MoCo's own Farmer Tanya of Passion to Seed Gardening in Laytonville (and her Mom!) were featured on former Senator Heidi Heitkamp's podcast "The Hot Dish."
There are change coming to the Dickerson Power Plant property which has been closed. 740 acres of the property has been bought by a company called Terra Energy in August 2022.Terra’s owners have kept SCA, Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA), the Sierra Club and others apprised of their plans for this large parcel of land in Montgomery County. Those plans have evolved over the past year and will likely continue to evolve as the new owners scope out regulatory requirements and limits, and meet with county and state officials and assorted business partners and other groups. Here is a copy of our correspondence with Terra Innovations.
We are sharing a post from our partners at Sugarloaf Citizens Association with a deep dive on the large data center(s) complex and energy storage facility Terra is planning to build on the land.
Next steps: we will be meeting with the County Executive to convey our thoughts/concerns. We will meet with Terra Innovations to convey our requested conditions/provisions for their conditional use approval for both data centers and battery storage facility.
MCA signed onto a letter with the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County asking that the County Executive expand her previous executive order that was a pause on approval of data center site plans to add a pause on certain zoning map amendments while the new use of data centers is studied. The letter asks that a pause be expanded to include acceptance, review or approval of data centers while the report from the county's Data Center Working Group is in process and the County makes any policy changes based on that report.
This common sense ask keeps data centers from rushing to apply now before new policies are enacted.
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According to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GESI), in their Smarter 2030 report, the digital world today, at this very moment, encompasses:
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MCA is proud to announce that we have been recognized for a third time 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.