Take the Clear Choices Clean Water Pollinator Pledge to Celebrate Pollinator Month!

Written by Casey Willson, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Intern  June is pollinator month for the Clear Choices Clean Water Campaign at Waterkeepers Chesapeake and we can’t wait to share all the amazing things that our native pollinators do for us and our ecosystems! A pollinator is any insect or animal that spreads pollen from plant to plant, …

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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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Take Action: Fund the Maryland Healthy Soils Program

Take Action to fund the Maryland Healthy Soils Program (HB8)! This important bill, sponsored by Del. Krimm, would allow Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to be used for the currently-unfunded Maryland Healthy Soils Program, encouraging and supporting farmers in their journey to build soil health. Benefits of healthy soils on Maryland’s farmland: Increases farm …

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Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2021

With a new year comes new priorities for the Fair Farms campaign to focus on in the Maryland state legislature. With 2020 being particularly challenging, we hope that 2021 will give us the opportunity to pass legislation that can mitigate shortcomings in our food system that were brought to light last year. We hope that …

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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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