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.