Our Commitment to Equity

We acknowledge ...

...that there are many injustices in the current food system. The land on which we currently work and live was once stolen from the Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, Pueblo and Shoshone tribes, among others, native to most of CO. Generations of economic discrimination have resulted in people of color only owning 2% of the land in the US. Many diet related illnesses impact communities of color at disproportionate rates as food apartheid neighborhoods lack access to healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food. Additionally, a majority of farm workers in the US are people of hispanic and latin american descent and are often subject to exploitation, sexual violence, unequal housing opportunities, and low wages. Farm workers lack protections because they do not have the right to unionize and as many as 75% are undocumented.

In order to make progress in reversing these injustices, it is critical to acknowledge that they are rooted in race and class disparities. GoFarm is committing time and resources towards becoming a more equitable organization and furthering efforts to build a just and equitable food system.

To move us toward our goal:

  • We acknowledge that our organizational staff and leadership is not yet representative of our community. We are committed to making progress in this area.

  • As we hire more full-time, part-time, or seasonal staff, we will host equity training assignments that encourage them to think through equity work and how it relates to our organization and our community. We will compensate them for time working through this issue and taking the time to work with an equity lense. 

  • We will host annual equity trainings, focused on racial equity within the food system, with our board and staff, to align all the decision makers around what it means to act in a fair and just way.

  • We will explore the opportunity to create an equity committee to create accountability for our organization to behave in equitable ways always. This committee will help lead, educate, and challenge our staff throughout the process.

  • We commit to sharing stories with our customers and with the community that break down stereotypes that impede equity. We will share resources and information on how other people can get involved in equity work to make our food system more just.

  • We commit to standing up and using our voice as individuals and as an organization when we see racial injustice. Courage to call people in to a conversation

  • We know that advocacy and policy are important components to creating change within a system. We commit to staying aware and up to date on how new policies are affecting our food system, and support advocacy efforts that make our system more fair and just. This includes taking an organization stance and engaging our shareholders and community when appropriate. 

What we’ve done so far

  • Our team members have participated in educational opportunities as individuals and as a group, including the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Food Solutions New England Racial Equity Challenge, with facilitated full staff discussions in 2019 and 2020, and engaging in the larger group discussions of the 2020 Front Range Racial Equity Food Challenge 

  • GoFarm’s Community Food Access programming is built on community engagement and relationships. We gather input both formally and informally from our partners and customers. Because we are striving to build authentic relationships with our partners as well as with our customers, we are able to learn from this feedback and use it to inform the changes we make to our programming. We challenge ourselves to look for the ways that power differentials manifest in community work and to work to shift those dynamics by building power with our community members while we build relationships.

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  • Worked as a full staff to collaboratively craft this equity statement

We acknowledge that this is lifelong work and we are just at the beginning. As such, we are committed to ongoing learning, reflection, and action. This statement should be considered a living document that we will regularly update to evolve with our organization and the greater movement for equity and justice in the food system. As an organization and as individuals, we are likely to make many mistakes along the way. We will take ownership of those mistakes and seek to remedy any harm we have caused.

We invite you to join us in this conversation and take action with us. We welcome any ideas, feedback and suggestions on how GoFarm can approach our work in a more equitable way, and become a more equitable organization. Contact Us.

GoFarm works to transform our local food system into one that is thriving, environmental sustainable, and equitable for all. Through our three program areas, we support and mentor local farmers, make healthy food more affordable and accessible to under-resourced communities, and connect people with where their food comes from.

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