Resources for Farms

AJP has put together a list of websites and other resources that will help farms meet the FJC standards.

1. Steps to Certification

  • Download our overview document on the 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. What a farm needs to hire employees
  2. Freedom of Association - - Meaning & Implications for Your Farm
  3. No discrimination
  4. Undocumented Workers
  5. List of Required Formalities

1.2. Who Is Considered Hired Labor Under FJC Standards?

  1. Farm Labor Definition
  2. Employee and Contractor Definitions
  3. General Definition of Interns/Apprentices/Trainees

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. Legal
  2. FJC Requirements

1.16. Taking the Next Step –

  1. Relational Farming in the 21st Century
  2. Cooperative Farming – Introduction from Faith Gilbert’s Guide

1.17. Summary of Documentation Needed to Qualify for AJP Certification

1.18. Resources

Part II Safety and Conflict Resolution

2.1. Physical & Mental Safety in the Workplace

2.2. Designing for Safety on the Farm

  1. Safety Training Checklist
  2. Template for health and Safety Meeting Report
  3. Model Safety Policy for Farm
  4. Example of Safety Rules from Gardens of Eagan

2.3. Personal Well-Being (Ergonomics & Healthy Body Care)

2.4. Establishing Clear Communication Lines

  1. Reviews & Check-Ins
  1. Probationary Period
  2. Employee Performance Review
  3. Templates

2.5. Learning How to Negotiate Fairly (need some good materials for this)

2.6. Conflict Resolution and Grievance Process

2.7. Resources

Part III Minors and Interns

3.1. Labor Standards for Minors

3.2. Interns/Apprentices/Trainees

  1. Detailed Definition of Interns/Apprentices/Trainees
  2. Learning Contracts
  3. Resources
  1. Sample learning contract
  2. 4 examples
  3. Examples of Internship programs
  4. Examples of additional intern programs
  1. Kingbird Farm
  2. Example of advertisement for intern with clear expectations from Hutchins Farm
  3. Intern Agreement from Rose Valley Farm
  1. Soul Fire Farm application
  2. Intern Handbooks
    • Brookfield Farm
    • Quail Hill Farm

Part IV Farmer-Buyer Relations, Fair Pricing and Contracts

4.0. Farmers’ Rights in Relation to Buyers

4.1. Getting a Fair Price

  1. Definition of Fair Prices
  2. An Explanation of Profit
  3. Freedom of Association – Meaning & Implications for Farms

4.2. Resources on Calculating Cost of Production



2.Speakers/Presenters & Training Programs

3.Online Documents

4.Enterprise Budgets


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

  1. Definition of a Fair Contract
  2. Negotiating a Contract

4.6. Sample Buyer/farmer guidelines

4.7. Sample Production and Marketing Agreement

4.8. Sample CSA Member Contract

4.9. Resources

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

  1. Training Powerpoint & Script
  2. Documentation Checklist

5.3. Templates

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

  1. Sample letter to buyers
  2. Sample postcards and recipe cards for your CSA or direct sale clients
  3. Sample newsletter articles to clients
  4. FJC brochures for consumers

6.3. Finding the right messaging for your clients, buyers, and/or consumers

  1. AJP talking points
  2. Why should I support Food Justice Certification?
  3. How you are part of a larger domestic fair trade movement

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

Living wages:

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.