UM Agriculture Law Education Initiative Introduces 2024 UM Scholars

Posted on ALEI LinkedIn, Adapted by Ashley DeMaio | June 8, 2024

The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) welcomed students Wendy Nevett Bazil and Tafor Acho as UM Scholars late last month.

Sponsored by MPower, the UM Scholars program connects University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) mentors to University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) students for impactful summer research projects from late May to early August.

Wendy Nevett Bazil is a Master of Community Planning Candidate at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Tafor Acho is an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Over the course of the next ten weeks, Wendy and Tafor will work under Margaret Todd, JD, of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, to research legal and policy approaches to increase long term access for urban agriculture.

As interns, Wendy and Tafor will conduct research to assess opportunities and challenges for attaining urban farmland access and the policies supporting better land and infrastructure access. The UM Scholars will conduct outreach and case study interviews with farmers, local government officials, University of Maryland Extension (UME) faculty, and other agriculture experts to educate municipalities on their options for supporting farmland tenure in urban and urbanized areas.

View the original LinkedIn post here.