Kelly Dudeck has been appointed to the Maryland Agriculture Commission to represent the agritourism industry. Dudeck is chief strategy officer at Grow & Fortify, and has deep agricultural, preservation and economic development experience.
Agritourism is one of the fastest growing, most innovative, and most creative industries in agriculture today. It encompasses diverse activities, from pick-your-owns farms to on-farm tasting rooms.
About Kelly Dudeck
Dudeck has spent over a decade working in either agricultural policy, land preservation or local food systems. She was Howard County’s first Food Policy Director, making huge strides from food and farmers. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and prior to that Dudeck served as Director of Rural Lands at 1000 Friends of Maryland, where she administered the Keep Farmers Farming campaign, as well as the Partners for Open Space coalition. She has also worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Baltimore County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program. In addition to serving on the Rural Legacy Advisory Board, the Partners for Open Space Executive Committee, and the Maryland Food Policy Blueprint Advisory Committee, Kelly is also a LEAD Class VII alumni.