The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.



Keep Farmers Farming

We believe that a strong farming community is the key to smart growth. Keeping farmers profitable helps farmers afford to stay on the land and produce fresh local foods, goods and services, thus keeping rural lands in active production - not sprawling development. Ensuring economic security for farmers allows us to target limited preservation dollars to our open spaces and limited infrastructure dollars to our urban areas. 

 Through our Keep Farmers Farming program, we:

  • Promote the importance of agriculture to our economy, heritage, and environment
  • Support healthy local food for your communities
  • Ensure continued funding for programs that protect agricultural lands
  • Advance programs, policies, and resources to help current farmers - and new farmers - stay on the land and remain profitable.