Certified Local Farm and Fish Program


The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently established the Certified Local Farm and Fish Program to encourage state agencies, including public four-year universities, to achieve an overall goal of purchasing 20% of their food from certified local producers.  The original name of the program was the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program.

Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program and Certified Local Farm Enterprise Food Aggregation Grant Fund - Establishment - HB 1488/SB 985

What is a certified local farm?
A certified local farm is a farm that has a nutrient management plan with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
For Farmers

How can my farm become a certified local farm?

  1. ​Register.   Please access the online application on Maryland OneStop (OneStop End User Guide​).  
  2. ​​Farm verification.   MDA will verify that you have a nutrient management plan.
  3. 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 producers 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?
There is no cost to become a Certified Local Farm.

For State Agencies
State agencies (including public four-year universities) have an overall goal of purchasing 20% of their food from certified local producers.

Certified Local Producers Directory

Click here​ to access the online Directory.

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