It’s that lovely time of year! Take a few minutes to read the history of Jack-o-Lantern carving, find a pumpkin of your own, and make a masterpiece! See below for a list of farms that provide Fall goodies…
Check out these local farms with pumpkins and fun aplenty:
Good Life Farm
To many motorists, the hedgerows along the Reserve’s Rustic Roads are often just a blur of green, many speed by without knowing the beauty or importance of these roadside thickets. Roadside trees provide important habitat to diverse life including the pollinating insects that are so important to farmers. The trees prevent erosion, and offer windbreaks that were particularly important in keeping blowing snow off the road this past winter. Here now are the winners of our Hedgerow Picture Contest, each winner will have their picture featured on our website and receive Tina Brown’s beautiful Ag Reserve Map. Thanks to all our contestants for taking the time to show us the beauty of our roadsides! More info on Rustic Roads.
MCA is joining with our friends at Rocklands Farm and Potomac Farmers Market to bring you the First Annual Old Seneca Artisan’s Festival on Saturday, October 9th. This event is free, ticket sales for the local wine tasting at the event benefit Rocklands farm in their first year of operation. The evening Art Auction benefits MCA. Bring a canned food donation for Manna Food Bank to receive discounted day-of tickets, here’s what they need most! Or buy tickets online here. Come on down for a good time on the Farm!
Farmers crops have been hit hard due to drought in Western Maryland…
The July/August edition of Montgomery Life Magazine featured the Ag Reserve in an article titled “The Road Less Traveled.” Click here for the pdf.
MCA partner Sugarloaf Regional Trails has been documenting the beauty of our region for many decades. Please see an exciting press release below about visiting Sugarloaf Country in the digital age. Fall is the perfect time to visit the Mountain and surrounding landscape, log on and head out!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Margaret Coleman, 301-972-3452
Explore Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain Area with Online Trail Guides Fifteen trail guides that explore natural and historic areas near Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain are now available on the Internet. Each guide includes online maps and descriptions compatible with today’s smart phones, as well as downloadable maps and text that can be printed to take along on the trip.
The trails are designed for walking, canoeing, driving or biking. Travelers will see rural villages, farms, churches, parks, markets, historic sites, the C&O Canal, the Potomac and Monocacy Rivers, a rail line, and, of course, the mountain itself.
Sugarloaf Regional Trails, a non-profit organization of area residents, provides the free online trail guides as a way to focus attention on conserving unique rural areas in upper Montgomery and lower Frederick Counties. The Web address is www.SugarloafRegionalTrails.org or for a shorter form, use www.srtgo.org.
Volunteers from the organization researched thirteen of the trails in the early 1970s, printing them as brochures for public distribution. Later, the guides were published as a book, Circling Historic Landscapes. Now the organization has again updated all site information, added photos and Google® maps. Two new trails were created and all fifteen trail guides are now available online. The project combined volunteer research with professional web design using matching funds from the Maryland Historical Trust and Heritage Montgomery.
“We live in a region whose beauty and history we want to showcase,” says SRT President Margaret Coleman. “Our trail guides tell many stories about Sugarloaf Area history – you can visit sites that were in use before the Declaration of Independence or were significant during the Civil War – but we also feature the latest trends in local agriculture, such as on-the-farm vegetable markets, turf farming and Maryland wines.” Visitors to the Sugarloaf Mountain area will find the free online trail guides an easy way to explore and enjoy a unique rural landscape. “We invite anyone living or working in an intensely developed metropolitan community to visit. You can be renewed here,” offers Sugarloaf Regional Trails President Coleman. “We also want you to learn about the Sugarloaf area and why it is a heritage worth protecting.”
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Manna Food Bank has been forging some great partnerships with local farms to grow fresh produce for food bank clients. Even with the influx of great local food, they still need to have canned goods on hand for their clients, particularly as the season winds down. A number of farmers markets and nonprofits (including us! stay tuned!) are hosting “food-raising” events for Manna. Click here to see all upcoming events.