Opponents of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint claim the cost of implementing agricultural best practices to reduce pollution runoff from farms will put family farms out of business.
Here are stories from across the Bay region that are disproving this myth. In fact, pollution control practices are improving many farmers' bottom lines.
Farmer Success Stories
February 16, 2021
Rotational grazing improves water quality and pasture quality at Funkhouser Farms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
February 8, 2021
Dairy farmer Matt Bomgardner sees grazing as a way to save money and preserve family farms.
February 1, 2021
On their farm in Frederick County, Maryland, MK and Andrew Barnet are working to restore the soil, the water, and the planet—all in the name of good food and good life.
December 10, 2020
Norka Ruiz Bravo feeds her interests and the needs of others at CBF’s Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
October 30, 2019
Planting trees is part of treating the land—and cattle—right at Drager Farms in Lancaster County.
April 4, 2019
“You have to control the good things in your environment.”
June 6, 2018
“Society has moved away from agriculture, and we want to bring people closer to the farm again.”
May 23, 2018
This couple has made it a priority in life to craft a wilder world by mimicking the natural processes of the earth in their farming techniques.
April 26, 2018
(DRAGONVILLE, VA)—Tommy Longest and his son-in-law, Kevin Norman, produce corn and no-till soybeans on about 4,000 acres (2,100 in corn) of land in King & Queen County, VA, between Dragon Run (the headwaters of the Piankatank River) and the Mattaponi River.
April 25, 2018
Vincent Matanoski is a beginning farmer. He’s looking to learn.
April 11, 2018
(Staunton, VA)—Jimmy Crosby doesn't take a lot of ”bull” when it comes to his soil health.
April 5, 2018
(Swoope, VA)—"It's February and I've still got grass!" Scott Miller exclaimed.
April 4, 2018
Lynn Gayle and his son, Sands, farm a wide range of fields in Accomack County, Virginia, from their home base near Onancock.
March 21, 2018
(Berryville, VA)—Forrest Pritchard's life changed in 1996 when he became "farmer in chief" of his family farm.
March 13, 2018
Steve and Ruth Ann Derrenbacher are the third generation to own and operate their 140-acre family farm in Woodsboro, Maryland.
February 6, 2018
Widowed with five children, Marli Hickin wondered what do with the family farm.
January 10, 2018
Nestled contently in Maryland's Middletown Valley lies Open Book Farm. Originally owned by a family that possessed the land since the Revolutionary War, the farm is now trusted to the caring hands of Mary Kathryn (MK) and Andrew Barnet.
December 28, 2017
State and local elected and conservation officials converged on Toad Hollow Road in Susquehanna County bearing congratulations and keen interest in seeing the Bennett Farm for themselves.
December 5, 2017
The newborn calf was in trouble. It was born on a steep hillside, and every time the calf would try to get up his mother would nudge him and knock him down.