The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program.
We are pleased to announce that 2022 was a year of strong growth, with the addition of new participating growers, and 2023 is continuing that trend. In October of 2022, the Program added its first international farm – Araucania Flowers in southern Chile – growing peonies and tulips.
Additionally, Hardee Fresh, the only organic vertical farm in the US and located right here in our FL backyard, joined in 2022. Halton Peters, President, had this to share about the new partnership: “At Hardee Fresh we want to provide the best produce for our customers and the best working conditions and opportunities for advancement for our workers…Participation in the Fair Food Program furthers our pursuit of our goal…”
Closing out 2022, Rancho Durazno, our first-ever farm out west in Colorado, brought its melons and peaches into the Program. Gwen Cameron, co-owner, had this to say about abuse in the fields: “I hope those types of abuses are not happening, but the point is, we don’t know. That’s what [this program] is for.”
And finally, Good Dog Farm in Upperco MD joined the program in early 2023 with their lettuce, sweet potato, and squash.
The FFSC looks forward to the collaborative partnerships that have been initiated with these new growers, and the potential for future growth in states and countries where growers are interested in adopting the unique benefits and protections afforded by the Fair Food Program.