Our Education Committee has been busy scheduling outreach events with local high school students. In January, Poolesville High School's Global Ecology program got a homecoming visit from retired faculty member Joyce Bailey- now chairing MCA's education committee. Joyce was joined by Gene Kingsbury of Kingsbury Orchard, Amanda Cather of Plow and Stars Farm, Doug Tregoning of the County Extension Office. Gene and Doug also visited a horticulture class at Sherwood High School.
As in past years, the committee is planning visits to farms in the spring, including Shepherd's Hey, Rocklands Farm and Kingsbury's Orchard. Along with trips to Ten Mile Creek. We are working with stellar MCA volunteer and elementary school teacher Kirsten Novo to adapt Ag Reserve lessons for our younger residents in line with the Ute Aminzadeh Educational Project.
Having finished a schedule thick with wonderful events in September and October including Farm to Fork, Ride for the Reserve, and the 2017 Royce Hanson Award, we thought we might have a little down time for some administrivia. No such thing!
Land Use Planning – Transportation: A forward thinking resolution
We added our voice and effort in support of a sound County Council Resolution ensuring that upcounty land use planning maintains balance with current and approved transportation infrastructure. First rule: When in a hole, stop digging. Happy to report that the resolution passed 7-2. Hats off to the TAME Coalition and County Councilmembers for getting this done.
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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.