Report on 20 years of Rustic Roads
Rustic Roads in the Media: Potomac Almanac
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"Country Road...Take Me Home.." you know the rest. The author of the song, Bill Danoff had never been to West Virginia before writing the song but instead got inspired by the winding roads of rural Maryland. The Reserve is not just farms and open space, but the arteries between them that make it a cohesive whole. The 98 Rustic and Exceptionally Rustic Roads preserve a sense of place and are protected under the Rustic Roads program.
Report on 20 years of Rustic Roads
Rustic Roads in the Media: Potomac Almanac
A gorgeous fall day dawned at the Black Hill Regional Park Visitor Center overlooking the Little Seneca Reservoir-a fitting place to celebrate the decades of work Anne and Jay Cinque have put into protecting the water and land in Boyds and the wider Ag Reserve. Throughout the afternoon, a theme emerged- each person stepping to the mic honoring the way individuals make up the larger community. MCA Executive Director Caroline Taylor set the tone by celebrating MCA and its supporters as an organization protecting the Ag Reserve together- each person a "spoke in the wheel."
Allie and Josh Goldman were honored for their many years as MCA volunteers and asked those assembled to join them in giving their time for a community cause.
Royce Hanson gave a moving tribute to Peg Coleman, an Ag Reserve luminary and former Royce Hanson Honoree who passed last month. Helping to found and strengthen many Reserve civic groups- Peg was the embodiment of community spirit.
From MCA Executive Committee member Dolores Milmoe, attendees heard how Anne and Jay rolled up their sleeves soon after moving to the Reserve to battle back proposals for unnecessary energy transmission lines- and won. From then on they put their shoulder to any new issue threatening the Reserve and opened their home as a meeting space for community organizing in the Reserve's interest. Most recently, the Cinques have been active in protecting Ten Mile Creek and the Little Seneca Reservoir as part of Friends of Ten Mile Creek. When Anne and Jay spoke, they shared how with help from the community they grew into the advocates that they are today. In traveling, they have found many other municipalities that want to implement an Ag Reserve to protect farms on the edge of growing cities but as former speakers and the Cinques made clear- even the most lauded land use policy is not enough, it takes the diligence of those who love the Reserve to keep the land in agriculture and the spaces open for all to enjoy.
Anne and Jay were honored with a Martin Radigan Photo presented by Maureen O'Connell from Historic Medley District.
MCA Board Member Scott Fosler closed the program with three words - enjoy, learn and protect. Scott said that the Cinques have embodied these goals and charged everyone else to live by their example.
Many Thanks to Geppetto Catering , Kingsbury's Orchard and Wegmans Germantown for the great food and drink. Thanks to our volunteers as always for their helping hands. Thanks to the 19th Street Band for the tunes. Gratitude to Martin Radigan for the photo for the award and to Maureen O'Connell for presenting it. Thanks to Alan Bowser for some of the pictures shown above.
It takes all of us to maintain farms on metro's edge- lets Enjoy,Learn and Protect together Please join MCA as a member (just $25/year) or renew your membership today.
Ohana Valley Farm in Potomac seeks a Farm Manager to care for buildings, cattle, goats and chickens. Read the full job description here.
It is with heavy heart that we share that our dear friend Peg Coleman has died. A long time Reserve resident, advocate and MCA Advisory Committee member - Peg was a warm, quiet but powerful force in the Ag Reserve- serving as a historian, author, strategist, community connector, innkeeper, wife and mother.
In 1980, Peg and her husband, Jim, bought a farm on Barnesville Road, which included an abandoned 1768 log cabin. They lovingly restored the cabin, and it is now a National Historic Register site, and the Pleasant Springs Farm Bed and Breakfast.
Peg's books include "Mama Wears Two Aprons" and "Around Germantown" - both illuminating the history of Montgomery County. Besides swinging the hammer on her own cabin- Peg spearheaded preservation efforts of the Boyds Negro School and many others as the first president of Montgomery Preservation Inc. She has also been active in Sugarloaf Regional Trails. For all her efforts, in 2008 we honored her with the Royce Hanson Award.
At MCA, we appreciated her for her efforts both big and small. Nary an action alert would reach her inbox without her writing in to support the Reserve. She always took the time to write us to congratulate us on victories.
In 2012, Peg brought many different stakeholders around her kitchen table in an effort to have a conference similar to the one organized in 1976 that began to coalesce support for the Ag Reserve to come into being. There were differences of opinion in the planning but Peg persisted- and baked amazing treats for all of us- and much like Nelson Mandela said, with Peg's quiet persistence, it was impossible until it was done. The result was the Farming at Metro's Edge Conference- an event that highlighted all the Reserve has become and the shared interested all stakeholders have in its protection. And of course Peg wrote the introduction the report.
We were all glad to know her, the Reserve is better for her. We will miss you, Peg.
The service for Peg will be Saturday, October 29th at 11:00 AM held at the Boyd's Presbyterian Church.
Sunset over Sugarloaf at Shepherd's Hey Farm
Food - Wine - Photography Walk
Saturday, October 29
Join us for the 3rd in our series of seasonal photo safaris with professional photographers Martin Radigan and Robert H. Clark. In addition to unparalleled access to this stunning farm and individualized instruction from 2 great photographers, there will be delicious wine from Rocklands Farm & Winery and locally sourced food. We'll cover how to make a successful landscape photograph through composition, length of exposure, light, scouting, and more.
MCA members: $75 Non-members: $100*
*includes 1 year membership
Consider arriving a little early to stop by Comus Market just down the street for Winter Squash and Pumpkins, Cider, Preserves, Apples and more!
Also- for those committed shutterbugs- Martin is hosting a West Virginia Photo workshop to capture fall leaves. October 6-9
Montgomery County’s Ag/Openspace Reserve is, by design, wholly outside the WSSC service area. Reserve residents, farms and businesses rely on ground water from the federally protected Piedmont Sole Source Aquifer- which also stretches into Frederick, Howard and Caroll Counties. According to the EPA, because the aquifer has just one source and serves such a wide swath of communities, the aquifer ”if contaminated, would pose a significant hazard to public health.”Whether you reside, work or play in the Reserve, understanding the finite and fragile nature of this high quality resource is important. We can all work to protect it and continue to enjoy it’s high quality sustainably.
See these links for more information.
Town of Poolesville Wellhead Protection Zone
USGS Water Science Center
MDE Groundwater Protection Program
National Groundwater Association
Montgomery County Water Resources Master Plan Appendix
Poolesville's Sugarland Community, a freed slave community established in the late 1800s, will be contributing 7 pictures to the permanent collection of the new African American Museum - set to open in late September. It is so thrilling that this community will be featured. Community members have worked hard to preserve their fascinating history. News Coverage Here.
Join us October 23 at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds to honor Anne and Jay! RSVP
Each year MCA presents the Royce Hanson Award in recognition of outstanding commitment toward the protection of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. The award is named after its first recipient, Dr. Royce Hanson, former Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Commission and original architect of the Ag Reserve.
This year we are pleased to honor Anne and Jay Cinque who have been active on issues in their own area of Boyds and lead Reserve residents in protecting local resources as part of Sugarloaf Citizens Association and Sugarloaf Land Conservancy. More about Anne and Jay here.
Please plan on joining us on Sunday October 23 at Black Hill Regional Park for food, music by The 19th Street Band (voted best local band by Bethesda Magazine), and a celebration of the Cinques and the Ag Reserve they cherish.
This event is free- but please consider becoming a member or renewing your MCA membership when you RSVP below- Thanks!
Immense Thanks to our Royce Hanson Award Event Sponsors:
Thanks to Rosa Gwinn on Facebook for the sweet photo!
WHEW- it was a hot one- three cheers to the crowd that made it out to the Second Annual Field and Fiddle Fest! Here is the crowd enjoying music by Justin Trawick and the Common Good, along with Poolesville’s own Smoke n’ Mangos. Thanks to Diana and Billy Conway for sponsoring our musical guests and immense gratitude to the hardest working sound guys ever Van Mertz and his crew ( Bill Taylor, Dwain Winters and Tony Premo) for making a barn sound like an opera house.
Remember our signature event all year in stylin' organic cotton in both unisex and ladies cuts.
We have new MCA shirts too! Head on over the MCA Gear Page
Field and Fiddle is this weekend – July 23! Here’s how the night will go down:Linden Farm- 20900 Martinsburg Rd – Dickerson MD
6-7 Smoke n’ Mangos / Games / FOOD! / Silent Auction Open
7- 8 Justin Trawick & The Common Good
8 – Auction Ends/Raffle Winner Announced
8 – 9 Justin Trawick and the Common Good Cont’d
9:15 ”The Call of the Land” Film Screening Learn More Here
Field and Fiddle is almost here! Take a look at the delectable baskets we’ve gathered for the silent auction.
July 23 - 6pm - 1st day Montgomery County Farm Tour Weekend
After touring local farms and the Reserve - bring a blanket, an appetite and an ear to beautiful Linden Farm (thanks, Sugarloaf Citizen's Association!)
by Caroline Taylor
A Little Farm Market Gem in Olney, MD
Published by Montgomery County Food Council
"The Common Ground Market" opened on June 12. Market Wrap-Up Here. A great time was had by all, hoping you can come back again every Second Sunday through October. The market is looking for more vendors- apply here.
The Press Release announcing the market debut is here.
Montgomery County Park's has kindly agreed to host the market at Owen's Park in Beallsville. The new market represents the joyful fact that the number of small, diversified and sustainable family farms are growing in the Reserve. A number of the farms are owned/operated by women who have come to the Reserve to employ their craft. And now they are coming together to share their work with you and in the Reserve so that consumers can shop and experience this remarkable place. Licensed food trucks will be there too as well as some cute critters for kids to enjoy!
Supporting local farms and local food is the core of MCA's mission. Support Montgomery's Ag Reserve Donate Here.
by Kristina Bostick
The pros and cons of public sewer treatment vs individual septic is a complicated subject. One thing is clear: Public sewer systems do leak and when they do, they leak big.
by Caroline Taylor
by Caroline Taylor
We've been salivating already for this season's cherries, peaches, plums, pears and apples. But Mother Nature... is in control.
Local Food Connection
Community Supported Agriculture
Restaurants & Retail
Artists of the Reserve
Montogmery Countryside Alliance
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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.