Fair Farms Campaign

Vision

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

Fair Farms Campaign Manager – Job Notice

Waterkeepers Chesapeake seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing self-starter with a passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental justice to manage its Fair Farms Campaign. The Fair Farms Campaign Manager manages all aspects of the Fair Farms Campaign and is meaningfully involved in Maryland’s environmental and sustainable agriculture communities. Whether building partnerships, participating in collaborative projects, crafting … Read more

A Bittersweet Goodbye

Dear Fair Farms Community, I’m reaching out to share the bittersweet news that I’m transitioning out of my role as Fair Farms Campaign Manager. I started working with Fair Farms just after it’s launch almost six years ago. Since joining the team, I have had the chance to more deeply explore my interest in food … Read more

‘Cureating’ the Local Food System We Deserve

‘Cureating’ the Local Food System We Deserve Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern  Fair Farms recently spoke with Cureate’s Founder Kim Bryden, a Fair Farms partner, about the innovative ways her food tech company is transforming the local food system. Food tech merges technology and the agrifood industry in order to modernize agriculture and … Read more

Journey to Soil Health… With Sam White and Amanda Paul, Leaning Pine Farm

By Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms intern. This piece was originally posted on the Million Acre Challenge website. Established: 1939 Farm Size: 177 acres, plus an additional 100 acres rented in pasture and hay. Product/Output: Beef, Raspberries, Free Range Eggs, Honey Region: Western Allegany County Favorite Piece of Farm Equipment: Bobcat 3400 Side by Side and … Read more

A Brief History of Black Land Ownership in the U.S.

Black land loss – the loss of land ownership and rights – dates back to the mid-19th century, where in some states Black Americans were prohibited from owning land after the Civil War ended. Meanwhile, the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves but did not guarantee a right to land ownership. While the “40 acres and a … Read more

Climate Change and the Food System

Written by Nicole Oveisi, Fair Farms Intern According to a 2019 report released by the World Resources Institute, agricultural production contributes about 25% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year. As global temperatures continue to rise, climate change will have long-lasting impacts on our food system and natural environments—an issue that requires action now … Read more

The ASPCA Urges Consumers to “Shop With Your Heart”

The ASPCA is the nation’s first animal welfare organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to all animals, including animals raised for food on farms. The ASPCA’s farm animal welfare work aims to ensure that farm animals live a life free from cruelty and unfit living conditions, able to carry out their natural behaviors. Like Fair Farms, … Read more

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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

A Look at Tenant Farming in Maryland

Written by Morgan Johnson, Staff Attorney “Buy land—they aren’t making it anymore.” These words from Mark Twain underscore a concept that tenant farmers are well aware of—land is scarce. Scarcity drives up costs, and presents an imbalance in the power to choose what, when, and how changes may be made to farmland. Roughly 64% of all Maryland … Read more