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.
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.
Become a partner to the campaign. Email us here if you want to help.
Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Fair Farms and local farmers are hosting two events to provide legislators with information on how to support food resiliency, soil health and water quality. Webinar: Finding Common Ground in Solar Siting Tuesday, February 7 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm Join us to discuss solar siting policy that supports farmers, is good for water quality, … Read more
Hello, my name is Devora Kimelman-Block and I’m thrilled to be the Agriculture Policy Specialist for Waterkeepers Chesapeake and its Fair Farms campaign. You may have already met me as a contractor for Fair Farms when I focused on building regional agriculture centers by fostering coalitions that advocate and apply for new public funding. I … Read more
Join us online on February 15 at 4:30pm for a webinar discussing ARPA and how local governments could invest their State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) in infrastructure for a more resilient local food system. On March 11 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law to aid public health and economic recovery … Read more
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week, I want to share what a beloved community means to me and how it relates to my work with the Fair Farms campaign. The suggestion to write this blog came from a conversation I had with Taffy Gwitira, one of our Farmer Advisory Council members. She’s a … Read more
The Fair Farms team and our farmer advisors are busy in Annapolis advocating for important legislation that would support sustainable farmers, the communities they feed, and the clean air and water we all rely on. Here is an update with opportunities for you to help. The first three are the top priorities for Fair Farms … Read more
Hello, my name is Humon and I’m excited to join the Fair Farms campaign team this month as the newest Campaign Manager. When I Iearned about Fair Farms, I thought this is great — a campaign that uplifts visionary farmers and works on policy to lead us to a system that protects our lands and … Read more
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 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
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
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