As you may know, New Farmers of the Central Coast is an affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC)–a national network of young and beginning farmers organizing to make it easier to start a farm in the U.S. through policy change, strong networks, and farmer-to-farmer learning.
I wanted to make sure you saw this important message from NYFC. They are hard at work representing us in the Food Safety rule-making process and need our help to make sure FDA listens to our demands.
I’m an NYFC member because I want to be a part of a change in the way we farm in the US. I want to see more small farmers and more sustainable food programs working because I whole heartedly believe that it is a better approach to making food for our country. I hope you’ll join me in becoming part of this strong grassroots coalition of young and beginning farmers.
P.S. Joining NYFC means you get access to BIG discounts at Johnny’s, High Mowing, FarmTek, Chelsea Green, Growing for Market and more. Click here for more details.
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From: Sophie Ackoff, National Young Farmers Coalition <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Act Now: Grow the Coalition & FDA Will Listen
Any moment now, the FDA will release revised Food Safety Rules that could make or break your farm. As your season picks up speed, The National Young Farmers Coalition is your representative at the FDA, bird-dogging the rulemaking process to ensure that your needs are met.
Thanks to NYFC’s National Day of Action last fall, the FDA heard the voices of young farmers loud and clear. If our coalition can expand this spring, we’ll carry more weight with the FDA, guaranteeing the Food Safety rules don’t put our sustainable, diversified farms out of business.
Will you join today?
Already—because scores of young farmers and consumers joined the National Young Farmers Coalition to make their voices heard—FDA announced their plan to revise areas of the rules that concerned us most, including: water quality standards, use of raw manure and compost, and provisions affecting “mixed-use facilities.”
NYFC rallied farmers to host 70 letter-writing parties in 30 states. We continue to bring your voice to the table in meetings with heavyweights like FDA, USDA and Congress. But to fully represent young farmers and their supporters, we need a strong coalition with hundreds of members in all 50 states. We need your help to grow our membership by 25% this spring. Your voice builds our strength—Join us today.
The National Young Farmers Coalition is poised to take on the revised rules (likely hundreds of pages long!), make them digestible and activate our network to respond. But without a growing membership, the FDA may not realize the power of the young farmer community. Join today and ensure the food safety rules help rather than hinder sustainable agriculture.
P.S. If you join the National Young Farmers Coalition for just $5 a month – you must act before 4/24 – you’ll be entered to win one of 50 LED Lenser Flashlights, perfect for dark barns, tractor underbellies and checking on chickens! Join today.
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