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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair - August 12-20, 2016


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 a Blue Ribbon Champion Ribbon at the Montgomery County Fair for best Agricultural exhibitor at this year’s fair. 

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.
                                                                                  


There is still time to visit this this year’s Fair as the attractions, exhibits and all the great activities and food are open until the close of the fair on the evening of Saturday, August 20th.    Come and see our award winning exhibits and displays where you can learn about the County's Agriculture Reserve and the diversity of Agricultural operations that inhabit our working landscape.  Office of Agriculture staff will be on site to answer your questions about Montgomery County Agriculture.  Be sure to ask about how you can get your own set of the 2016 Farm Tour Trading Cards. 

The Office of Agriculture's Exhibit and Display are located on the Upper Grounds near the Chilly Mall, directly adjacent to the Maryland Ag in the Classroom’s Mobile Science Lab.

For more information about this year's fair please click on the following link to the The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

See you at the Fair!


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



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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