Black Farmers Index partnered with the Organic Trade Association in a commitment to diversify organic agribusiness by getting more Black growers on The Index certified as organic agriculturalists.
How? Join OTA's Diversity and Entrepreneurship Program. Where it says, "How did you hear about us?" Mention Black Farmers Index, trust us there is a perk.
What are the benefits of signing up through Black Farmers Index? You will automatically receive a 2-year OTA membership. Moreover, OTA has committed to dedicating whatever resources they can in order to get you certified, starting with a dynamic program we've reviewed.
In addition to the diversity and entrepreneurship program, you will be invited to a range of talks, conferences and working sessions that will deepen your knowledge of the organic agricultural industry and connect you to business opportunities. The good thing is, OTA knows you're a grower so they will accommodate your needs.
As well, through BFI, every participant receives additional support from us, as we are in close communication with the Diversity and Entrepreneurship Program. Plus, OTA will highlight your business once the certificate is granted. Through the certification and OTA membership, you are introduced to thousands of vendors in the organic trade across the world via OTA's extensive ecosystem.
What are the requirements? This program accepts U.S.-based businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by Black, Latino, Native/Indigenous, Pacific Islander or women. Here are a few more requirements.
How much does it cost? It's FREE.
What if I'm already certified organic? If you are on The Index, you will receive a 2-year FREE membership in the Organic Trade Association. As a Black farmer, your business will be highlighted to their thousands of members.
Getting certified is expensive. How much financial support do I get? $750 will go towards the certification process.
Do I need to attend classes? Yes, they are one-on-one, virtual classes designed for grower in mind.
How long is the program? It is a two-year commitment in a program designed to give you the most knowledgeable experts and highest resources.
Will I have my certification at the end of the program? Each state has its own certification process, thus every grower will have their own timeline. While the goal is to ensure your certification, the program commits to taking you as far into the process as possible. If you decide to stay on as an OTA member after the years, you will receive support through the bevy of workshops and resources through your membership.
How do I sign up? Click here to fill out the application for the Organic Trade Association's Diversity and Entrepreneurship Program. Remember, where it says, "How did you hear about us?" Mention Black Farmers Index.
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