Fair Farms Policy & Legislative Priorities

Fair Farms advocates on a wide array of important issues during this Maryland General Assembly session, which runs January through early April. We need your help! Every year we will offer opportunities for you to lift up your voice with your legislators in support of these critical issues. We will keep this page updated with information about bills and opportunities to write and call your legislators, submit testimony, and spread the word in an effort to turn these important policies into law.

Latest Priorities

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…

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…

Take Action: Get locally-grown food into Maryland institutions!

With your help, last year Maryland created the Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Study Group whose goal has been to increase the amount of locally grown food procured by Maryland institutions, providing more market opportunities for our local farming community. Out of that diverse network of stakeholders, came the idea to establish the two important…

VA Farmers’ Markets Should be ‘Essential’ during COVID-19 Crisis

Farmers’ markets are a critical component of Virginia’s food system and economy as they provide affordable, fresh, and nutritious food directly to consumers, and keep much needed capital within their local communities. Moreover, farmers’ markets also play an instrumental role in communities’ food security systems, as surplus stocks are donated to area food banks, and…