Harford Land Trust raises funds for land preservation and food access with Harford Harvest

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The need for preserved land is greater than ever. Be it a beautiful hiking trail or field ready for harvest - 2020 reminds us of all the ways the land nourishes us. The Harford Land Trust is committed more than ever to preserve the land that supports our communities. 

HLT’s fundraising efforts have been severely disrupted in 2020 with all in-person events cancelled, including our major fundraiser, the October Harvest Moon Dinner & Auction.

Through Harford Harvest, Harford Land Trust recognizes that the protection of local farmland is also the protection of essential local food networks. For this reason, half (50%) of all Harford Harvest proceeds will be distributed to over 100 Harford County food pantries through our partnership with the Harford Community Action Agency (HCAA) and Mason-Dixon Community Services (MDCS) to meet the immediate and increased emergency food needs of families throughout Harford County.

“Early in the pandemic, we were alarmed by national food supply chain disruptions and the increase in local food insecurity,” said HLT Executive Director Kristin Kirkwood. “There has never been a more important time to increase our support for local farmers that provide us with a wealth of fresh, readily available food grown right here in Harford County.”

From challenges in keeping shelves stocked to increased financial hardship, COVID-19 has shown us the vulnerabilities of our food supply chain. But we can create a more accessible, available, and resilient food system right here in Harford County starting from the ground up by preserving agricultural land.

Throughout the month of October, HLT will be sharing information about the importance of local agriculture and its dependence on preserved farmland. HLT also plans to facilitate connections between local food producers and agencies providing emergency food services.

Community members interested in supporting Harford Harvest are invited to visit the Harford Harvest website to make a donation or register to create an individual or team fundraiser page. Any farmers or local food producers who are interested in connecting with HCAA or MDCS can contact Sara Hummer at  shummer@harfordlandtrust.org.

Harford Harvest is made possible through the generous sponsorship and support of BGE, the Office of County Executive Barry Glassman, Klein’s ShopRite, The Kelly Group, Watershed Environmental, Jim and Sarah Morris, GreenVest, Foxborough Nursery, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Dillon and Heather Yeung, Ecotone, O’Neill Enterprises, APGFCU, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, PNC Bank, Healthy Harford, Jeff and Jo Tyson, Jarrettsville Federal, Forest Hill Business Airpark, Bartlett Tree Experts, Wegman’s, M&T Bank, and The Mill.