LUKE AND ALISON HOWARD

LUKE AND ALISON HOWARD
Organic Farmers, Homestead Farms
Millington, MD

Luke: “For me organic farming is a passion because economically it provides a stronger financial base for family farmers. More of the food dollar goes back to family farmers when consumers buy organic food and that provides a great opportunity not just for Alison and me but for Delmarva. When farmers look for other options for agriculture, organic agriculture can be one of those options and it could possibly improve their profitability and the longevity of their family farm.”

Alison: “I think the problem with the Bay  is the lack of an overall stewardship ethic as it relates to land and water.  And if there is a general lack of stewardship ethic, the same thing is going to happen, more finger pointing, but in general if different segments of the population are relying on other segments to fix it then that is a continuation of the lack of stewardship ethic. So I think its an apathetic view on how each individual house, each individual parking lot, each individual – what we do everyday affects water quality.  I firmly believe that people do not wake up in the morning thinking, ’Today’s the day! I’m just gonna mess up the Bay!’  But I also think that we as a population are very apathetic to how our daily activities affect the Bay.”

About MD Humanities Council

LetsBeShore is a project of the Maryland Humanities Council's Practicing Democracy program, bringing together multiple perspectives for passionate and respectful dialogue about land use and agriculture and their effect on water quality along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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