You have the power to help save our farms and farmland. You can directly support Illinois farmers and farmers markets by taking these simple actions.
|Photo: Burlington County Farmland Protection Program
Burlington County has one of the state’s strongest agricultural economies—ranking first in number of farms over 1,000 acres—along with a nationally recognized farmland preservation program. Yet, this historic county's farms continue to be threatened by competing residential and commercial development. We're helping the county turn the challenges of high land values and conflicts at the urban-rural interface into opportunities for direct marketing, value-added products and a vibrant local food and farming system by:
- Identifying municipal barriers that hinder local farmers' ability to connect directly with local consumers
- Creating model ordinances that support a local food system and protects farmers from rural-urban conflicts
- Researching ways to increase low income populations access to local food at programs at farmers markets.
In collaborating with farmers, environmentalists, and policy makers, our Agriculture and Environment initiative protects water quality and reduces climate change while improving the economic viability of farming.
- Take action to support the BMP Challenge and help farmers decrease nitrogen applications and reduce fertilizer contamination of local watersheds.
- Send an AFT eCard and inspire family and friends to protect the environment.
Growing Local: Connecting Farms and Food
Every day we are losing important urban-edge farmland that supplies 91% of fruits and 78% of vegetables to the United States. Our Growing Local campaign builds healthy communities by protecting local farm and ranch land and supporting access to fresh, local food.
Mid-Atlantic Field Office
Mid-Atlantic States Director
1200 18th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(p) 202-378-1235 (f)
To learn more about agriculture in your state, visit the New Jersey state profile page at the Farmland Information Center.