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Economic viability refers to abilities and capacities of farms/farmers to 'make a living' over the long haul. In addition to sufficient income, economic viability includes the recognition that farmers do not live in isolation nor without co-workers. Implicit in the concept is the recognition that engagement in and enjoyment of the work essentially determines the rate at which farmers are 'grown' and replaced -- economic viability must span generations; farming must be attractive to members of the younger generation. LESSON relies upon these organizations to keep us informed about economic viability and agricultural practices and to share that information with Peninsula farmers and our community.

ECONOMIC VIABILITY

Farmers' Markets – A Resurgence of Community

Farmers' markets are important to the concept of sustainable living in communities for many reasons - here are just a few:

  • energy consumed in transporting food is minimized when we buy locally grown produce, and meats,

  • farmers'markets are a resource for food grown with minimal or no petroleum-based pesticides,

  • we have the opportunity to ask the farmer questions about his or her growing practices,

  • and they provide a forum for interacting with our neighbors.

Look for those farmers who offer local, seasonal, organically or naturally grown products. If the farm market vendors do not advertise this, please ask how and where the products are grown.

Maryland Cooperative Extension, College of Agricultural and Natural Resources

University of Maryland
University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Delaware Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of Delaware
What is Cooperative Extension? University of Delaware Cooperative Extension connects the public with university knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs. What is Extension? Learn more about this organization and its programs.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Tech, Virginia State University
Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture

State of Maryland -- MDA
Farmers and the Bay Maryland agriculture is vital to the long-term health of the state's economy, environment and quality of life. Maryland farmers - like homeowners and all residents - play a key role in protecting our state's natural resources, especially the Chesapeake Bay.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

In the mid-1980s, family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Prices had dropped below the cost of production. Family farmers were told they were inefficient and they had to either get big or get out. Deeply flawed national and international policies were the root cause of the crisis. A galvanizing effort to save the family farm helped spawn the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America's rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. IATP



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