From whitewater rivers to the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s birthplace is home to some of the most diverse, yet threatened, farms in the country.
Home to much fertile farmland, Mid-Atlantic farmers grow a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables, grains, poultry, dairy, and 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 for this precious farmland and the people who farm it since 1980.