The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently established the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program and office to encourage state agencies, including public four-year universities, to achieve an overall goal of purchasing 20% of their food from certified local farm enterprises.
What is a certified local farm enterprise?
A certified local farm enterprise is a farm that has a nutrient management plan with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
How can my farm become a certified local farm enterprise?
Register. Complete the online application – It takes less than 5 minutes! If you would rather fill out your application by hand, print the online form and mail the completed application to:
Farm verification. MDA will verify that you have a nutrient management plan.
Certification. You will receive notification that your farm is certified once your nutrient management plan is verified. Your contact information, list of products, and certification number will be placed in the certified local farm enterprises public directory for state agencies to access. MDA will ask you to update your directory information once a year.
What is the cost to become a Certified Local Farm Enterprise?
There is no cost to become a Certified Local Farm Enterprise.
State agencies (including public four-year universities) have an overall goal of purchasing 20% of their food from certified local farm enterprises.
Certified Local Farm Enterprise Directory
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401