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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Fair Farms Eco-Conscious Resolutions

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern As we leave behind 2020 and embark on a new year, Fair Farms has put together some small sustainable, environmentally friendly New Year’s resolutions that can have monumental impacts.  Cook More Meals  Cooking food at home can reduce food waste and plastic waste, and it also gives you …

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A Short History of Black Cooperatives in the U.S.

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern Throughout American history, Black Americans have been denied access to the resources needed to prosper and have been denied equal protection under governing laws and regulations. As a response to a racist system and in an effort to survive, many Black communities used cooperative business models not only …

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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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