Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA) has released a map of regional meat processing locations in an effort to document current service levels and show potential for more processing locations.
See the map larger here
MCA was a proud lead organization of the January 2013 Farming at Metro’s Edge (FAME) conference which gathered farmers, educators, environmentalists, local officials and residents to chart a course for a strong Ag. sector and local food system in Montgomery and Frederick Counties.
The FAME report highlighted a number of ways to increase farmer profitability and local food production- including increased resources for Ag Extension services and better Ag Education for students and the general public. Specific challenges were also identified for small scale table crop and meat producers.
Currently, MCA is answering local land acquisition challenges with our Land Link program and the meat processing map represents another resource intended to help farmers find the tools to maintain farming as a way of life and a career in our metro region. Greg Glenn of Rocklands Farm commented, “as farmers, our time is so completely occupied with… farming. Having these types of resources available is so valuable.”
The strength of our local food system depends on collaboration and MCA continues to partner with farmers, consumers and local organizations to build on the findings of the FAME report and grow both our cities and our food in balance.