Membership is open to homesteaders and hobby farmers throughout the United States that engage in non-toxic and/or grass-based farming and do not engage in practices that endanger the environment or harm the health of others.
The main difference between a farmer and homesteader is economic intent. For farmer members, farming is meant to be a supportive vocation (even if farmer is working another job). For homesteaders, self-sufficiency and other such ideals are the goal, and economic interests are secondary.
The practical cut offs for the homesteader membership category are:
- Less than $15,000 per year in gross sales
- Less than 10 acres farmed (as opposed to leased or owned; one may own a great deal more land but still just be homesteading)
This category will not include those producing raw milk; anyone doing that needs to be a farmer member.
Homesteaders enjoy a wide range of benefits as members, including access to our free members only website, online webinars, consulting with our attorneys, 24/7 member hotline, and more.
Non-Member Consulting Agreements are also available for those who have a philosophical objection to membership in an organization that engages in litigation. See sidebar for details.
Thank you for helping us to further our mission.
Annual Membership: $75
Payment Plans: $20/quarter
Auto Renew is an option for seamless membership; this option is required for payment plans.
Membership provides homesteaders with the following:
Potential legal representation to defend production and distribution of farm products directly to the consumer.
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 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.
Advice on federal, state and local agriculture and health department regulations affecting direct distribution of farm products.
Access to information on legal and regulatory issues that could affect your right to provide and obtain nutritious farm products. This includes access to the Members Only site, which includes other educational items and example documents. Future plans include developing a legal clearinghouse.