MDA’S HOMEGROWN BY HEROES ADOPTS NEW LOGO

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The Maryland Department of Agriculture—in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition and MidAtlantic Farm Credit— has adopted a new logo to for the Maryland’s Best Homegrown By Heroes program. Working with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, the new Maryland logo features refreshed colors and, most notably, the inclusion of a female service member.

In an effort to support Maryland veterans who have returned home to the farm, the Homegrown by Heroes program provides unique signage to identify and promote products at farmers’ markets and local groceries grown by local veterans.
“I am proud that we have this program in support of our state’s military veterans,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “These brave men and women have served and protected our country, and they deserve all the support we can give. I encourage all Marylanders to seek out products with the ‘Homegrown By Heroes’ label.”

The department’s family of Maryland’s Best logos was created to identify and promote products as locally grown or produced. The addition of the Homegrown by Heroes logo expands on this effort and recognizes a small but important group of farmers who have served honorably and returned to the land.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition was granted the honor of administering the “Homegrown By Heroes” program nationally on Veterans Day 2013. The “Homegrown By Heroes [marylandsbest.net]” program is available free of charge to Maryland farmers who have served in any branch of the armed services. Eligible farmers interested in joining the program are encouraged to visit the Farmer Veteran Coalition website [farmvetco.org].

For questions, please contact Deborah Proud at deborah.proud@maryland.gov or
410-841-5793.