Farms

A farm field and red barn
South County is home to dozens of working farms.

Farms play a substantial role in District 7’s economy. In order to maintain the rural nature of South County, we need to ensure that the people who run our area’s agricultural operations are able to earn a living from their farms. We can better enable our local farms to both thrive and comply with regulations that protect our waterways and the overall environment.

Picking berries at Patty Farm in Lothian.

Farms play a substantial role in District 7’s economy. In order to maintain the rural nature of South County, we need to ensure that the people who run our area’s agricultural operations are able to earn a living from their farms. We can better enable our local farms to both thrive and comply with regulations that protect our waterways and the overall environment.

  • We can support the farming community of District 7 by making the permitting process for agricultural infrastructure simpler and quicker.
  • In order to offset the rising costs of running a farm, we can support agritourism opportunities by allowing farm properties to, for instance, serve as small event venues or bed and breakfast inns.
  • Instead of simply mandating new and necessary rules, and then telling farmers to figure it out, we have to develop plans that incentivize and prepare farmers for the changes that need to be made.

By helping local farmers and protecting farmlands, we can prevent the lands from being sold off to developers — the consequences of which would impact the quality of life of farmers and non-farmers alike.