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This small acreage farm at the well regarded retirement village will provide educational opportunities for the residents as well as sustainably grown produce. We have come to realize that there are many different needs of producers and landowners and getting the fit right takes a little time.
As Gigi says, "In my case, I went through a couple of properties and landowners before finding the right fit for me, a small farm for no till growing with associated housing, so I wouldn't have to commute out to the countryside while living in Silver Spring Maryland. The Land Link program is a great way for new farmers to get started in Montgomery County."
The Rocklands Farm Winery and Market is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There you can visit their wine tasting room and shop for a wide range of farm products. They also feature local food trucks on Friday through Sunday and live music on “Fridays on the Farm.” You can learn more about other special events, cellar club and educational outreach programs by visiting their website at www.rocklandsfarmmd.com.
I put my hand to the land,
Seems I was chosen as the one,
To plant the trees and raise the fruit
And do the work that’s never done.
Others put their hands to this land,
Building legacies that outlast time,
Each with a vision for a way of life
That I proudly say today is mine.
This peach carries my heritage
Of my father and those who came before.
This peach has the taste of generations
Who loved this land and dreamed of more.
Proclamations were given by Senator Brian Feldman and Kevin Mack on behalf of Congressman Delaney's office. Council members Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich spoke in recognition of the accomplishments of the Scott Family and the need to be vigilant in protecting Montgomery County's remarkable Agricultural Reserve.
Event goers were treated to an incredible artisan's exhibit in Blackrock Center's Kay Gallery featuring Countryside Artisan's works. We are deeply grateful for BlackRock Center for the Arts hosting us and for the delicious and abundant feast provided by MCA board members and wonderful Geppetto Catering.
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Great Appreciation to all that made it out for the 2017 Ride for the Reserve, despite the rain we had a great time! We will be filling this page with pictures (tag yours #RidefortheReserve if you'd please) and appreciation to our riders, volunteers, farm stops (RB Savage &Sons, Rocklands, Kinsgsburys, St Paul Church) music (some places have a house band, we have a barn/shed/ tent band, thanks as always Justin Trawick and the Common Good!) caterers (Geppettos and Wegman's Germantown), the great bike techs from Trek Rockville, our friends at Heritage Montgomery and Steve and all the kind people at the Golf Course that let us change plans! Huge thanks to Denise Cohen who started this ride 10 years ago and event planner extraordinaire Ellen Letourneau!
But then it got even better - a lost dog named Darby had been on the lam for 3 days and recently spotted at the Golf Course. Our plea went out with each biker to call if they saw her. During the picnic, who trotted down the lane but Darby - bikers and volunteers all pitched in to follow her into the woods where her owner managed to coax her out. A happy reunion on top of a great day.
Each biker who registered is now a member of MCA (and will get discounts to MCA events, including next year's bike tour) and we so appreciate your support for the Ag Reserve and its farms. Many were surprised to hear about the proposed Potomac Bridge and Highway that would potentially bisect the Reserve. Your support is more important now than ever before. If all people that love to bike and pick and farm and paddle and hike and enjoy the Reserve commit to its protection, no force can stop us. Thank you!
Lose something? We found a helmet, gloves and a tail light. Ellen@mocoalliance.org
"First of all our kids loved it, the teachers said the lessons were hands-on and supported age appropriate science curriculum."
"Thank your for organizing an incredibly awesome experience that I didn't know existed. "
"The 5th graders extracted DNA from a banana and were really excited about it."
"I love to farm because each day there is something different to get done. From planting and fertilizing to harvest it's something new each day. My grandfather used to say you only get about 50 chances to grow a crop in your lifetime, make the most of every one!" David Scott Jr.
We are working hard to source local ingredients because they tell the story of the Ag Reserve's importance. For example, the peach and concord grape chutney is made with concord grapes from our gracious hosts, Shepherd's Hey Farm and peaches from 5th Generation farmer Gene Kingsbury's carefully tended orchard. As chair of our Education Committee, Gene joyfully shares his lifetime of farm knowledge with students both in the classroom and on his farm to create the next generation of farm stewards.
This is the time that local farms are harvesting many of your favorites. Tomatoes, peaches, blackberries, and soon apples and pumpkins. Make a day of it and visit your local pick your own or pre-picked farm. (A reminder that the seasonality of produce can rapidly change - always call or check social media before heading to a farm to be sure they have what you are looking for.)
Pick Your Owns (often offer pre-pick too):
Lewis Orchard, Butler's Orchard, Homestead Farm, Rock Hill Orchard, Water's Orchard (open in September 2017)
Pre-Pick: Kingsbury's Orchard
"It endangers several communities that plan to use and need clean water. That area has been designated as a Sole Source Aquifer:
The Potomac River, extending east almost as far as the Loudoun/Fairfax line, is included in the Poolesville Area Aquifer Extension of the Maryland Piedmont Aquifer. A sole source aquifer is an EPA designation that local community has applied for, and been granted."
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MCA is proud to announce that we have been once again recognized as one of the best small charities in the D.C. region by Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. A panel of 110 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, and peer non-profit organizations evaluated 270 applications.
MCA is known as an effective and innovative non-profit whose efforts to preserve and promote Montgomery County’s nationally recognized 93,000 acre Ag Reserve have brought increased public and governmental support of local food production and farmland and open space preservation. Most importantly, MCA’s efforts are putting more farmers on the ground and keeping them there.