COVID-19 Exposes Gaps in the Food System and the Resilience of Small Farms

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has seen disruptions in the food supply across the country. With outbreaks in factories and meatpacking plants, and restaurant and big-box grocery store closures, cracks in the food system have been revealed. While uncertainty remains around how our food supply will …

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Webinar: Supporting Sustainable Farmers During a Pandemic & Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the precarious nature of industrial agriculture and how the few companies dominating this sector often leave out contract farmers and essential workers at all levels of the supply chain. A resilient, equitable local and regional food system is more important than ever. This crisis offers us an …

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Living Local: Assateague Farm

This article was written by as part of the “Living Local: Small-Scale, Large Impact” project by Chandler Joiner, Environmental Educator at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. When driving down Assateague Road, it is difficult to miss the Assateague Farm roadside stand stocked full of produce, flowers, firewood, and handmade crafts. The stand is situated between …

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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 …

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Coronavirus and Our Interconnected Food System

The coronavirus reminds us just how interconnected our food system is.  While the food supply appears to be, as of today, remaining steady, questions abound about the impacts we may see. For starters, the virus is impacting thousands of farmworkers who pick, process, and pack fruits and vegetables for U.S. consumers. With border closures, there …

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Support Farm to Institution Initiatives in Maryland

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 …

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