Fair Farms Campaign


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

The Challenge

For too long, food, water and public health have been disconnected in the public dialogue and in our organizing and advocacy work. At first glance, a threatened habitat in the Chesapeake watershed seems to have little to do with the price of organic chicken or a food desert in Baltimore, but this disconnect is itself fueling the crisis. Our food systems and our ecosystems are badly damaged — to heal one we must heal them both. It’s time to align all of our critical efforts and build a big-tent, collaborative initiative to tackle — and win — on the root causes that affect all of our communities.

Fair Farms Maryland is a multi-year public education and engagement campaign scheduled to launch later this year. With support from consumers, businesses, farmers working outside the industrial system, and allied nonprofit organizations, we can show that what’s good for our food system and our environment is also good for our families and communities. We can demand greater transparency from our elected officials and big food producers, and demand limits on pollution. We can also build a fairer system that helps farmers be sustainable, benefits families, and restores our lands and waters.

We are building the communications and strategy tools we need to enhance the hard work already underway, bring in new partners, and change the system.

The Fair Farms campaign is a partner in the Million Acre Challenge that is helping Maryland farmers build soil health, increase farm profitability, and improve water quality — while making farms resilient and active in the face of climate change. This farmer-focused collaborative uses soil health science, economics, education, and incentives to achieve no fewer than one million acres of healthy soil in Maryland by 2030.

Will you join us?

We all share the responsibility of promoting a safe, healthy, sustainable, and fair food system.

Go to our campaign website and sign our pledge to be a Fair Farms consumer.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tell your friends about us!

Become a partner to the campaign. Email us here if you want to help.

Latest Posts

Rebuilding Equity into our Local Food System

Join the Fair Farms campaign online for Rebuilding Equity into our Local Food System on Thursday, November 19, 5:00 – 6:30pm for a discussion on how the global COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the existing inequities in our local food systems. Along with challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge the movement against … Read more

Take the Pledge for Healthy Soil!

Fair Farms Blog Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Clear Choices Clean Water campaign added a new pledge on healthy soils to emphasize the importance of soil health and how integral soil is to food production, water sources, and the climate and environment in general. Here at Fair Farms, we’re excited about this new pledge that encourages residents living … Read more

Webinar: Supporting Sustainable Farmers During a Pandemic & Beyond

The coronavirus 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 … Read more

Fair Farms Campaign 2020 Legislative Wins!

Fair Farms blog. In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Maryland General Assembly decided to adjourn a few weeks early, on March 18th. We’re thankful that our elected officials acted quickly to protect public health, while also accomplishing a tremendous amount in a short period of time. Thanks to their steadfastness, and … Read more

Fair Farms Campaign 2020 Legislative Priorities

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Steps You Can Take for a More Sustainable Maryland

Fair Farms Blog 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 … Read more

Maryland Farmers for a Green New Deal

Fair Farms Blog Written by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association The Green New Deal is the first Congressional proposal to tackle climate change that includes strategies related to food and farming. The Green New Deal would “. . . secure for all people of the United States for generations to come: clean air and water; climate and community … Read more

The Role Community Businesses Can Play In Supporting Our Farms

Fair Farms Blog By Jane Bloodworth Rowe An excellent way to create a sustainable community with a locally-based food market is through partnerships between area growers and retailers who can help sell their products. Here in Maryland, one such partnership has developed between the Rooster + Hen Store, an organic general store with locations in … Read more

Farmworkers’ Fight for a Livable Wage

Fair Farms Blog By Doreen Paster Maryland made national news during the 2019 legislative session. The General Assembly passed, and then overrode the governor’s veto of a significant increase in the minimum wage to $15/hour over the coming years. Maryland is only the 6th state in the country to do so. The increase in the … Read more