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

Sneak Peek: “The Future of Food”

Fair Farms was lucky enough to be featured as part of The Click & Pledge Foundation’s “The Next Generation” project. They decided to highlight Fair Farms and the ways in which our farmer partners are working to create a food system that nourishes the environment and sustainably feeds the world for generations to come. Check…
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Ten Lessons from the Fair Farms Initiative

Written by Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and founder of Fair Farms. This piece was originally published on the Waterkeeper Alliance website. 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…
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That’s a Wrap! Check out Our Successes this Legislative Session

The 2019 Maryland legislative session has come to a close. We are grateful and proud that so many of our bills were successful this year – from incentivizing the purchase of local foods, to ensuring that antibiotics are used responsibly in farming. e vow to keep fighting for those that were not.  Here’s our end-of-session…
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What we’re up to this Maryland General Assembly!

Spring is almost here, and the Fair Farms team can’t wait! But right now, we are busy in Annapolis working to advance a number of initiatives — from incentivizing the purchase of local foods to promoting healthy soils practices — with the goal of building our new food system. Check out where the bills are…
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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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Alicia LaPorte and Goat

Bittersweet News for Fair Farms

Dear friends, I’m writing to share the bittersweet news that I am stepping down as Fair Farms Campaign Manager. It has been so rewarding to see the Fair Farms movement grow into a powerful force for a new food future. Together, we have helped bring about exciting wins to build a more sustainable and equitable…
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Sanderson Farms Antibiotics Victory

VICTORY: Poultry Giant Sanderson Farms Quits Antibiotics Habit

We did it! At long last, Sanderson Farms, the third largest poultry company in the country, has announced that they will end the preventative use of antibiotics on their farms. This is a big win in the fight against antibiotic resistant superbugs and we couldn’t have done it without folks like you speaking out! Almost…
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Carole Morison with Hens

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

This is a guest post by Carole Morison who was featured in the documentary “Food, Inc.” and was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders Award. This piece was originally posted on Carole’s blog. It’s seems like we are hearing more and more about some type of recall on the food that we eat. Multi-state…
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