On December 18, 2019 the Frederick County Food Council (FCFC) wrote to Governor Hogan in support of the Certified Farmer Enterprise Program (CFEP), an initiative brought to you by the Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Study Group. In the same letter FCFC supported the Certified Local Farmer Aggregation Grant Fund, housed within the MDA to create aggregation and storage points across the state, for the purpose of state purchase for local institutions. Read the letter here.
December 18, 2019
The Honorable Larry Hogan
100 State Circle,
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925
RE: Certified Farmer Enterprise Program
Dear Governor Hogan:
The Frederick County Food Council (FCFC) writes in support of the Certified Farmer Enterprise Program (CFEP), an initiative brought to you by the Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Study Group.
The FCFC believes that implementation of the CFEP will expand agricultural markets, and thus is in the best interest of the State of Maryland; it will protect our soils and waterways by offering preference to farmers with Nutrient Management Plans, and will support the health of the millions of individuals who eat at state institutions. Specifically, we endorse the request through Senate Bill 608 and House Bill 305 that the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) house the Certified Farmer Enterprise Program and establish procurement goals for State and Local Institutions sourcing food for the populations they serve.
We also support the Certified Local Farmer Aggregation Grant Fund, housed within the MDA to create aggregation and storage points across the state, for the purpose of state purchase for local institutions. This grant fund could support mobile refrigerated trailers, value-added food processing facilities, and the locations hosting such facilities. Facility locations could include community colleges interested in culinary and value-added food production training.
More than 90% of our (Marylanders’) food originates from outside Maryland; meaning our food dollars are going elsewhere. Our region has some of the best farmland in the USA. We can build the capacity to feed and protect ourselves should crops fail elsewhere.
Many of our partners, colleagues and volunteers are farmers who have voiced their challenges to accessing local institutional markets. And, many have fallow land that they would put into
production if they had access to markets to sell the food. This initiative provides them market access and eventually a supportive infrastructure for value-added processing, all in promoting local economic development.
The Certified Farmer Enterprise Program and Certified Local Farmer Aggregation Grant Fund support the farm community, Marylanders’ health and economic growth and our natural resource base and moves the Frederick County Food Council closer to fulfilling its mission. We ask that
you recognize the Certified Farmer Enterprise Program and Certified Local Farmer Aggregation Grant Fund as fundamental to the growth and prosperity of Maryland agriculture and support them. Thank you.
Frederick Food Security Network
Frederick County Food Council
Healthy Soils Policy Discussion Group
Fox Haven Farm and Learning Center
The Sweet Farm
Food & Nutrition Services
Frederick County Public Schools
Mayor Wayne S. Creadick, Jr.
Town of Myersville
Farm to School Leadership
Ag Economy Working Group
Frederick County Food Council
Wendy Cochran, LEHS/REHS
Food Program Manager,
Frederick County Health Dept
Land and Cultural Preservation Fund
Asian American Center of Frederick
Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
Potomac Sprout Co
Wilson Farms, LLC
Text Design Inc.
Fair Farms Maryland
Healthy Soil Policy Discussion Group
Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards, Frederick County
Mountainside Education and Enrichment
Dandelion & Rust Farm
Senator Katie Fry Hester
Delegate Lorig Charkoudian
Mr. Keiffer Mitchell
Delegate David Brinkley
Mr. Joe Bartenfelder
Mr. Robert Gleason
Community FARE was established to help safeguard a diverse and healthy local food economy that will preserve farmland integrity and biodiversity and ensure that food grown here is accessible to residents of Frederick County and its regional neighbors.
Frederick County Food Council promotes efforts that support our local agricultural
economy, education about local food and food systems, equitable food distribution networks, and
sustainable environmental practices that benefit county residents and farmers.
Frederick County Farm to School was established to positively impact student health, student education and the economic growth of the County’s agricultural sector by increasing the availability and consumption of locally gr