We Are Fair Farms

A campaign for healthy food, land, and waterways

Who We Are

Fair Farms is building a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them.

Visionary family farmers who are working with the deck stacked against them are at the heart of a sustainable food system. Growing food in balance with nature rather than struggling against it, they are farming against the grain and forging a new path to supplying Marylanders with an abundance of natural, earth-friendly food.

Car Ride at Shine and Rise FarmThese visionary farmers are the exception in our out-of-balance food system—a system that rewards the practices of large-scale, industrial farm operations who are producing cheap food with steep hidden costs. Even though many large-scale farmers have the best of intentions, there is no way around the fact that certain agricultural practices compromise public health, harm our waterways, and ignore the long-term health of the soil. Most of our food is produced by these farms. The system needs to change.

The Fair Farms Campaign brings together consumers, farmers, public health professionals, and conservationists to advocate for visionary farming practices and support farmers who farm against the grain while protecting our waterways and our lands.  Together, with our Farmer Advisory Council, our Steering Committee and other Partners, we will build a truly sustainable food system that is fair to all.

Contact: Info (at) FairFarmsNow.org.

Join us in taking charge of the future of our food and our ecosystem today…

Latest Posts

Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2020

With a new year comes new priorities for the Fair Farms campaign to focus on in the Maryland state legislature. We hope that you will be an involved participant in the legislative process this session. Write and call your legislators, submit testimony, and support bills by talking with family and friends and encouraging them to…

Press Release: Fair Farms Receives $5,000 Grant from Farm Aid

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2019 CONTACT: Shelby Kalm, Fair Farms Campaign Manager, [email protected] FAIR FARMS CAMPAIGN RECEIVES $5,000 GRANT FROM FARM AID [Takoma Park, Md] — Fair Farms was awarded a $5,000 grant from Farm Aid to bring together consumers, farmers, and conservationists to advocate for a food system that is equitable, fair…

Gov. Hogan: Support Local Farmers

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. This year, we’re urging Governor Hogan to include funding for: Certified Local Farmer Enterprise Program…

Video Release: “The Future of Food”

Fair Farms just released our newest video—The Future of Food—in partnership with the Click & Pledge Foundation’s “The Next Generation” project. Campaign Manager Shelby Kalm brings to the screen untold stories of Fair Farms partners who are creating a food system that nourishes the environment and sustainably feeds their communities. The farmers that we spoke…

Sneak Peek: “The Future of Food”

Fair Farms is proud to partner with Click & Pledge Foundation’s “The Next Generation” project to highlight untold stories of efforts that set young people up for success in their communities. Check out a sneak peak of our film trailer highlighting Fair Farms and the ways in which our farmer partners such as Grand View…

Ten Lessons from the Fair Farms Initiative

By Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake (first printed as a Waterkeeper Alliance blog) As an environmental lawyer, I was trained to see regulators and courts as the sole path to improvement. But I’ve found that going in with guns blazing and lawyers filing doesn’t get you everything you need, especially when dealing with…

Steps You Can Take for a More Sustainable Maryland

From the beautiful rolling hills of Western Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Bays of the Eastern Shore, here in the Old Line State we are lucky to have access to very diverse ecosystems. From our cities to farmlands to sandy beaches, we must all work together to preserve our great state and…

Five Questions with Farmer Peter Elmore of Star Bright Farm

Fair Farms has been lucky to work with Peter Elmore of Star Bright Farm. Peter is an active member of our Farmer Advisory Council, has hosted us for farm volunteer days,and even recently joined us in Annapolis to testify in support of the Maryland Farms & Families Fund. Fair Farms is also working with Peter…


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