Take Action: Support Urban Agriculture in Maryland

Take Action to establish the Urban Agriculture Grant Program (SB673/HB269)! Sponsored by Sen. Gallion and Del. Wells, this meaningful bill would establish an Urban Agriculture Grant Program and Fund housed within the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). It will be up to MDA to establish and define the program, but the bill is a necessary first …

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Take Action: Fight Food Insecurity and Support Local Farmers in Maryland!

The Food Donation Pilot Program was originally established in 2017 thanks to the advocacy of Fair Farms consumers and farmers like you. This initial iteration of the program gave farmers in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County a tax credit, up to $5,000 per farm, for food that is donated to eligible food pantries. Due to …

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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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Press Release: Governor Vetoes Farm to Institution Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2020 CONTACT: Shelby Kalm, Fair Farms Campaign Manager, shelby@fairfarmsnow.org Governor Vetoes Farm to Institution Program [Takoma Park, Md] — Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that he has vetoed legislation that requires increased spending – including the establishment of the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program and Certified Local Farm Enterprise Food …

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Fair Farms Interview Series: Maryland Delegate Dana Stein

Written by Susan Webb Delegate Dana Stein is a strong advocate for the environment. As Chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Open Space subcommittee, Del. Stein oversees legislation affecting Chesapeake Bay fisheries, farming, hunting regulations, and land preservation. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee since 2015, influencing …

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