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 new, 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.

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

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

Highlights from the 2017 Ag. Census

Fair Farms Blog By Mary Nell Johnson The 2017 Agriculture Census, which was released this month, provides insight into the number of farms, the overall economic vitality of the industry, and the demographics of farmers throughout the United States. The 2017 census shows a slight decline in the number of farms—there were 2.04 million farms … Read more

Video: Regenerative Ag. In Frederick County

Fair Farms had the chance to visit Holterholm Farms, a regenerative dairy operation in Frederick County. Ron Holter and his family are helping to show that regenerative agriculture is beneficial for not just our soils, water quality, and health, but for the farmers’ economic viability as well. Check out the video to learn more. Video … Read more

That’s a Wrap! Check out Our Successes this Legislative Session

Fair Farms Blog 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. … Read more

A Big Year for Clean Water Legislation in Maryland and Virginia!

We had some important legislative wins for clean water in Maryland. But first let’s give a big shout out to the amazing win in Virginia on cleaning up a legacy of toxic coal ash stored on our river banks! Virginia Safe Disposal of Coal Ash – Great news in Virginia! On March 20, Governor Northam signed into … Read more

General Assembly Passes Agriculture Tracking and Improvement Bill

Bill would help implement the Phosphorus Management Tool, improve industrial agriculture permitting and reinstate Eastern Shore water quality monitors ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval to SB 546, a bill that would give the state more information about agriculture practices, manure transport and water quality on the Eastern Shore, as well improve the … Read more