Diversity: It’s Not Just About the Farm

Organic farms thrive on biological diversity. Additionally, organizations flourish when they are diverse and inclusive.

OneCert recognizes that access to organic certification has not been equal across all communities and groups. In an effort to support a more diverse organic movement, some staff have recently participated in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training. The training kicked off with this presentation on the History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic. We found it to be a good refresher and very helpful for understanding the legacy and history of race in food & ag systems.

From the video description:

This presentation held as a live webinar on December 08, 2021, is presented by Cambium Collective, hosted by Organic Farmers Association, National Organic Coalition, IFOAM-NA, Accredited Certifiers Association, and International Organic Inspectors Association, and funded in part by the USDA National Organic Program.

The intention of the webinar is to be one in a series of resources for organic professionals to use within their organizations to achieve a better understanding and inspiration for more learning on the myriad impacts U.S. structural racism has had on forming the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in agriculture and the organic movement. With this knowledge we can begin to work together to change the impact of history for a more equitable organic movement.

Click HERE to watch the full presentation on YouTube!

Find discussion questions and learn more about the presentors, resources, and related projects at the Organic Farmers Association website.