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Save an Acre of Farmland

Every minute, America loses more than an acre of farmland to urban sprawl and development. Farmland is the heart of our nation and we must protect it. Do your part and Save an Acre of Farmland today.

Farmer and his daughter
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Spread the No Farms No Food® message.

Request one of our free No Farms, No Food® bumper stickers and use it to educate others about the farmers who grow their food! Spread the word even further by ordering No Farms No Food® stickers and apparel in our online store.

Spreading the No Farms No Food message

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Join American Farmland Trust’s Action Network

Use our Action Center to contact your legislators and local government and let them know that you support farmland protection and a more sustainable future for our nation’s farms and food.

 

Wisconsin State Capital
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Know Your Farming Neighbors

Learn more about the specific challenges facing farms in your region and find out what you can do to help. Contact American
Farmland Trust’s Farmland Information Center toll free at (800) 370-4879 to find all the resources you need to help farmers stay on the land.

Rancher feeding calf

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Educate Your Community

Write a letter to the editors of your local paper about the importance of farm and ranch land to your community. 

Red Barn with Blue Sky
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Help Us Stay Informed about Your Community

Clip and send us local coverage of farm issues. Share your success stories and make sure that we know about the challenges affecting your farming neighbors. Send clips and information to:

American Farmland Trust
1200 18th St. NW Suite 800,
Washington, DC. 20037

Row of Young Crops
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Weigh in on Farming Issues

Be an active citizen and make your voice heard on farming issues in your area! Get involved in decisions made by your local zoning board or planning commission. Download our Farmland Protection Toolbox.pdf to get started.

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From their open letter:

Here are the facts:

1. The Boxcar Grocer is a healthy corner store/convenience store NOT a grocery store or supermarket.
2. The Boxcar Grocer is an actual 3,000 sq/ft store located in downtown Atlanta NOT a food truck.
3. The Boxcar Grocer retails healthy and local food/grocery products including, but not limited to all natural, tomatoes and toothpaste, honey and hair products, bread and baby food, ice cream and eye cream, dog food and diapers.

Hopefully, these facts won’t be misunderstood and will stand on their own merit. However, there is one fact that I would like to expound on and that is that The Boxcar Grocer is a multi-store business model. To stay UN-misunderstood I am going to repeat myself…

The Boxcar Grocer is a multi-store business model.

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Here we go: Your average Publix grocery store is approximately 40,000 sq/ft and costs about $7Million dollars to build. Your average Wal-Mart is approximately 100,000-200,000 sq/ft and can cost $20-$30Million dollars to build (neither of these figures takes into account tax subsidies that local governments give to these companies or the land access issues in more dense environments). And for those of you who are unclear as to what a tax subsidy is, it is defined as a benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction.

Small businesses like The Boxcar Grocer don’t get any of these tax subsidies to build more stores.

Here’s the kicker… We can build 200 stores across the US for less than some Wal-Marts. Please don’t misunderstand me when I say that for $20Million dollars (less than some Wal-Marts) we can start to put a nail in the coffin of food inaccessibility in America and at the same time strengthen communities rather than obliterate them. Being small allows us to be more nimble, more accessible, more of a part of the communities we enter in, more open to suggestions from you…by being less we are able to be so much more.