"Directories Resources – of Local and Sustainable Farms"
Directories & Resources – of Local and Sustainable Farms In Maryland, in our Surrounding Region, and Nationally Maryland’s Best – Maryland Department of Agriculture www.marylandsbest.net Directories of Farmers in Maryland for Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy & Eggs, Meats, Nurseries and Greenhouses (including Flowers), Wine, Seafood, Grains, etc. Also available: Seasonal Harvest Chart for Maryland, Recipes & Tips, and great links. Amazing Grazing Directory www.futureharvestcasa.org/amazing.html This Directory lists grass-based farms in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia that sell their products directly to consumers. Find your local sources for steaks, ground beef, leg of lamb, sausage, bacon, eggs, smoked hams, roasting chickens, handmade cheeses, goats-milk fudge, cheese-stuffed pasta, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas geese, and more — all fresh from the pasture! This Directory is published by our region’s sustainable agriculture organization: Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest-CASA). Maryland’s Certified Organic Operations - Directory from MD Dept. of Agriculture www.mda.state.md.us/pdf/organic_operations.pdf This directory includes Maryland’s Certified Organic Growers, Retailers, Processors & Handlers So Maryland So Good Farm Guide (for Southern Maryland) www.somarylandsogood.com/smhd/index.asp OR www.somarylandsogood.com/pdf/somd_harvest.pdf Locate Farms, Products, Farmers’ Markets, Gifts, Crafts and more, all from Southern Maryland Maryland Farmers’ Market Directory www.mda.state.md.us/md_products/farmers_market_dir.php Future Harvest - Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FH-CASA) www.futureharvestcasa.org Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association (MOFFA) www.marylandorganic.org Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) www.pasafarming.org Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) www.vabf.org Local Harvest www.localharvest.org Enter your zip code on this national online directory to find local farms, farmers' markets, restaurants, grocery stores & other sources of sustainably-grown produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies in your area. Eat Well Guide to Local and Sustainable Farms www.eatwellguide.org “Eat Well Guide, the easiest and most comprehensive way for you to find wholesome, fresh, sustainable food in the US and Canada”. Just type in your zip code to find farms, stores, restaurants & other outlets near you. Eat Wild www.eatwild.com Eatwild.com is your national source for a directory of local safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork and dairy products. The site has three goals: to link consumers with reliable suppliers of all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products; to provide comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture; to provide a marketplace for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land. Pick Your Own – A List of Farms www.pickyourown.org/MD.htm Hospitals can locate some farms through this directory that are using little to no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, even though they are not “Certified Organic”. You could also coordinate with your marketing department to educate employees about local farmers and seasonal foods by promoting these farms or by hosting a “Hospital Outing” to a variety of these farms throughout the growing season. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) In Our Region: www.futureharvestcasa.org/csa National Directory to Local CSA’s: www.localharvest.org/csa Hospitals can arrange for a Farmer to have a table for selling produce at your Farmers’ Market and use this as the designated CSA share pick-up location. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms connect farmers and consumers by creating a mutually beneficial relationship through weekly shares of the harvest. In a CSA, consumers don’t just buy food from particular farms but instead become subscribing members of those farms for the duration of the growing season. Some farms also offer working shares, trading labor in exchange for food produced. Joining a CSA gives members access to a variety of fresh, seasonal produce grown by local farmers. The farmer benefits by receiving income in advance of the season to cover operating costs, gaining some financial security. In addition, many farms offer CSA members opportunities to experience rural life. Depending on the CSA, members can visit their farm and take part in festivals, work days, harvests or family fun days. Buy Fresh Buy Local – Chesapeake Region www.csballiance.org/pages/progFresh.html BFBL Chesapeake Region - is in the development stages of establishing it’s organization. It will publish a directory of sustainably-raised foods & farmers in Chesapeake Region within the next year. An online GIS Food Map of Greater Baltimore is being created by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future www.jhsph.edu/clf Within CLF’s program areas — farming, eating and living for the future — there are three principal activities: research, educational outreach, and community action. All of their work is driven by the concept that diet, health, food production, the environment, population and equity are all elements of a single complex system. CLF is creating an online GIS Food Map of Greater Baltimore that will be made available in 2008. Artificial Hormone-Free Dairy Guide (rBGH-free Dairy) www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/dairy/rbgh-free-guide Dairy Brands & Products without recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST) - listed by State Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment – Sustainable Foods Program www.mdh2e.org (new website – will be available early in 2008) MD H2E is developing a growing list of farmers who have expressed an interest in providing their food to hospitals. Louise Mitchell, Sustainable Foods Coordinator, 410-706-1924, email@example.com. Other Important Resources Maryland Cooperative Extension Service www.extension.umd.edu (For a list of Community Gardens in your Hospital’s Neighborhood) Maryland Cooperative Extension (MCE) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. MCE educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park. Master Gardeners Program www.mastergardener.umd.edu Master Composters Program www.mastergardener.umd.edu/AdvancedTraining/MasterComposter.cfm Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org Ideally, it’s best to locate and choose as many farmers as possible who use few to no pesticides and chemical fertilizers on their plants, soil and food. The Environmental Working Group has researched and compiled these two lists to keep in mind as you choose produce from local farmers. The lists are of the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides: The Dirty Dozen The 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticides • Peaches • Cherries • Apples • Pears • Sweet Bell Peppers • Grapes (Imported) • Celery • Spinach • Nectarines • Lettuce • Strawberries • Potatoes The Cleanest 12 The 12 fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of pesticides • Onions • Sweet Peas (Frozen) • Avocado • Kiwi Fruit • Sweet Corn (Frozen) • Bananas • Pineapples • Cabbage • Mango • Broccoli • Asparagus • Papaya To Print the Wallet Guide & to get the Full List of 43 Fruits and Vegetables: www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php