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Frequently referred to as sustainable agricultures because sustainability is dependent upon the ecological and infrastructural conditions of the particular area as well as the structural and individual capacities of the community, farmer(s) and others involved, the term captures three interrelated spheres of human activity. These are environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social justice.

To borrow from John Ikerd, if we pollute the air or water, or the soil loses fertility, it is not sustainable; if farmers cannot make a living, it is not sustainable. And LESSON adds, only when we respect each other and find common ground, is it sustainable.

Here you will find more information about sustainable agriculture(s): these are the resources LESSON turns to in structuring our programs and projects.


10th Annual Small Farm Conference --- Nov 8-9, 2013

Sustaining Small Farms . . . 360 degrees
What this conference is about: The purpose of this two-day educational conference is to provide a venue for farmers, landowners and supporters of agriculture to come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Communities

a field day exploring opportunities for expanding institutional sourcing from local, sustainable farms. This is an on-farm field day at Holterholm Farms in Jefferson, MD, a certified organic, pasture-based dairy farm that participates in the Organic Valley Co-op.
May 21st, 10 AM-1 PM   This field day is brought to you by Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment’s Chesapeake Food Leadership Council and Future Harvest. The CFLC supports strategic goals focused on collaboration and alignment of activities to promote healthy communities, healthy people and building a robust, sustainable Chesapeake foodshed.

Funding Still Available for Conservation Partnership Projects Across Maryland

Annapolis, Md., February 15, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging farmers and forest landowners to submit applications for conservation programs associated with the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Farmers and forestland owners may apply for conservation funding at any time throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times and the second 2018 sign-up deadline for RCPP projects is March 16, 2018.

Maryland currently offers RCPP in selected areas across the state through eight projects that range in focus, from animal waste management practices, to stream-side buffers, to wildlife habitat restoration.

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NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2018 – From the Hawaiian nene to salamanders and turtles, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding several new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make voluntary wildlife-friendly improvements on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding five new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.

“Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan, “Through a locally led process, Working Lands for Wildlife has delivered many unprecedented successes over the years and we’re proud of our collective past achievements and look forward to continuing our work with America’s producers.”
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