From whitewater rivers to the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s birthplace is home to some of the most diverse, yet threatened, farms in the country.

Home to much fertile farmland, Mid-Atlantic family farmers grow a diverse variety: fruits and vegetables, grains, poultry and dairy, forest products, as well as the legendary bounty from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Yet, these valuable farms – from Richmond to Philadelphia – are in the path of some of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country.

Threatened by suburban sprawl and sky-high land prices, the region experiences some of the greatest farmland loss in the country – yet also has some of the oldest, most active farmland protection programs.

AFT has strong roots in the region. Working with communities, farmers and elected officials, we've been fighting to save this precious farmland and the people who farm it since 1980.

Why are Mid-Atlantic farms so important?

What are the challenges?


In the Mid-Atlantic, AFT:

  • Works to keep farmland protection programs funded and strong. An active partner in state coalitions to protect farmland, AFT's advocacy supports funding for farmland protection and helps family farmers keep their land in farming
  • Helps farmers in the Chesapeake Bay adopt innovative practices that reduce pollution while maintaining profitability
  • Ensures Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts include farmland protection as part of the solution
  • Launches conservation learning circles that bring women landowners together with women conservationists. This peer-to-peer learning empowers women to implement conservation practices on their land
  • Has guided communities in planning for agriculture


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Mid-Atlantic Office Staff