Food & Farm

We envision a food and farm economy made up of networks of many local food systems comprised of community controlled, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farm enterprises.

The Food & Farm Program provides education, research, legal advice, and policy advocacy to advance food and farm systems built around this vision.

About Our Food & Farm Program

Our food system is not well served by today’s predominant food business models, which incentivize growth, shareholder profit maximization, absentee ownership, and exploitation of resources. The ownership and governance structures of an enterprise largely determine the motivations that drive it. And the large, centralized food producers that dominate food systems today are usually owned and governed by white men and driven by financial bottom lines to the detriment of more important ends: equitable control over the food system, providing healthy food and fair economic opportunity to people working within the food system, and redressing injustice.

Systemic oppression within our food system has most negatively impacted rural communities, communities of color, and low-income communities, so our focus is on supporting these historically and currently marginalized communities to take back control over the economic engines of our food system. The cornerstone of our work is the belief that enterprises should be owned and controlled by the workers and communities who depend on them, and this is true for the food economy as much as any other sector. We believe that the right to define how local food systems are organized belong to the people who participate throughout the food chain, from the farm to the compost pile.

Issue Areas

Democratizing the Homemade Food Economy

Protecting the Seed Commons

Reclaiming the Farmland Commons

Community Compost Law & Policy

Farmers' Market Law & Policy

Resources for Food Enterprises

We provide free legal guides on various topics for small and medium scale food and farm enterprises. Click here!

Food & Farm News

For all the latest updates about our Food & Farm Program, read our Food & Farm News blog. Click here!

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