Connecting land owners with farmers… Land Link Montgomery has been gaining traction and news is spreading that this program is helping to address the primary challenge to bringing new farmers to Montgmery’s Ag Reserve: access to affordable acreage. MCA is working with Montgomery County Department of Economic Development to ensure broad outreach and land owner education about the benefits of Land Link.
We are also identifying host farms for new farm start up and farm mentoring programs. These two new linkages will provide new farm businesses with necessary acreage to grow their business and, importantly, provide on farm training for our new farmers.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest in the programs!
It’s no secret that we find the writings and philosophy of Wendell Berry to be compelling. So when we latched on to his 17 Tips for a Sustainable Economy we wanted to make sure to share with others.
They are all good. Here are just a few:
5. Understand the ultimate unsoundness of the industrial doctrine of ‘labor saving’ if that implies poor work, unemployment, or any kind of pollution or contamination.
6. Develop properly scaled value-adding industries for local products to ensure that the community does not become merely a colony of national or global economy.
7. Develop small-scale industries and businesses to support the local farm and/or forest economy.
The winning project produced a published resource!
Member Melane Hoffmann and
Exec. Director Caroline Taylor review notes…
MCA Board members Melane Hoffmann, David Shneyer and Executive Director Caroline Taylor had the pleasure reviewing the senior Global projects at Poolesville HS again this year. Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology Program, as well as the other excellent honors programs: Science Math, Humanities and Independent Research have helped to garner the school status as #1 high school in achievement in Maryland and #64 in the U.S. The Global program is a County wide magnet attracting the best and brightest to the school.
Certificates of Merit – this year there were some stand outs that deserved recognition – projects with results that relate to shared goals of sustainability, stewardship, education and economic opportunity and students with enthusiasm and heart: