Gov. Hogan: Support Local Farmers
With your help, last year Maryland created the Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Study Group whose goal has been to increase the amount of locally grown food procured by Maryland institutions, providing more market opportunities for our local farming community.
This year, we’re urging Governor Hogan to include funding for:
Certified Local Farmer Enterprise Program
This voluntary program allows state institutions to contact local farms that meet certain environmental standards. This will help build relationships between farms and institutions, like hospitals and schools, in an effort to better support our local farming community.
Food Aggregation Grant Fund
The fund would support the creation of mobile, refrigerated trailers, and value-added food processing facilities in order to make it easier for smaller, local farms to get their produce to institutions in Maryland.
If Governor Hogan chooses to fully fund these programs, not only will this provide more revenue for Maryland farmers, but it will help us:
- Strengthen local farm economies
- Provide local farmers with adequate tools they needs to serve larger markets
- Preserve farmland
- Improve access to healthy, nutritious food
- Build local resiliency
Please join us asking Governor Hogan to fund these important programs—our Maryland farmers deserve it!