Poolesville Master Plan – MCA Submits Comments

Please click here for MCA’s comments.

The process is not over and there will be further opportunity for public input.

Poolesville’s Draft Master Plan offers some advancements and some potential for concern.

This plan anticipates adding approximately 1700 new residents.  Will the shared Piedmont groundwater aquifer be able to sustain new water consumers and withstand more impermeable surface and runoff? Does this build out comply with repeatedly stated wishes of Town residents to stay a small, rural community? The plan affects both the Town and the surrounding rural communities as it brings potential for traffic and resource depletion and degradation.   The public hearing is scheduled for September 14 7:30pm at Poolesville Town Hall.

Comments may be sent to:  Email townhall@lan2wan.com

Copy us please at:  info@mocoalliance.org

Mapping Reveals Big Changes in MD Land Cover!

land use map

BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, August 18, 2011) – Between 2002 and 2010, developed lands in Maryland increased by 8.4 percent, or 128,650 acres. That was- twice the rate of population, which increased 4.8 percent, or 259,600 persons, according to analysis in the State’s new Land Use/Land Cover map.

Not sounding much like smart growth.  This really makes it all the more clear that we must press forward with the preservation of the Ag Reserve here in Montgomery.  Don’t be fooled that development is tied to population growth in all cases.

For full news release click  Press Release

Join us for a film screening: “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?”



September 26- 7pm
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

Click here to see the trailer.

Buy tickets below through our secure pay pal account.

You have the option of getting discounted MCA membership with your tickets.
MCA has been chosen as “One of the Best” charities in the Greater DC region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, your gift will go right to work to maintain a vibrant Ag Reserve and farming community for generations to come.

Thank You!

Farmers tell cows “Make your own hay!”

“Nature believes in this approach and I believe in this approach.”  Andy McIntire, Owner operator McIntire Cattle Company

New pasture management techniques were discussed on a stinkin’ hot day in Virginia.  Tip of the rake to Virginia Conservation Network for organizing the event!

Read on.

Keep Montgomery Growing! Join MCA today.

Your membership and donations keep us working toward a vibrant and beautiful Ag Reserve here in Montgomery County.  Membership numbers truly matter when we go before state and local officials to testify or to seek support for our issues.   Moreover, our budget, while lean, does support two  professional staff members as well as expenditures on educational materials, legal counsel and environmental consultants.  Now, when issues of importance arise, including land uses that endanger our rural lands, the machinery is in place and ready to respond. MCA has built a solid reputation on its professionalism, work ethic  and results oriented approach.  We owe deep gratitude to our members, donors and partners.

Read more:  Where does my donation go?

Summer Producers Summit

Back in February, MCA convened a producers summit, drawing local farmers and community leaders together to discuss the challenges to farming in our region and brainstorm solutions.

While a number of great initiatives came from the meeting, (notably Land Link and the Producers Listserve), the conversation is far from over and the work toward a vibrant Reserve goes on.  MCA will be hosting a follow up summit this month.

Please Join us for dinner and conversation on Tuesday,  August 30th 5pm
at Button Farm (16820 Black Rock Road Germantown)

See the invite and rsvp here