At the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, we are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our work—and to creating a safe, welcoming, and loving community on the farm. We strive for inclusive representation on our board and staff, equitable decision-making processes, and the delivery of programs that promote racial and economic justice. As an agricultural institution, we feel it is our responsibility to acknowledge and actively fight against the systemic exploitation and disenfranchisement of people of color when it comes to land access and farming. We do not discriminate—or tolerate discrimination or disrespectful behavior—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.
In 2020, following the outcry at the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and public witness to police brutality and racism in all its manifestations, Phillies Bridge initiated a formal process of self-reflection and situating our organizational and personal histories in the context of systemic inequality. That fall we hired a professional racial justice educator to lead the board in two Diversity and Inclusion training sessions. As a result of this work, we started the process of reimagining how our organization could actively build and maintain an inclusive environment and be an effective ally to the community across all our differences. We have begun to hold regular racial equity meetings where we discuss next steps and examine anti-racism on personal and organizational levels.
In an effort to hold ourselves accountable, we have committed to work toward the following goals:
- Develop a means to evaluate our progress toward becoming a more inclusive institution;
- Review and develop policies to promote a more inclusive and equitable environment;
- Involve members with a breadth of experiences and identities on our board, staff, committees, education programs, and CSA;
- Continue to partner with organizations who are experts in the needs of their local communities; and
- Reexamine the history of the farm through an anti-racist lens.
We plan to monitor our progress toward diversity and inclusion through our CSA surveys, our staff, the demographics of students in our education programs, and the membership of our board and committees.
In 2021, 20% of the produce grown at Phillies Bridge will be going to participants in our food justice programs, which serve low-income families and historically disadvantaged groups.
Feedback from our community members is crucial to our success. Phillies Bridge has a range of committees, all of which are deeply involved in realizing important organization-wide changes. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you are interested in joining a committee or have perspectives you would like to share with us.
This statement is a working document. We will make updates and revisions as we learn more about our history and make progress towards our goals.
Last revised February 23, 2022