Farms Need Support Now, for Their Own Sake and for the Chesapeake Bay
March 29, 2023
The way we produce food has profound consequences for the health of our communities, our environment and our local economies. Unfortunately, the status quo isn’t working for us or our environment. Legislators and policymakers need to support farmers' efforts to make critical changes.
Save the Bay News: The Future (and Deep Roots) of Regenerative Farming
February 24, 2023
This month, we explore the roots of regenerative agriculture, how winter is unfolding on CBF’s own regenerative farm (and why we have one), and what the future of agriculture in the watershed could look like.
Agriculture's Future Is Now
February 22, 2023
What does a farm have to do with saving the Bay? How we can produce enough nutritious food while also reducing pollution and restoring the health of our waterways? Jared and Elissa Planz look at how CBF's Clagett Farm is answering those questions.
Coming to Life: A Winter Day on CBF’s Clagett Farm
February 21, 2023
Get an inside look at how CBF's Clagett Farm team is preparing for the growing season. The farm is a place to ground-truth how holistic farm systems, often termed ‘regenerative agriculture,’ can help improve soil and water quality.
The Deep Roots of Regenerative Agriculture
February 14, 2023
Tens of thousands of years ago, farmers of color around the world pioneered ways of working the land that are critical for restoring ecological balance, clean water, and community today.
CBF’s Clagett Farm Donates More Than 10 Tons of Fresh Produce to Maryland Food Banks in 2022
December 15, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Clagett Farm donated more than 23,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Maryland food banks this year.
Soil Your Undies for Science
August 25, 2022
In Pennsylvania, volunteers buried cotton underwear to explore their soil's health.
Funding Farmers to Save the Bay
August 16, 2022
Big federal investment to fight climate change will help farmers too.
Talking Soil Health With 4 the Soil
July 28, 2022
CBF Watershed Restoration Specialist, Matt Kowalski speaks with Jeff Ishee and Eric Bendfeldt from the '4 the Soil: A Conversation' podcast, about soil health and water quality.
Cumberland County’s Cover Crop Program Is a Model for Others Working to Improve Soil Health and Stem Polluted Farm Runoff
June 6, 2022
Cumberland County’s cover crop incentive program has become a model for other Pennsylvania counties and farmers looking to improve soil health and reduce polluted agricultural runoff.
CBF Statement in Response to 2021 UMCES Chesapeake Bay Report Card
June 6, 2022
Today, the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science released its 2021 Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which showed modest overall improvement in Bay health while highlighting ongoing struggles to improve water quality in portions of the upper Bay.
Seeing the Watershed Anew
May 17, 2022
CBF President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk shares a new look at Bay restoration after an insightful first few months on the job.
Bay Restoration Leaders Welcome New USDA Funds for Conservation
May 6, 2022
Chesapeake Bay cleanup advocates welcomed today’s announcement by USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie that USDA plans to direct an additional $22.5 million this year to helping farmers in the watershed adopt conservation practices that improve water quality in the Bay and its tributaries.
Burgers and Brews for the Bay Returns to Clagett Farm May 14
April 21, 2022
Burgers and Brews for the Bay, a food and drink event that highlights the importance of regenerative agriculture and local food production, will return to CBF's Clagett Farm in Prince George’s County on May 14 from noon to 4 p.m.
CBF Welcomes Increase for Bay Program in Biden’s Fiscal 2023 Budget
March 29, 2022
CBF welcomes the funding increases in President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget for two programs essential to restoring the Bay and its tributaries, EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program and technical assistance for farmers enrolled in U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs.
Farm-Fresh Produce Shares Available for Purchase Through CBF’s Clagett Farm CSA
March 22, 2022
Residents in the Annapolis and Upper Marlboro areas of Maryland can purchase shares to receive a variety of farm-fresh produce each week through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s popular Clagett Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
Federal Funds Coming to Pennsylvania for Watershed Restoration Plans Coordinated by CBF — Thanks to Senators Casey and Cardin
March 16, 2022
Two watershed restoration plans coordinated by CBF in Pennsylvania will receive over $3 million in direct federal funding in the fiscal year 2022 omnibus spending package signed by President Biden on Tuesday.
Regenerative Agriculture Pioneer Michael Heller Retires
March 11, 2022
Michael Heller, a regenerative farmer and environmental advocate whose career spanned more than 40 years, retired this month from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Virginia House and Senate Release Clean Water Budgets
February 21, 2022
In separate budgets bills released this Sunday, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates advanced proposals to fund state operations over the next two years. Both proposals provided unprecedented funding for programs to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay in recognition of the looming 2025 deadline to meet Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint restoration goals.
Save the Bay News: Local Food, Whales, and Hatching Oysters
February 18, 2022
Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home. This month we look at how the way we farm ultimately affects everything downstream, including Bay critters big and small.
Building a Farm, and a Movement
February 17, 2022
In his 40 years at CBF’s Clagett Farm, Michael Heller has transformed the way we think about food, farms, and the connection between our lands and waters.
Dinner and a Movie: How to Love the Bay This Valentine's Day
February 10, 2022
From fungi documentaries to French classics, spatchcocked chicken to oysters and mignonette, these farm films and foods pair perfectly with Chesapeake Bay-saving.
CBF Cheers House Passage of $27 Billion for USDA Conservation Programs
November 19, 2021
CBF hailed today’s 220-213 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a $1.7 trillion budget package that would devote $27 billion to conservation programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CBF Congratulates New USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie
November 16, 2021
CBF congratulates Robert Bonnie on winning Senate approval of his nomination to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation. The Senate voted 76-19 to confirm Mr. Bonnie, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for policy and senior climate advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
CBF Applauds NFWF Grants to Improve Pennsylvania’s Water Quality and Urges Greater Federal Support
October 15, 2021
Shannon Gority, Executive Director for CBF in Pennsylvania, issued this statement applauding National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grants totaling roughly $3.88 million to clean and restore polluted rivers and streams in the Commonwealth.
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