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Jul 28, 2009

7 Ways to Save Local Farms & Food

7 ways to save local farms and food
Did you know that we're losing about 1.2 million acres of fertile growing land each year as our cities expand outward?

The folks at the American Farmland Trust are working to save what remains of our nation's farmland, by protecting farms and ranches while improving agriculture's economic viability. You can help AFT achieve it's goals by accomplishing one or more of these seven activities:
  1. Make Your Voice Heard: Get AFT's free No Farms No Food Bumper Sticker. Contact your legislators and decision makers through American Farmland Trust's Action Network. Let them know that you care about food and farm policy as well as farmland planning initiatives!
  2. Vote for America's Favorite Farmers Markets: Show support for your local farms and farmers markets this summer by voting for America's Favorite Farmers Markets!
  3. Go Shopping with a Message: Donate today to American Farmland Trust and support our work to protect farms and ranches and expand local foods. You'll receive a No Farms No Food totebag to help spread the word when you're shopping at your favorite local food markets.
  4. Share the Bounty: Prepare meals for family and friends with delicious, local food and enjoy the freshest foods the season has to offer. Find great recipes from local food champions in AFT's bi-monthly newsletter—Farm Fresh News.
  5. Know Your Farming Neighbors: Learn more about the specific challenges facing farms in your region and find out what you can do to help. Use AFT's Farmland Information Center's website or contact them directly (800)370-4879 to find all the resources you need to help farmers stay on the land.
  6. Tell Officials in Your Town that Local Food Relies on Local Farmland: Be an active citizen and weigh in on farming issues in your area! Affect decisions made by your local zoning board or planning commission. Use our Farmland Protection Toolbox (pdf) to get started.
  7. Educate Your Community: Write an editorial for your local paper about the importance of farmland to your community. Show your support for farmland issues and advocate for sound farm and food policy by supporting farmland protection or advocating for changes in farm policy. If you prefer, use AFT's sample text.
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