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Interview: Farmer, Susie Hance-Wells, Part 1

Interview: Farmer, Susie Hance-Wells, Part 1

As part of the weekly blog post series, Maryland FarmLINK will begin to feature an interview with a farmer or local food advocate occasionally. The first interview is with Susie Hance-Wells of Taney Place farm in Calvert County. The farm recently started a new retail venture called Battle Creek Beef. Maryland FarmLINK: Will you tell us about yourself? Susie: The farm has been in the family since 1800. I was born and raised here on the farm. I am the…

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Young Farmers ponder creating a chapter of the NYFC in our region

Young Farmers ponder creating a chapter of the NYFC in our region

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) has only been around for a few years, but it has already become an effective national voice for young farmers. It played a role in developing young farmer programs that were included in the 14 Farm Bill and it has written publications on helping young farmers get access to land. NYFC’s vision:  “a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in…

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Saving family farms in Maryland – level access to markets

Saving family farms in Maryland – level access to markets

This blog is the last in a series on saving family farms in Maryland. In the first blog, I highlighted the need for beginning farmers. In the second and third blogs, I addressed access to land and infrastructure needs. In this blog, I discuss how to create a level access to markets. The local food movement has given us hope that we can maintain family farms in Maryland. For decades, I have heard of farmers telling their children that there is…

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