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Upcoming Events

Newest Farm Brewery to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Join us on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2 pm for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony launching the Brookeville Beer Farm.  The operation represents Montgomery County's newest farm-brewery. Brookeville Beer Farm is promoted as an intersection of sustainable farming and brewing practices, as the crops from their farm fuel the brewery and the excess ingredients from the brewery are recycled onto the farm. Their goal is to have the majority of their hops and herbs for the beers grown on the farm or locally. The brewery is located adjacent to the tasting room in their main building. It contains a ten barrel system with four bright tanks and eight conical fermenters. 
 
Brookeville Beer Farm is located at 20315 Georgia Avenue, Brookville, Maryland 20833 (along state route 97).  For more information about Brookeville Beer Farm please visit their website at the following address at www.brookevillebeerfarm.com


Montgomery County Farm Bureau’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Come celebrate local foods at the Montgomery County Farm Bureau’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner event.  The date of this event is Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Maryland Meadows Farm located at 26809 Purdum Road in Damascus, Maryland.  Tickets are $55.00 dollars each which includes dinner and wine and beer tastings.  Tickets are limited so please purchase your tickets soon!  For more information please contact the Montgomery County Farm Buearu via email at mcfarmbureausecetary@gmail.com   Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the following link Montgomery County Farm Bureau’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner



Montgomery Farm Bureau Farm to Table Dinner Flyer

Office of Agriculture News!

Agricultural Agencies Awarded Champion Blue Ribbon for
best Agricultural Exhibitor at the 2016Montgomery County Agricultural Fair


The Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, partnering with the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, The University of Maryland Extension, and Montgomery County Farm Bureau were awarded the Champion Blue Ribbon at the Montgomery County Fair for best agricultural exhibitor. 

We are very proud of the partnership that we have with our sister agencies that work collectively to provide assistance to our agricultural community and to the residents of Montgomery County.



One of the our biggest and most popular attractions to our exhibit this year is a similuated dairy cow that children can sit down and see what it is like to "milk" a dairy Cow!  Pictured below is this year's Montgomery County Fair Queen Jessica Corazza demonstrating her skill at Milking our Dairy Cow.
                                                                                  


On behalf of all the the County's Agricultural Agency and Organization partners, the Office of Agriculture extends our sincere appreciation and thanks for all those that visited with us at our booth.  We hope you enjoyed our exhibits and displays and look forward to seeing you again at next year's agricultural fair.
 


Buy Local Challenge Support Local Agriculture:

Now available online!  From My Backyard to Our Bay

A Howard and Montgomery County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Our Drinking Water...(  read more )

 


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Topics of Interest:

Attention Fruit and Vegetable Producers! Are you looking for a wholesale buyer for your produce? Download our list of  Regional Wholesale Produce Buyers (92 kb/PDF).

Looking for a reliable source of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for the next growing season? Join one of Montgomery County's  Community-Supported Agricultural Operations (CSAs). Hurry, subscriptions are limited and fill up fast!

Deer Management - Find out how the Division is supporting County deer management efforts.

Farmland Preservation - Learn how to preserve your farm for future generations.

Publications - Download pamphlets, the Montgomery County Horse Study, the Montgomery County Farm Directory and other agricultural publications.

Ag Facts - Download fact sheets, or access information about agricultural use assessments as well as State and County Agricultural Transfer Taxes

New Farmer Project - Information regarding the New Farmer Project


The Office of Agriculture

  •  was created to support and promote the viability of the agricultural industry in Montgomery County. Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of Montgomery County's land area and the County's diverse agricultural industry - 540 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises - produces more than $287 million in economic contribution and employs more than 10,000 residents.  
  • works to increase the public's awareness of the value and economic impact of agriculture. In order to preserve working farmland, the Division works closely with farmers in the County's  Agricultural Reserve. More than half of the County's 93,000 acres of viable farmland is now preserved through  transfer of development rights or  easement purchase intiatives. Two years before its 2010 goal, the County achieved its farmland preservation goal to protect 70,000 acres of farmland.


The majority of Montgomery County farms are family-run operations, many reaching back several generations, and these farms are state-of-the-art agricultural operations, contributing to the County's incredibly strong economy. Preserving farmland as a resource ensures that Montgomery County will have agricultural production capabilities in the future.

 

Our office  cooperates with the following departments, agencies and nonprofit organizations:

Nonprofit and other cooperating organizations:
The Montgomery County Farm Bureau
The Montgomery County Food Council

The Montgomery County Food Council was established as an advisory board to develop a bold vision for a Sustainable Community Food System Initiatives for Montgomery County.  Officially launched in February 2012, its 19 current Council Members broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically, and include chef restaurateurs, food entrepreneurs, and representatives of local government, non-profits, and business.

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

National Capital Farms



Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

 

The Office of Agriculture · 18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839

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