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King Dairy Barn MOOsuem to Honor
Local Dairy Family

On July 24th the King Dairy Barn MOOsuem hosted an event to honor the Duvall family’s contribution to Montgomery County Agriculture.  For more than 100 years, the Duvall family has farmed one of County’s most historic farms.  Descendants of Sherwood (Sr.) and Verdie Duvall gathered at Germantown’s King Barn Dairy to tell their family’s story of their historic farm near Damascus, Maryland. The MOOseum is located in the South Germantown Regional Park at 18028 Central Park Circle, off I-270 and Route 118. 

An exhibit was on display for this event illustrating how the family and their farm have served the Montgomery County area.  The farm is listed on the MOOseum’s unique dairy farm map, pinpointing more than 400 family dairy farms that once operated in the suburban county. The Duvall family story is part of the MOOseum’s continuing Sunday series to showcase farms that contributed significantly in the county’s 240-year history. The MOOseum houses one of the area’s most complete and unusual dairy archives. It is housed in a 1930’s dairy barn, and its exhibits include a 1904 horse-drawn dairy wagon, a 1921 Model T milk truck, a model railroad, replicas of major dairy cattle found in Montgomery County, and samples of dairy equipment used in the county during the past 100 years. Admission is free. Contributions are welcome.
 


First On Farm Brewery Launches in Montgomery County

 
                                                                                             

Waredaca Brewing Company recently hosted their ribbon cutting ceremony memorializing Montgomery County’s first on-farm farm brewery.  County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmen George Leventhal and Hans Riemer were in attendance for this special event.  Waredaca Brewing Company is committed to sustainability, local ingredients and brewing beer using the best practices possible.  All of their beers include something grown/produced on the farm and their production schedule is directly related to harvest timing.  The farm has been in their family for over 60 years, and they plan to create a brewery that functions in harmony with the wide array of activities that make this place what it is today.  For more information regarding Waredaca Brewing Company please select the link below:

Waredaca Brewing Company


Mobile Agricultural Science Lab at Montgomery County Schools

Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, in partnership with the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) and the Montgomery Countryside Alliance are working collectively to bring a Mobile Science Lab to Montgomery County Elementary Schools.   The theme for this mobile science lab is entitled Food, Fiber and You.

The Mobile Science Lab provides a variety of hands-on experiences in County schools to further engage students in learning about agriculture.  The County will utilize the mobile lab programs and services provided by the MAEF to deliver specialized education to the students in the elementary schools of MCPS through the Food, Fiber and You program.

The goal is to utilize the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation programs to increase the opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning about where food comes from in a unique learning environment where they will hypothesize, experiment, collect data and draw conclusions from lessons relevant to everyday life.

Over the next five years, the mobile science lab will reach every elementary school in the County.   For more info on the Mobile Science Lab, please click on the following link: Mobile Science Lab


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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