Many laws, policies, and government programs impact growers, and the best of these policies and programs allow farmers to succeed at what they do best – farm. However, most farmers would rather be working in the fields than reading policy briefings or sitting through hearings. Tilth Producers pays close attention to what’s happening in the policy realm on behalf of Washington’s organic and sustainable growers. We make sure farmers’ voices are heard. That happens in the form of email action alerts, policy updates and blog posts, plus opportunities to be directly involved. We co-host an annual lobby day in Olympia and provide direct advocacy in Olympia, Washington D.C., and on farms in legislators’ Washington districts.
Together, our farmers’ voices are powerful and can bring about the change we need to build a sustainable food future! In the words of Tilth Producers of Washington board member, Addie Candib: “Advocacy changes lives, and it changed mine. But if farmers are going to advocate for ourselves at the policy level, we need coaches. Someone to tell us where and when to show up and what to say. That’s why Tilth’s policy work is so important.”
You can give us your opinion and get involved with our advocacy work by becoming a member! Join online here.
Read our Policy Blog.
Tilth Producers 2014 Policy Platform. Summary of results from our 2013 Policy Priority Survey. Sign up here for Tilth News emails, which include action alerts & updates regarding legislative policy that effects organic and sustainable Washington farmers. Tilth Producers welcomes your participation and input on policy matters. To join our efforts or express your opinion, please contact: Ariana Taylor Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Schwartz at email@example.com
Please support our policy advocacy work. Policy Resources California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Center for Food Safety – True Food Network Center for Rural Affairs Center for Science in the Public Interest Community Food Security Coalition Policy Priorities (CFSC) Environmental Commons Local Food & Democracy Institute for Responsible Technology National Family Farm Coalition National Organic Coalition National Organic Program-U.S. Department of Agriculture National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Northwest Farm Bill Action Group Organic Center Organic Consumers Association Action Center Oregon Tilth Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Organic Trade Association (OTA) PCC Natural Markets Washington Environmental Council Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network (WSFFN or The Network) Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) Sustainable Table – Take Action Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group – Issues (WSAWG)