Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale - July 25th and July 26th
Across the Agricultural Reserve, Montgomery County’s farmers are preparing for the annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, which will be celebrated on July 25th and 26th. This year’s event is one of the biggest, and most diverse, in the tour’s 26-year history. (click here to access the full press releasee for this event)
King Barn Dairy MOOsuem to Feature Local Dairy Farmer
On June 28, 2015, the King Barn Dairy MOOseum is proudly featuring David and Barabara Weitzer from 12 to 4 pm as their guest to interact with MOOsuem Visitors by discussing life on a dairy farm in Montgomery County today. David and Barbara Weitzer are the owners and operators of Beneva Farm, a dairy operation west of Poolesville, Maryland in Montgomery County. For more information about this event and the King Barn Dairy MOOseum, please click on the link below:
Check out Montgomery County's year-round Farmers' Markets here! (2015 Update coming soon)
Check local farms and farm markets for seasonal produce, trees, gifts, and more!
Are you interested in developing a farm business plan, exploring alternative uses for your farmland, finding information on growing different products, or processing your products on your farm? Visit the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center's website for information and upcoming seminars.
From My Backyard to Our Bay
Now available online!
A Howard and Montgomery County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Our Drinking Water...(read more)
Participate in the Buy Local Challenge this year and support our local farmers!
Sign up for email announcements on Agricultural News and Information or the Annual Farm Tour
(follow the link, above, to create an account and check applicable boxes under "Economic Development")
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 fact sheets, pamphlets, the Montgomery County Horse Study, and the Montgomery County Farm Directory.
The Agricultural Services Division 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.
The Agricultural Services Division 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.
The Division cooperates with the following departments, agencies and nonprofit organizations:
The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
Agricultural Services Division
18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839