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New Farmer Project

A very large garden

The New Farmer Project fills in the gaps that inhibit small, sustainable-practice farmers and horticulturalists from starting new businesses in the county.

 

Why go through the start-up phase twice?

The New Farmer Project is unlike many farm incubators across the country.

The New Farmer Project provides mentoring and specialized business training like marketing, accounting, business planning and advanced sustainable farm practices for new farmers. What makes our project really unique is our “leapfrogging” of the physical incubator phase, and getting you onto a private, long-term leased site right away.

What does this mean, and why is it important?

Most  incubator programs place farmers on shared space for a limited amount of time—usually about three years.

Upon entering these programs, the farmers must almost immediately start preparing for the end of their terms, which includes finding a more permanent location, soil conditioning at the new site, and planning their plots….all while operating their brand new businesses at the incubator site!

Our farmers will only have to go through the start up phase once.

By matching new farmers with private land owners throughout the Agricultural Reserve from the beginning, our farmers are singularly focused on growing their businesses instead of finding new real estate.

The day you start the project you’ll begin negotiations with a land owner, be matched with an experienced mentor and have access to business planning and technical resources that will help you make the most of your enterprise concept. You'll also have access to shared equipment that can often be cost-prohibitive for a new farm enterprise.

Stay tuned for the next application period for the
New Farmer Project. 


Why this program is

important...


"Our region has an ever-

increasing demand for

sustainable, local food

that nourishes our

children, reclaims our

environment and provides

meaningful employment 

within the county".

 


Isiah Leggett

County Executive



The Farm Equipment Share Program.

The Office of Agriculture has developed the Farm Equipment Share Program.   This program is designed to make available to limited resource farmers and those interested in installing best management practices, several pieces of equipment. The available equipment for rental use includes: LandPride No-Till Drill, John Deere Manure Spreader, BCS Walk-Behind Tractor, Rain-Flo Plastic Mulch Lifter.  This farm equipment share program is made possible through the support of Montgomery County Government, the Montgomery County Farm Bureau and the US Small Business Administration.  Montgomery Soil Conservation District works to promote conservation of our natural resources and sustain agriculture in Montgomery County.
 
The administration of the Farm Equipment Share Program is conducted through the Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD).  The process begins by completing the Farm Equipment Program Lease Agreement, including providing proof of required insurance and submitting to the Montgomery Soil Conservation District.  Because we support the use of Best Management Practices on the farm and wish you a safe and successful planting season, another requirement of the program is that Leases must have or be in the process of getting a Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan for their property that is prepared by MSCD.
 
Completed applications should be returned to the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855  Attn: Karen Walker.
 
If you have specific questions regarding the Farm Equipment Program, Please Contact Karen Walker by phone 301-590-2855. 
 
Link to the lease agreement (Document is MSWord File)
 
For more information,   read the county's press release.
For more information, please contact   Jeremy Criss (301) 590-2810.

 

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

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