This farmland protection program is the cornerstone of Livable Frederick.

We need to protect agricultural lands to grow food in healthy soils, rich in organic matter and bio-nutrients, if we hope to stay healthy ourselves.

We need agricultural land for the production of food so that people can eat locally grown food. Instead of shipping food all the way across the country, we should be growing and providing local food to local schools, restaurants and markets. In protecting farmland, we will protect the quality of life for future generations.

This kind of long-term thinking and planning is the responsible thing to do. I am supporting agriculture preservation in Frederick County.

Harriett Crosby


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Yes, the land may initially be kept as open space, but it can always be used to grow food at any time the need arises.

That's clearly better than having it permanently taken out of production by building ugly boxes on it.

In addition to needing good farmland, we also need to slow, stop, and reverse population growth in FredCo. We are way beyond our sustainable capacity, and our quality of life only decreases further with each additional housing development.

Ideally, all remaining FredCo farmland would be placed in the AG preservation program. Then not only would we have a guaranteed source of food and crops, but we could slowly get our infrastructure back to where it needs to be.

Who knows, maybe children could actually attend all of their classes in secure, brick school buildings again, rather than unsafe, flimsy trailers.


How much of this land will be "farmed" and how much will just be "green space", just wondering !!


It is up to the owner of the land. First, land has to be zoned ag to qualify for the Ag Preservation program. Once in the program, owners are restricted on what "improvements" they can make on the property (no building, roads, or other easements, for example). The land is restricted from development in perpetuity, and remains zoned ag for perpetuity. Whether it remains or is put in crops, animal grazing, or open space is up to the owner.


But land put into open spaces goes against what this letter discusses (growing food locally).

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