We Oregonians like to think of ourselves as ahead of the curve when it comes to social and environmental responsibility, and it’s nice when the evidence bears us out. Case in point: Oregonfarms make up two of the eight Food Justice Certified operations in the whole of the United States. Gathering Together Farm (Philomath) and Spring Hill Farm (Albany) are part of a growing ‘domestic fair trade’ movement, which aims to factor social issues into our purchasing decisions. In that vein, Food Justice Certification picks up where organic certification leaves off, providing rigorous third-party verification of workers’ rights, wages, and safety.
So congratulations to Growing Together and Spring Hill for leading the way! (And congratulations to Canada, too, for having a breathtaking 70 Food Justice Certified farms. Gives us something to aim for, eh? )