AJP has put together a list of websites and other resources that will help farms meet the FJC standards.
1. Steps to Certification
2. How can I use the Food Justice Certified label?
Review labeling requirements of our policy manual and your rights as a certified farm:
3. Farmer Toolkit
AJP has an extensive farmer toolkit. The older version can be downloaded in whole here. We have revised and expanded the farmer toolkit with new resources and it will be downloadable by sections (see below) soon. As we finalize each section we will make it available. Check back for more resources. Most sections are in Word to allow farms to easily use the many template included in the toolkit and adapt them for their own farm needs.
Farmer Toolkit table of contents:
Introduction to the Farmer Tool-Kit
AJP’s Mission and Vision
Part 1: Getting Started with Food Justice Certification
1.1. How to Get Started with Food Justice Certification
1.2. Who Is Considered Hired Labor Under FJC Standards?
1.3. Workers’ Rights in Relation to Employers
1.4. At Will Law and Implications for your Farm
1.5. Seasonal vs. Year-Round Employees
1.6. Part-Time vs. Full-Time Employees
1.7. Wages & Policy Guidelines - What is a Living Wage?
1.8. Living Wage Calculators and Guidance
1.9. Many Legal Requirements are State Specific – Where to Find Info
1.10. FJC Employee Benefits: Required and Optional
1.11. Templates for Employment Information
1.12. Health and Safety –Brief info with more in Part II
1.13. AJP Required Trainings
1.14. Reviews & Evaluations
1.15. Required Postings on the Farm
1.16. Taking the Next Step –
1.17. Summary of Documentation Needed to Qualify for AJP Certification
Part II Safety and Conflict Resolution
2.1. Physical & Mental Safety in the Workplace
2.2. Designing for Safety on the Farm
2.3. Personal Well-Being (Ergonomics & Healthy Body Care)
2.4. Establishing Clear Communication Lines
2.5. Learning How to Negotiate Fairly (need some good materials for this)
2.6. Conflict Resolution and Grievance Process
Part III Minors and Interns
3.1. Labor Standards for Minors
Part IV Farmer-Buyer Relations, Fair Pricing and Contracts
4.0. Farmers’ Rights in Relation to Buyers
4.1. Getting a Fair Price
4.2. Resources on Calculating Cost of Production
2.Speakers/Presenters & Training Programs
6.Chapter 1 from The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall: “True Sustainability”
4.3. Self Assessment Checklist for Fair Negotiations, Pricing, and Contracting between Farms and Buyers (revised July 2010)
4.4. Templates for Farmer as Seller
4.5. Contracts between Farmers and Buyers
4.6. Sample Buyer/farmer guidelines
4.7. Sample Production and Marketing Agreement
4.8. Sample CSA Member Contract
Part V Creating an Employee Handbook and Steps to Food Justice Certification
5.0. Are You Ready for Food Justice Certification?
5.1. Steps to FJC
5.2. How to Prepare Yourself and Train Your Staff
5.4. Appendix: Additional Resources/Reading and Films, Holistic Farm Management, Partnering Organizations list
Part VI Marketing Materials
6.1. How can you market your Food Justice Certification?
6.2. How to inform your buyers and clients of your new certification
6.3. Finding the right messaging for your clients, buyers, and/or consumers
Part VII International Codes Supporting Fair Trade and Labor Standards
7.0. IFOAM Principles of Organic Agriculture
7.1. IFOAM Code of Conduct
7.2. ILO Conventions on Labor
7.3. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
How do I calculate a living wage for my employees? Here are some tools to help you calculate a living wage while meeting the requirements of a fair wage under FJC Standards (see the Living Wage Worksheet for breakdown of the requirements per the FJC Standards and how different calculators compare).
4. Handout for employees on their rights
Download this document and print it out for your workers if you are applying for certification. This is required in the FJC standards. This document explains to your employees what the standards cover, and how to access the complaints and appeals process.
5. Worker Organizations
We recommend workers participate in a regional or local worker center or worker organization that can provide support for workers such as trainings, meetings, workshops and other resources. Worker organizations will also provide support when worker rights are violated by ways of appropriate action for filing complaints and finding resolutions to conflicts.