Mission, Vision, Values


TC Growers

The Sustainable Farming Association advances environmental stewardship, economic resilience and strong, diverse communities through farmer-to-farmer networking, education, demonstration and research.


Grazing cattle

Agriculture, done well, heals.

We believe agriculture done well heals by connecting people, plants and animals to the land.

We believe agriculture should heal and connect people, plants and animals to the land.

To achieve this, we see our landscape populated by resilient sustainable farms, resulting in healthy soil, healthy food, clean water, strong communities and a positive impact on our climate.


Walking down road

  • A vibrant, robust farmer-to-farmer network
  • Strong chapters with effective leadership and programing
  • Healthy soils
  • Widespread livestock integration into farming operations
  • A spirit of learning
  • New ideas and projects
  • Awareness of the true cost and value of sustainable farm products
  • High quality habitat for fish, wildlife and pollinators
  • Diversity of all types (people, farming methods and operations, biodiversity)
  • A community of cooperation and sharing
  • Partnerships and strategic alliances
  • Equity and inclusion of underserved communities in programs, leadership and membership

The SFA Board of Directors has approved the USDA Legal Definition of Sustainable Agriculture as SFA's official definition. The USDA definition reads:

The term "sustainable agriculture" (U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long-term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Click here to view the USDA definition on its website.