Did you know that every minute, two acres of farmland gets paved over? If you're a fan of farmers markets, like I am, that's a really sad statistic. To raise awareness and give a little credit where credit is way overdue, the nonprofit American Farmland Trust is sponsoring the America's Favorite Farmers' Market Contest. Find your market online and cast your vote! Results will be announced during Farmers Market Week, August 2-9. (Farmers, if you want your spot included in the database, you can enroll your market at the AFT site, too.) The AFT works to "protect the nation's best farm and ranch land and improve the economic viability of agriculture, including working with federal, state and local leaders and communities to develop legislation, implement policies and execute programs that keep farmers on their land and protect our environment." Check out their 7 Ways to Save Farmland for ideas on making a difference in keeping real, healthy, and local food alive and economically viable for those who grow it.
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