Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting
consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.
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Affiliate Community Membership
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Membership is open to communities throughout the United States, such as consumer groups obtaining food directly from farmers and artisan food producers.  Such communities seek to defend the rights of farmers and artisan food producers to provide these foods direct to consumers.

A community qualifying for Affiliate membership is a formal or loosely organized group of farmers and/or consumers that engages in and/or supports direct-to-consumer distribution of farm products and artisan foods. Examples include buyers clubs, food co-ops, farmers co-ops, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and sustainable agriculture non-profits.

The associated members of an Affiliate are invited to join the Fund and, for their first year of membership, receive a 20% discount (i.e., $40 for Consumers; $100 for Farmers and Artisan Food Producers). If you are part of an Affiliate Community ask about the membership discount.

Thank you for helping us to further our mission.

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Annual Membership: $250 minimum
The minimum of $250 covers up to 50 associated members of an Affiliate community.  For communities with more than fifty associated members, add $5/person beyond the first 50. If you have any questions, please call us at 703-208-3276 or email

Payment Plans: No options are available for this category of membership since the associated membership is likely to fluctuate.

Apply online, or call 703-208-3276 to complete the application by phone.

Renew your membership.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Membership provides affiliates with the following:

Legal Defense
Potential legal representation to defend your community's access to raw milk and other healthy products directly from farmers and artisan food producers.

Consistent with Internal Revenue Service regulations, we cannot guarantee representation in every case. However, in practice, we will come to the aid of our members to protect and advance the rights of all to grow, raise, prepare, provide, purchase and consume nutrient-dense foods.

Our 24-hour hotline for legal emergencies any time of day or night.

Participation in direct commerce knowing that lobbying and advocacy are available in the event of government interference.

Sound Advice
Advice on federal, state and local agriculture and health department regulations affecting direct distribution of farm products and artisan foods.

Accurate Information
Access to information on legal and regulatory issues that could affect your right to provide and obtain nutritious farm products and artisan foods. This includes access to the Members Only site, which includes other educational items and example documents. Future plans include developing a legal clearinghouse.

In addition, all Affiliate members receive a copy of the Food Club and Co-op Handbook by John Moody.

All members enjoy a 15% discount on all shopping cart purchases from our online store.

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Affiliate Community Membership
See also:
Other Memberships

Artisan Food Producers


Non-Member Consulting
For those Farmers who have a
philosophical objection to
membership in an organization
that engages in litigation, they
may enter into a non-member
consulting agreement with the
Fund to obtain all the services
and benefits offered except
legal representation

Examples of such persons
include farmers from the
Mennonite, Amish or other Anabaptist faiths.

Gift Handbook
Affiliate members are
eligible to receive a FREE copy
of Food Club and Co-op
Handbook by John Moody   
Food Club and Co-op