We envision a food and fiber system for Kentucky that provides safe, adequate, and nutritious food for human consumption in a manner that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable and is a vital component of the state’s economy.
CFA’s mission is to organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens, through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes, to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale agriculture in our economies and communities.
- We believe that the prosperity of rural and urban communities are linked and that economic development must include rural and urban citizens working together; that rural and urban citizens together must restore agriculture that serves the interests of this mutual community.
- We believe that agriculture can be founded on traditional values and sustainable farming methods, on farms that produce products for people rather than commodities for markets, and with the cooperation of both rural and urban citizens.
- We believe that the independent family farmers are the most reliable, efficient, careful producers of food and fiber for our citizens. We believe that healthy farms provide a foundation for strong rural community life.
- We believe that all workers and farmers must be allowed a fair return for their labor.
- We believe that communities must be economically stable in order to be healthy and prosperous, and that local control over economic development results in healthier communities.
- We believe that all people have the right to organize to identify their own long-term needs and to act to secure those needs; that democracy must be inclusive. All people, regardless of race, income, gender, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, nationality or religion, need to join together in creating responsive policies and prosperous communities.
- To build an organization to improve the quality of life in rural and urban communities.
- To hold institutions accountable.
- To foster the development of policies and programs that reflect the mutual needs and priorities of rural and urban communities.
- To create participatory democratic economic development systems in rural and urban communities across Kentucky.