A Brief History of Black Land Ownership in the U.S.

Black land loss – the loss of land ownership and rights – dates back to the mid-19th century, where in some states Black Americans were prohibited from owning land after the Civil War ended. Meanwhile, the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves but did not guarantee a right to land ownership. While the “40 acres and a …

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Climate Change and the Food System

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern According to a 2019 report released by the World Resources Institute, agricultural production contributes about 25% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year. As global temperatures continue to rise, climate change will have long-lasting impacts on our food system and natural environments—an issue that requires action now …

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Farmer Reads: Owl’s Nest Farm

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern  This post is the first in a series of conversations with our Farmer Advisory Council members to learn what books inspire them and inform their farming practices.  Fair Farms recently caught up with Liz Whitehurst, owner and operator of Owl’s Nest Farm, who has been a part of …

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A Look at Tenant Farming in Maryland

Written by Morgan Johnson, Staff Attorney “Buy land—they aren’t making it anymore.” These words from Mark Twain underscore a concept that tenant farmers are well aware of—land is scarce. Scarcity drives up costs, and presents an imbalance in the power to choose what, when, and how changes may be made to farmland. Roughly 64% of …

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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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