Take the Buy Local Challenge Challenge in Charles County, MD

This week marks the starts of Buy Local Week in the State of Maryland, and the Charles County Commissioners encourage every citizen to “pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week!”

All you have to do to take the challenge is commit to eating local during Buy Local Week (July 23-31, 2011). Join the 3,080 people who have taken the pledge already!  No official registration or sign up is required, Pledge online at www.Buy-Local-Challenge.com to add your name (first name only, if you wish) to the growing number of those making a concerted effort to support farms in their community. You’ll get a customized certificate when you pledge.

Buying local is good for you, good for the local economy, and good for the planet. In addition to providing food that’s fresh and nutritional, buying from local farms promotes cleaner air and water, and reduces our carbon footprint on the planet.

In Maryland, if every household purchased just $12 worth of farm products for eight weeks (basically the summer season), more than $200 million would be put back into the pockets of our farmers. Imagine if every household in the entire country made a similar commitment, it would bring a positive and profound impact to our farms, our communities, and our planet for generations to come.

The Buy Local Challenge was conceived and launched in 2007 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) to highlight the benefits of buying local to Maryland’s economy and environment.



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