Indiana Farmers Market Community of Practice is established and funded by a USDA Ag Marketing Service Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant (2020-2023); as such, we adhere to USDA policies and procedures, specifically, to the 2021 EEO statement:
“We will work at all times without regard to race, color, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (including neurodiversity), genetic information, veteran status or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable federal, state or local law.”
The Indiana Farmers Market Community of Practice understands that achieving a resilient, strong, and vibrant farmers market starts with a local foods system that depends on equity and inclusion for all groups who have been, and still are, marginalized. Under this umbrella, we include Black, Indigenous, and all people of color or BIPOC; women, immigrants; small-scale and limited-resource farmers; people with disabilities; and LGBTQA+ communities.
Increasing the diversity of the INFMCP and its partners involves broadening the scope of individuals, organizations, and partners with whom we work. We are committed to educating ourselves, being fair, transparent, and listening to and learning from diverse communities to cultivate humility; increase our cultural awareness; and improve our ability to address issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).
*LGBTQA+ = LGBTQIA+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual. The plus allows the term to cover all different subsects like allies, pansexual, androgynous and polyamorous