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Current Members

The Domestic Fair Trade Association is a collaboration of organizations representing farmers, farmworkers, food system workers, retailers, manufacturers, processors, and non-governmental organizations. Internationally, the Fair Trade movement has united farmers, workers, traders and consumers with a message of fairness, equity and environmental stewardship in trade with producers in marginalized countries. Increasingly, we can see that the challenges faced by rural communities are very similar around the world.

Our primary goal is to support family-scale farming, to reinforce farmer-led initiatives such as farmer co-operatives, and to bring these groups together with mission-based traders, retailers and concerned consumers to contribute to the movement for sustainable agriculture in North America. It is our hope that in maintaining a consistent approach that shares basic values with those of international Fair Trade, we may help create a more holistic model that can be applied wherever trade takes place. By creating businesses committed to principles of fairness, equity, and diversity and leading by example, we hope to create positive change in the mainstream marketplace.


Current Members:

Agricultural Justice Project

AJP.Logo.TransThe Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) works to transform the existing agricultural system into one based on empowerment, justice and fairness for all who labor from farm to retail. Founded in 1999 out of disappointment that the U.S. National Organic Program’s standards did not address the people involved in organic agriculture. AJP began a stakeholder process to develop standards for the fair and just treatment of the people involved in organic and sustainable agriculture. After years of in-depth stakeholder engagement, AJP developed robust gold standards for laborers in the agricultural system and officially launched the Food Justice Certified label in the marketplace.

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations and NGOs


Berkshire Coop Market

Berkshire Coop logo

Located in Barrington, MA, Berkshire Coop Market is a consumer cooperative represented by a Board of Directors voted on by its members. It is dedicated to an all natural, whole food, local, and healthy selection of products. By offering goods that meet a high social and environmental standard (no GMOs, no preservatives, hormones, hydrogenated oils, etc.) and educating its members on the importance and significance of upholding these standards, Berkshire is active in creating a local dialogue on the issues that affect the local, regional, and international food structures. The Berkshire Coop Market invests in its local community by connecting retailers, consumers, and producers to build bonds and high humans and environmental standards amongst all people in the local food system.

Stakeholder group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers’ Markets


Bluff County Coop

Bluff Country Coop is located in Winona Minnesota and has been serving its local community since 1972. With over 1200 members, Bluff Country Co-op is a member owned co-op with a democratically elected Board of Directors. The Coop strives to provide high quality, sustainably produced and regionally grown food. By doing so, Bluff aspires to create a sense of community and inspire its shoppers to build a sustainable local society. Bluff Country Co-op also works towards this end by offering a variety of education programs and community sponsored events.


Stakeholder group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers’ Markets


El Comit de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agr colas

El comite de apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (The Farmworker Support Committee) was founded in 1978 by farmworkers in New Jersey as a way to unite in an effort to empower and educate workers to achieve fair living, social, and working standards. CATA builds toward this goal through a two pronged strategy. Its mission focuses on organizing and building the social capacity of fellow workers as well as educating consumers about the issues. CATA does this with the understanding that significant change will only come if people on all fronts of the food system work together. Projects and campaigns are undertaken with the goal of achieving meaningful and lasting improvements to the legal and economic food systems that are often opposed to the best interests of farmworkers.

Stakeholder Group: Farmworkers’ Organizations


Central Co-op

Central Co-op, founded in 1978 and located in downtown Seattle is active in serving its local community by connecting consumers to local, organic, and socially conscious producers. Central co-op has a unique member sign up which is conscious of peoples abilities to pay by providing subsidized or alternative methods of payment: allowing people of all economic levels the opportunity to access healthy, socially just foods. Central Co-op also strives to raise community social capital levels through a wide range of member driven events and educational opportunities.


Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers’ Markets



Centro Campesino is a not-for profit rural development organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-sufficiency of migrant and seasonal workers as well as their families. Centro focuses its efforts and programs on rural weatherization, affordable home ownership, education, community building, and job preparation. Centro Campesino advocates for the respect and dignity of all rural workers with the motto, Equity, Education, Economic Opportunity: For Everyone.


Stakeholder Group: Farmworkers’ Organizations

Community Food Co-op

cfc-logo-2015-colorThe Community Food Co-op was founded in 1970 and is nestled between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC in beautiful Bellingham, WA. At our three locations, the Co-op strives to offer the highest quality and largest variety of natural, local, organic, and fairly traded foods in our region. With over 13,000 active members, the Co-op is a vital member of our community. Since 2010, our Farm Fund has awarded over $120,000 in grants and low interest loans to local farmers and we strongly believe in supporting, and being a resource for, our local food system. We offer over 100 healthy living classes every year and partner with Whatcom Community College to offer additional cooking classes each quarter. Our democratically elected nine-member Board of Directors guides our organization through strategic planning and consensus decision making. We are also the only grocer north of Seattle that offers a high degree of transparency in our business practices through our public sustainability report. Food may be our middle name, but community comes first!

Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers Markets

Community to Community Development (Comunidad a Comunidad)

Community to Community Development, founded in 2009, was done so on the belief that society should arrange itself in such a way that everyone has a fundamental access to the democratic processes affecting everyday life. The C2C is modeled after the community organizing strategies of Cesar Chavez and strive to restore justice to food, land, and cultural practices by empowering those so often under-represented in our current food and social systems. Community to Community works in solidarity with all who strive for social justice to build community relationships as well as a system which places the welfare of the people before corporate profits.


Stakeholder Group: Farmworkers’ Organizations


Cooperative Development Institute

The Cooperative Development Institute focuses on providing educational, technical, and training assistance in a wide variety of business sectors. The CDI strives to build a healthy, dynamic cooperative community network in the northeast. The CDI also offers a space for various actors hoping to either start up or build the health of their co-op to discuss and deliberate the strategies and techniques implemented by established cooperatives in order to improve their chances of success


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations and NGOs


Cooperative Fund of New England

The Cooperative Fund of New England, founded in 1975, advances the goals of community based, democratically owned or managed enterprises primarily in low-income areas by providing monetary assistance at low rates. The CF focuses its efforts on socially conscious enterprises and provides technical and business skills to groups emphasizing the local community. Since its inception, it has raised over $26 million dollars and made over 600 loans to cooperatives and community oriented non-profits without recording any monetary lost to its socially oriented investors.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations and NGOs


Discovery Organics

Discovery Organics

Organics is an independently owned distributor of certified organic as well as fair trade certified produce. Started in 1999 in British Columbia, Discovery Organics works to promote organic, fair trade produce as well as build lasting, meaningful relationships with the small scale farms that it represents. It does this not only in British Columbia, but also in the United States, Mexico, and other regions throughout Latin America in order to provide quality, environmentally and socially conscious food to its retailers throughout the year.


Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organizations/Processors


Dr. Bronner s Magic Soaps

Dr. Bronner s Magic Soaps started in 1858, and from its inception up to the present, has been at the forefront of setting the standard for environmentally conscious soap products. Dr. Bronner s Magic Soaps uses organic, GMO-free, natural products to make its entire assortment of soap goods. The company believes in the constructive capitalism ideology which realizes that investment in ones employees as well as the mother earth is as important as investing in the infrastructure and growth of the business.


Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organizations/Processors


Family Farm Defenders

Family Farm Defenders was founded in 1994 as an organization created to support, educate, and unite farmers in an effort to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food system. The FFD empowers farmers through democratically controlled institutions to speak for themselves in the quest to attain social and economic justice. It also provides a forum for conversation and resources to join in cooperative ventures in a hope to lower the financial burdens so often faced by the individual. The FFD also takes on the pressing social and environmental health issues facing the agriculture industry in an effort to provide a unified voice representative of the family-farm community.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Farmworker Association of Florida

The Farmworker association of Florida, incorporated in 1986 was created to organize farmworkers in the struggle for better housing, wages, and working conditions. With over 8,000 member families, it has focused its efforts on empowering farmworkers in order to gain control over the social, political, economic, and health justice issues that impact their lives. FWAF continues to unite and advocate for a social environment where the contribution and worth of the farm working community is dignified and respected as equals in the society and the food systems in which we all live.

Stakeholder Group: Farmworkers’ Organizations


Farmer Direct Co-operative

Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. is a producer driven business that provides the world with ethically grown and trade foods. FDC’s of 65 organic family farms produce high quality, 100% Certified Organic fairDeal cereals, oilseeds and pulses for food manufacturers, distributors, and food service providers worldwide.

Farmer Direct recognizes that consumers are demanding ethically produced, high quality food and communicates these values by educating consumers about their farm practices, food quality and the fairDeal program. Modeled on Fair Trade regulations, Farmer Direct’s fairDeal program can add value to a company’s marketing efforts by capturing the ever increasing market for ethically traded and properly farmed food. Farmer Direct provides buyers with various promotional mediums and allows the consumer to trace their product back to the farm where it was grown.

Stakeholder Group: Farmers and Farmer Co-operative and Associations


Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund is the only organization in Southeast United States that focuses on empowering Black land owners through education and resource assistance. With 12,000 family farm members, the fund works through various cooperatives to purchase supplies, provide technical assistance and marketing of its members produce. The cooperative strategy also provides a source of strength and solidarity amongst Black land owners as well as a unifying voice to encourage progress towards further social and economic development of rural communities in the southeast.



Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


FLO (Fair, Local, Organic) Food

FLO is a student led initiative at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Founded and run solely by students of the school, FLO continuously works to engage the students and surrounding community about the issues facing the local food system. FLO has made a significant impact, in partnership with Carolina Dining Services, by offering the students of the university local produce and grass fed beef which has created a stable market for farms in the surrounding area.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Florida Organic Growers

Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers is a nonprofit dedicated to education and outreach about organic foods as well as a quality certification service. FOG also focuses its efforts in policy work. The organization was heavily involved in the development of the National Organic Programs regulations that works in shaping parts of the Farm Bill. In 2001, FOG became a USDA accredited certifier. The Florida Organic Growers also provides the resources and spaces for others involved in or interested in organic practices to meet and discuss issues that continue to shape the future for the organic movement.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Food Chain Workers Alliance

The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of workers from all spectrums of the food chain created to build towards better working conditions. Based on the principals of social, racial, and environmental justice, the alliance aspires to create a more sustainable food chain that respects and empowers the voices of its members. The FCWA has shown solidarity with a wide variety of workers rights issues wherever there has been shown a lack of respect and dignity for workers throughout the spectrum of the food system.

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a value-added farm products business in Michigan. Based on the ideas of low energy, organic, and environmental sustainability, Food for Thought believes that the marketplace and our food system should be more about making a connection with people and the environment over making reckless profits.


Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organizations/Processors


Institute for Market Ecology

The Institute for Market Ecology is a world leader in food certification. The IMO holds its members to the highest of standards in environmental stewardship as well as the treatment of workers. The IMO also builds relationships with its members by providing them with the social and educational resources needed to continue and improve on these standards. The Institute of Market Ecology operates in more than 90 countries and has over 120,000 certified smallholders.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs

Maggie s Organics

Maggie s Organics is an apparel company dedicated to providing an alternative market for people to purchase clothing based on the ethical treatment of workers and stewardship toward the land. Started in 1992, Maggie s Organics works to eliminate gratuitous links in the trade system in order to make as strong of a connection between the grower and the owner of its products. All of the apparel sold by Maggie s Organics is made by cooperatives located in the United States, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.



Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organizations/Processors


Maple Valley Cooperative

imagesMaple Valley, a pioneer in organic and fair practices for maple production, was founded in 1991, became a cooperative in 2007, and continues to produce 100% pure and organically produced maple products year after year. This means not only offering you a high-quality certified organic product free of additives, preservatives, and formaldehyde, but also bringing you a socially responsible commodity. Great effort has gone into selecting responsible, organically certified woodland farmers whose standards represent stewardship to the environment and our planet. Our main processing plant and offices are in Cashton, Wisconsin. Our farmer base encompasses the Great Lakes and the Appalachian region of the United States. We believe in family scale farming, fair wages for producers and employees, transparency, accountability, and sustainable fair business practices.

Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organization/Processor

Midwest Organic Services Association

The Midwest Organic Services Association is an organic certifier. MOSA certifies all parts of the food system process including growing, processing, and handling of both produce and livestock. MOSA offers education opportunities for its members to improve their methods in order to both raise their standards of environmental protection as well as inform them of techniques available to improve their businesses financially. MOSA works to connect its farmers and farmworkers so that insight and resources can be shared and practiced together to create a more sustainable, eco-friendly food system in the Midwest.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


National Coop Grocers


National Coop Grocers is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. The NCGA, based out of Iowa City, Iowa strives to provide the leadership and technical systems necessary for co-ops to grow their market in the food system. It provides its member co-ops with professional development and training, a unified advocacy voice in government, as well as proven strategies for implementing a successful co-op business strategy. The NCGA currently represents 136 food co-ops in 37 states.



Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers’ Markets


New Orleans Food Co-op


The New Orleans Food Co-op is dedicated to providing their community with access to healthy food and fair prices; being the center of community activity; promoting local and regional food production; keeping capital and jobs in the community; practicing environmental responsibility and sustainability; and reflecting their unique and diverse community.



Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers Markets



Northeast Organic Farming Association

The Northeast Organic Farming Association is the umbrella organization for collective action projects of each of the state NOFA chapters. Based out of Connecticut, it includes chapters in NY, NH, NJ, RI, MA, CT, and VT. NOFA represents these chapters in organizing with other regional organizations such as the Northeast Interstate Organic Certification Committee to advocate for increased production and consumption of organic foods. The association provides education conferences, workshops, farm tours, and publications for farmers, consumers, and land care professionals.

Stakeholder Group: Farmers and Farmer Co-operatives Associations


Olympia Food Co-op

Olympia Food Coop

The Olympia Food Co-op, located in Olympia, WA is a consumer cooperative which prides itself in its egalitarian form of decision making. Based on the idea that all people should have access to healthy, humane food, the co-op strives to establish a supportive, dynamic community in Olympia around the cause of providing local, organic, and fair trade goods. The co-op is active in providing community building and educational events on the importance of eating healthy, local, and socially conscious food.


Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives, and Farmers’ Markets


Once Again Nut Butter

Once Again Nut Butter began when two friends came purchased a coffee roaster and one day put nuts into the roaster as an experiment. It was a rousing success and since then it has grown into a state of the art, 100% employee owned, nut processing company that is a leader in social responsibility and land stewardship. Once Again strives to provide health conscious consumers with sustainable, responsible butter alternative that places the health and well-being of its producers, employees, and customers ahead of profits.

Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organization/Processors

Organically Grown Company 

imageFounded in 1978, employee and grower-owned Organically Grown Company (OGC) is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. From its facilities in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Kent, Washington, OGC serves over 500 natural and fine foods stores and restaurants located throughout the Northwest, and retail and wholesale accounts in other western states and Canada. Over 95% of OGC’s product line comes directly from over 400 growers and 32% of products sold come from Northwest farms. OGC’s trademarked LADYBUG brand represents more than 30 family-owned, organic and Salmon Safe, certified farms in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and is sold in markets throughout the United States. OGC has been recognized as a leader in sustainable business practices including sourcing 100% renewable energy in facilities, support for fair trade and charitable giving. Our mission is “Promoting health through organic agriculture as a leading sustainable organization.”

Stakeholder Group: Intermediary Trading Organization/Processors


Organic Consumers Association

The Organic Consumers Association, started in 1998 in response to USDA proposals on organics, is the nation s only organization focused on promoting the views and interests of organic consumers. The OCA takes on issues such as food security, genetic engineering, sustainability, corporate accountability and much more. The OCA represents over 850,000 members and volunteers with the goal of expanding the influence of as well as the access to organics in society.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Organic Valley Family of Farms

Organic Valley Family of Farms is a marketing cooperative that promotes farm diversity and economic stability through organic methods of farming and production. Started in 1988 in Wisconsin, Organic Valley has become the number one source of organic milk in the country. Organic Valley thrives through gaining the voices of farmers in all parts of the country to create as sustainable and environmentally friendly business structure as possible.


Stakeholder Group: Farmers and Farmer Co-operatives Associations


Pesticide Action Network of North America

Pan Action Network of North America is a collaboration of five global PAN chapters created to fight against the use of chemical pesticides both regionally and globally. PAN takes on the issue of pesticide use in various capacities. From looking at the personal harms of ingesting food grown using pesticides, to fighting for farmworkers on farms that use pesticides, to studying the harms they have on the environment, PAN works to better understand and inform people about the possible consequences of these practices. Founded in 1982, PAN both offers its own studies on these topics as well as forms coalitions with others fighting against pesticides and the food systems in which pesticides are traditionally used with the goal influencing significant policy change on a regional, national, and international level.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Red Tomato

Red Tomato is a nonprofit with the mission of connecting organic farmers in the northeast to fair markets in the region. Created with the belief that family farms, locally owned, and ecologically conscious are the best ways to offer and eat produce, Red Tomato is constantly working with farmers, buyers, and consumers to both educate and facilitate agreements that are beneficial to all parties involved. All of this is done with the sanctity and well-being of the environment in mind.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Rural Advancement Foundation International

The Rural Advancement Foundation International is a non-profit aimed at creating change in the food system through both farmer-led policy work and market reforms. Started in North Carolina and spreading influence throughout the southeast, the approach of RAFI is built on the assumption that environmental sustainability, economic viability, and social justice are linked and farmers should be rewarded for acting in the best interests of these ideas.


Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organizations/NGOs


Seward Community Co-op

Seward Community Co-op

Seward Community Co-op opened its doors for the first time in 1972. Seward is a consumer cooperative based in Minneapolis, MN. Seward focuses on providing healthy, organically grown food to its members as well as the greater community. Seward is an 11,000 member coop which now employs 220 people. It s most recent building is LEED certified and is used as both a food cooperative as well as a community center based around wellness and empowerment.


Stakeholder Group: Retailers, Food Co-operatives and Farmers’ Markets


Swanton Berry Farm

Swanton Berry Farm is an organic berry (and vegetable) farm located near Pescadero, CA. Swanton Berry Farm prides itself on being the first farm to sign an agreement with the AFL-CIO unions group. They are strongly committed to the well being of their workers by offering a wide range of benefits which emphasize the health and happiness of both them and their families. The farm s missions are constructed around the ideas of consciousness and empowerment-understanding for all people the importance of a healthy and humane food system.


Stakeholder Group: Farmers and Farmer Co-operatives and Associations


Willamette Seed and Grain

Willamette Seed and Grain is a farm and mill dedicated to providing local, organic, and fresh grains to the communities of the Willamette Valley. Located in Tangent OR and milled in Brownsville, Willamette Seed and Grain practices environmentally sustainable techniques which contribute to the health of both water and nature systems inside the Willamette valley. Willamette Seed and Grain works to import nothing from outside the valley, providing business to a wide range of work sectors to the area.

Stakeholder Group: Farmers and Farmer Cooperatives and Associations

Ben & Jerry’s 

UnknownBen & Jerry’s believes in something much more important than simply making a profit for selling its goods. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2014 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs currently total over $2.5MM to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community.  For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients.

Stakeholder Group: Associate Member