to farm. However, numerous legal requirements make it difficult for your favorite family farms and artisanal producers to stay in business. Many farming regulations are written by people who have never farmed before, and are based on massive economies of scale at the industrial farming level. This puts small family farms at a huge disadvantage when it comes to being able to market their products. Not to mention the piles of paperwork, lengthy phone calls and legal jargon necessary for navigating the bureaucracy. Dealing with everything from raw milk debacles to on-farm poultry processing issues, the attorneys who make up FTCLDF work as advisors between farmers and government officials – so that farmers can get back to… you guessed it, farming.
However, the FTCLDF is a non-profit organization, relying primarily on membership fees and donations. Those who donate $250 during the organization’s fundraiser (now through August 31) will be invited to Joel and Teresa Salatin’s Polyface Farm on Saturday, September 8. Polyface is widely known as one of the leading examples of a family-owned, pastured-based, beyond organic farm, combining practical methods for raising clean meat and simultaneously returning fertility back to the soil. Joel himself will give you a tour of the farm, and you’ll quickly see why he’s one of the food movement’s foremost voices. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a fantastic locally catered lunch, complete with a regional wine tasting. Special guests include Pete Kennedy, President of FTCLDF and Sally Fallon Morell, author of the ground-breaking traditional foods cookbook Nourishing Traditions and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization whose goal is to educate people on the benefits of non-industrialized traditional diets. In addition, you’ll also receive a $10 gift certificate to spend in the Polyface store, along with other opportunities to win door prizes.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is important to you and me, and the future of food choice. Click here to learn more about the organization and consider donating to support farmers, consumers, and food freedom.
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