Tools and Resources for Farmers
AJP has put together a toolkit and a list of resources to help farmers adjust their labor policies, develop documentation and learn how to comply with the AJP standards. You can download these tools one at a time, or click the “Full Toolkit” button to download them all at once.
Resources to Download
1. Steps to Certification
A document outlining each step in the certification process. This information can also be viewed online by clicking here.
2. See the Certified Entities and Certification Section of AJP Policy Manual. This section will answer many of your questions about the details of AJP certification such as our labeling requirements, involvement of worker organizations, and others. You may want to print this to keep as a resource.
Our toolkit covers necessary documentation, sample policies and contracts and self assessment checklists for farms who have hired labor.
- Living Wage Calculator
Farm Safety Videos can help farmers and workers talk and learn about hazards on farms.
4. Interns and Apprentices
This section of our toolkit includes samples of exemplary intern agreements and learning contracts.
5. Getting a Good Price and Better Contracts
This section includes resources for calculating cost of production, templates for farmers as sellers, and self assessment checklist for fair negotiation process.
- Farmer’s Guide to Organic Contracts from FLAG
- Questions for Farmers to Ask Before Entering Into a Direct Marketing Agreement from FLAG
6. Handout for employees on their rights in the AJP Program
Download this document and print it out for your employees if you are applying for AJP certification. This is required in the AJP standards. This document explains to your employees what the standards cover, and how to access the AJP complaints and appeals process.
7. Farmer Organizations
AJP recommends that farmers participate in one or more of the many active farming organizations located around the country. These organizations offer conferences, workshops, field days, trainings and other resources that provide vital information for improving farmer skills and access to information, as well as opportunities to network with other farmers in your area. We also urge you to encourage your local farming organization to provide more trainings opportunities for the workers on your farms.
Agricultural Justice Founding Partners
- Farmworker Support Committee
- Florida Organic Growers and Consumers
- Northeast Organic Farming Association – Chapters in Connecticut, Massachuestts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
- Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
Additional Farmer Organizations
- Beginning Farmers and Finding Funding
- Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
- California Certified Organic Famers
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
- Community Alliance with Famliy Farmers
- Domestic Fair Trade Association
- Fair Food Network (extensive list of local farmer advocates by region)
- Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
- Farmers Advocating for Organics
- Just Harvest
- Maine Alternative Agricultural Association
- Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
- Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Services
- National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association
- National Family Farm Coalition
- Oregon Tilth
- Organic Seed Alliance
- Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association
- Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network
- Washington Tilth Association
- Young Farmers Coalition
8. Farmworker Organizations
AJP recommends workers participate in a regional farmworker organization that can provide support for workers such as trainings, meetings, workshops and other resources. Farmworker organizations will also provide support and help when worker rights are violated by providing ways of appropriate action for filing complaints and finding resolutions to conflicts.
National Policy & Advocacy
- Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee
- Farmworker Justice
- Migrant Legal Action Program
- National Farm Worker Ministry
- Student/Farmworker Alliance (youth in action!)
- YaYa Justice For Farm Workers (youth in action!)
- United Farm Workers
Farmworker Organizations by Region:
- The Farmworker Support Committee/El Comité de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas*
- Migrant Justice
- Rural & Migrant Ministry
- Community to Community Development*
- Lideres Campesinas*
- PCUN Oregon’s Farmworker Union: Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United/Pioneros y Campesinos Unidos
*Designates approved worker organizations for Food Justice certification