MADE in MD: Cardin, Sarbanes, Cummings to Hold Discussion with Small Businesses in Maryland’s Local Foods Movement


Monday, April 13 at 10:00 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Sarbanesand Representative Elijah Cummings joined by Maryland farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, conservationists and fellow government officials Joseph Bartenfelder, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture, and Nick Mosby (D-All), Baltimore City Council Member, to discuss the value of a commitment to local and sustainable agriculture that runs from farm to table — and throughout surrounding communities. Hosted by acclaimed chef Spike Gjerde at Woodberry Kitchen, a restaurant at the vanguard of Baltimore’s local foods community, Senator Cardin and colleagues will meet with more than a dozen producers, purveyors and entrepreneurs from across the state to learn from their perspectives.

WHAT:          Roundtable Discussion on Maryland’s Local Foods Movement

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                        Congressman John Sarbanes

Congressman Elijah Cummings

                        Chef Spike Gjerde, Foodshed

                        Joseph Bartenfelder, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture

Nick Mosby, Baltimore City Council

                        Maryland Farmers, Agricultural Producers, Brewers, Vintners

                        Conservation and Community Leaders

WHEN:          TODAY, Monday, April 13 @ 10:00 AM

WHERE:        Woodberry Kitchen, Clipper Mill, 2010 Clipper Park Rd. #126, Baltimore, MD 21211

HOW:            Media please RSVP to Tim Zink,

“This region’s local foods movement has made incredible recent progress in bringing the most fresh, tasty and nutritious foods to Maryland residents, notching some notable business successes along the way,” said Senator Cardin. “Perhaps more impressive is that these small businesses are dedicated to respecting the traditions and integrity of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They are proving that it is possible to strive for – and achieve – economic and environmental sustainability at the same time. As we look forward to Earth Day and what I hope is an excellent planting and growing season for Maryland’s farmers, our discussion will spotlight ways to promote local farms, local foods, healthy businesses and a healthy Bay.”

“Farmers, chefs, makers, producers, brewers and vintners drive millions of dollars of economic activity in the state, while providing us with delicious and nutritious food and drink all year round,” said Woodeberry Kitchen Chef Spike Gjerde, Principal of Foodshed. “It is great that Senator Cardin and Congressmen Sarbanes and Cummings are taking time to connect with Maryland food communities.”