Five Steps to a Fair Farm
February 27, 2020  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.



Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project
Luke Zigovits, Higher Level Organics



  • Principals of food justice and workers’ rights
  • Fair labor policies
  • Health and safety, conflict resolution, and fair pricing
  • Develop a plan for your farm or business that allows you to apply for Food Justice Certification



Social justice and workers’ rights are essential to a sustainable food system. By empowering everyone on your farm, you can strengthen your farm’s resilience as well as its capacity to produce food that meets the highest standards of food safety. Join the movement of family-scale farms following Agricultural Justice Project guidelines and show your customers and staff that you run a fair, safe business.

Elizabeth Henderson is with the Agricultural Justice Project. She farmed at Peacework Organic Farm, one of the earliest CSAs in the country, and has written several books on sustainable farming. Luke Zigovits farms at Higher Level Organic Farm, the first-ever certified fair trade hemp farm in the world.

They’ll explain the principles of food justice—fair pricing, health and safety, conflict resolution, fair employment policies—and demonstrate the value of those principles for farms like yours. You’ll come away with a draft of fair labor policies for your farm, a checklist to assess your policies, and the foundation for a comprehensive health and safety plan—everything you need if you want to apply for Food Justice Certification.


About the Presenters:

Elizabeth Henderson
Elizabeth farmed at Peacework Organic Farm, one of the earliest CSAs in the country. She is on the Board NOFA-NY, and represents the NOFAs on the Agricultural Justice Project board. She is Honorary President of Urgenci, the International CSA Network. She wrote Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007), A Manual of Whole Farm Planning (2003) with Karl North, and A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for Peacework CSA, in its 32nd year in 2020. She blogs at –

Luke Zigovits
Luke is the farm manager at Higher Level Organics; a certified organic, AJP Fair Farm, that is now also Sun+Earth certified.  Located in SW Wisconsin, HLO is the first farm in the world with these three certifications. Ethical production is a priority, and HLO feels there is a need to lead by example.  The farm produces sun grown, hand harvested hemp for the wellness market.






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