“Parting Thought” by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

Written by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper Originally published in the “Parting Thought” column of A.T. Journeys Magazine AS THE PANDEMIC TOOK HOLD OF THE WORLD, group hikes and travel to hiking destinations became less safe and so the call of the trails increasingly uncertain. But the urge to get outside transformed into a constant craving. …

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Partner Spotlight: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern For this month’s Partner Spotlight, we are highlighting the work of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. We got in touch with Pamela Hess, Executive Director, to get an insider’s look at Arcadia’s work and how that has shifted in light of COVID-19.  The current food system …

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Fair Farms Partner Highlight : Good Dog Farm

Fair Farms Partner Highlight : Good Dog Farm Good Dog Farm is a 5 acre sustainable vegetable farm located in Parkton, MD. Founded in 2016 by Joanna Winkler and Bryan Alexander, Good Dog Farm supplies locally grown and certified USDA Organic food to Baltimore area residents. They’re currently in peak tomato season, sometimes bringing in …

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One Farmer’s Journey Growing Specialty Crops in Maryland

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern John Manirakiza is a farmer in Beltsville, Maryland who grows African ethnic crops, also known as heritage or specialty crops, at Firebird Research Farm at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). John first gained interest in this type of production in 2009 when he spent the …

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A Firsthand Look at Farming During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern Since March, challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed many flaws in our food system. From empty shelves in grocery stores to meatpacking facility closures, consumers have become ever more conscious of the complicated system that brings food to our plates. Farmers around the country have also …

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