About the map

The Maryland Food System Map Project (MFSMP) was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We created an interactive mapping tool and database and other tools to examine the current landscape of Maryland’s food system from farm to plate – including how food is grown, processed, sold and consumed. By looking at the many different parts of the food system through the lens of geography, we offer a resource to help discover opportunities and inform activities aimed at strengthening the system.

The mapping team is committed to collecting information about the Maryland food system from disparate sources into one collective resource. The data that we display on our maps generally come from federal, state, and local government agencies, project partners, and primary data collection. We strive to keep our data as current and up-to-date as possible and continuously search for new information to be added to the map. To learn more about specific data layers and their sources or to download our data sets, please visit our glossary and download data page.

Use our interactive map to create your own customized state, county, city or neighborhood maps with the food system information of interest to you. Or, search through our projects and map gallery for your own research, analysis, and inspiration. We welcome partnerships with individuals or organizations and can create custom maps or conduct specific analyses by request. Whether you are a researcher, student, non-profit organization or food policy advocacy group, we are here to support your work to better understand and/or improve our local food system. Here are a few ways in which people have used our resource:

Student projects

  • We encourage students to help build our database or conduct their own analysis for class projects, capstones, and even dissertations. Here are two examples of students who built on our data for a graduate-level GIS course: Liana Przygocki and Eliza Whiteman.

Grant proposals

  • Real Food Farm, a Baltimore urban farm, has used our food desert map in successful grant proposals seeking funding to expand their mobile market.

City planning

Academic research

  • B’More Healthy Communities for Kids, sought our help to identify study areas for their project that examines the food environment for children around recreation centers in Baltimore.

“Maps can really inspire action! We’ve seen it happen in Baltimore and with other emerging food councils across the state.” – CLF’s Amanda Behrens, MFSMP Project Manager.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or ideas.

Our interactive map was made with support from the Towson University Center for GIS.