For the past 39 years Carole has lived within the Ag Reserve, ever appreciative of the vision of those who wisely set out protections for farmland and open space and ever cognizant of the need to be tenacious in ensuring that the area endures. Carole serves as the Chief Forest Ecologist for Montgomery County, founding the successful Weed Warrior Program over 15 years ago. As a young natural resource manager she was at the forefront of noticing the effects non-native invasives were having on the forest ecosystem. Trees were falling, birds were leaving and the parks were not the same. Working with Friends groups and volunteers, Carole laid the foundation for one of the most outstanding invasive species control programs in the country. Now, as Forest Ecologist for Montgomery Parks, Carole leads the Weed Warriors in the effort to manually control non-native invasive plants. Check out the updated and revised Best Management Practices methodology handbook.
Anne, formerly the Director of Department of Energy’s Fusion Energy Sciences Program, has been an Ag Reserve resident since 1980. Anne served as a member of Montgomery County’s Ag Preservation Advisory Board, and is currently a member Boyds Presbyterian Church and Sugarloaf Riding Club. She is active in Boyds Civic Association, Secretary Potomac Hunt Club.
Mary is a writer, blogger, gardener and aspiring mini-farmer who has enjoyed living in the Ag Reserve for the last three years. She and her husband came out from Washington DC and bought a "weekend" house that they now live in full time with cats, dogs, chickens and a variety of other farm animals. Mary works from home and when she's not writing; she enjoys walking the trails around her house, doing yoga, learning about permaculture, food fermentation, and growing medicinal plants and herbs. She is passionate about the Agricultural Reserve and looks forward to working with the MCA to ensure its viability and protection for years to come
Martin moved to Poolesville in 2014 with his wife, Abby, and daughter Maisie. Martin is a dedicated landscape photographer; his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and calendars, and been used by organizations dedicated to the appreciation and protection of wilderness spaces and natural resources, such as American Rivers and the National Park Service. Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve has been a new source of inspiration and features prominently in his most recent work.
Dr. Tom Hartsock has taught in the Animal Science department at UMD where he also directed the Institute of Applied Agriculture. He is a farmer in Clarksburg and a member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. MCA has worked closely with Tom on both the Farming at Metro's Edge Conference and the recent push to secure Mobile Ag Science Labs for Montgomery County Elementary Schools. We look forward to more collaboration to connect the importance of farms to people's everyday lives.