Food Professionals Letter

Farmers and Food Professionals Sign-On Letter

Supporting a Moratorium on Fracking in Maryland

and the Protect Our Health and Communities Act (SB409/HB449)

Dear Legislator,

We, the undersigned, are members of the Maryland food professionals community – farmers, chefs, restaurant owners, winemakers, cheesemakers, processors, brewers, cider makers, vintners, and retailers. Our livelihoods depend on pure water, healthy soil, and clean air and would be irreversibly damaged by hydraulic fracturing. We urge you to support Senate Bill 409/ House Bill 449, the Protect Our Health And Communities Act, and place a moratorium on fracking in the State of Maryland.

In states that allow fracking, leaks and spills have harmed and killed crops and livestock while sickening people that live and work nearby fracking wells. Evidence has shown that shale gas extraction by fracking is harmful to people, air, water, and soil.

Specifically, hydraulic fracturing endangers a resource critical to so many industries: groundwater. Methane, toxic fracking chemicals, and wastewater from the rigs have been shown to contaminate underground aquifers, and once this contamination occurs there is no way to mitigate or remove the toxins.

To those of us in Maryland’s food community, having access to clean water and aquifers is critical. Agriculture, fishing, restaurants, tourism, and food and beverage production make up a vital economic network in our state, and we rely on clean water and healthy soil to cultivate our local bounty and succeed in our businesses.

We, your constituents, request your aid in representing our interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Protecting our water, soil, and health is vital to continuing Maryland’s professional food community’s success.

Be our leader and pass the Protect our Health and Communities Act (SB 409/HB 449) for the state of Maryland.


Spike Gjerde, Parts and Labor, Artifact Coffee, Shoo-Fly Diner

Charlie Gjerde, Alexanders Tavern

Chris Becker, Bagby Restaurant Group

David Newman,Blue Pit BBQ

Donald William McCafferty, Atlas Restaurant Group

Dylan Salmon, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

George Zyradkha, Fountain Farm

Jim Crebs, Tomatoes Etc.

Jinji A. Fraser, Pure Chocolate by Jinji

Joe Edwardsen, Joe Squared

Jon Zerivitz, Union Craft Brewing Co.

Lisa Duff, Oak Spring Farm

Nicholas Bailey, Grand View Farm

Timothy Robert Dyson, Doobyhan Collective

Andrea Cedro, FireFly Farms Creamery & Market

Brian Dyer, Pigtown Food For Thought

Christy Ottinger, Little Gunpower

David and Laura Alima, The Charmery

Dena Leibman, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Denzel Mitchell , Five Seeds Farm

Elisa Lane, Two Boots Farm

Emma Lise Jagoz, Moon Valley Farm, Inc.

Hana Yoder, Savage River Farm

Heinz Thomet, Next Step Produce

Hugh Sisson, Heavy Seas Beer

Jascha Owens, Butterbee Farm

Joan Norman, One Straw Farm

Jonathan B. Shaw, BaltimOrganic Farm

Katharine Dubansky, Backbone Food Farm

Kim Galbreath, Hawks Hill Creamery

Kyle Sherrer, Millstone Cellars

Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm

Lucinda Sebastion, Gardener’s Gourmet

Matthew Cedro, FireFly Farms Creamery & Market

Max Dubansky, Backbone Food Farm

Meaghan & Shane Carpenter, HEX Ferments

Myeasha Taylor, Real Food Farm

Nadine Grabania, Deep Creek Cellars Winery

Ned Atwater, Atwater’s

Opie Crooks, Woodberry Kitchen

Pamela Miller, Charlottetown Creamery

Rob Miller, Distillery Lane Ciderworks

Sam White, Cedar Rock Farm

Sarah Sohn, Young Sohn Gardens

Chad Wells, Alewife Baltimore

William Morrow, Whitmore Farm

Winstead Rouse, Big City Farms

Wolfgang Von Shroeder, Falcon Ridge Farm

John Dove, Love Dove Farms

Lisa M. Jan, Moon Shadow Cafe

Mitchell Pressman, Chesapeake Wine Company

Alison Worman, Farmer

Tyler Brown, Farmer

Ed Fountain, Farmer

David Paulk, Farmer

Wanda Reynolds, Beekeeper/Farmer