Montgomery Countryside Alliance

Montgomery Countryside Alliance Promoting and Protecting the Land that Sustains Us in Montgomery County and the Sugarloaf Region. www.mocoalliance.org
Montgomery Countryside Alliance is a 501c3 tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of Montgomery County Maryland's 93,000 acre Agricultural and Open Space Reserve and surrounding rural areas.

Farmers have lived this existence since the beginning of agriculture, and now amidst a unique scenario, a crisis has dev...
03/28/2020

Farmers have lived this existence since the beginning of agriculture, and now amidst a unique scenario, a crisis has developed due to the unprepared nature of our current human society. We prepare for war, we prepare for retirement, we prepare to purchase a home, but when do we prepare to work in harmony with Nature? When do we prepare to be self resilient? When do we prepare to work as a community? Luckily, we now have that very opportunity.

We have the opportunity to take time to pause and reflect. We have the opportunity to support local businesses. We have the opportunity to engage in community. We can do this in many ways, let's start with respecting our fellow humans through reducing the spread of this virus. And let us finish by respecting Nature and learning how to live in deeper Harmony with All.

From Common Root Farm in Derwood:
https://mailchi.mp/93eed5f99305/csa-farm-share-program-enrollment-is-open-2702561

Photo: Terri Carbaugh Pitts

https://www.gypsyflowerfarm.com/flowers

Now shall I fill my heart with quiet music,Song of the wind across the pine-clad hill,Song of the rain and, Fairer than ...
03/28/2020

Now shall I fill my heart with quiet music,
Song of the wind across the pine-clad hill,
Song of the rain and, Fairer than all music,
Call of the thrush when twilight woods are still.
Medora C. Addison

Photo Susan Petro (not a thrush 😉)

Our friends at Common Root Farm in Derwood have opened online ordering and on-farm pickup. Our friends at the Food Counc...
03/27/2020
Common Root Farm

Our friends at Common Root Farm in Derwood have opened online ordering and on-farm pickup. Our friends at the Food Council have a good running list of local food biz in MoCo that are offering pickup or delivery: https://mocofoodcouncil.org/covid-19-supporting-moco-made-businesses/

Here is our latest update on the farm and plan moving forward.

We are opening online ordering with on-farm pick up starting this Sunday 3/22 from 10-3 pm! Visit our website at www.commonrootfarm.com for more details.

We are going to share here some local food businesses that are offering delivery/pickup. First up Rocklands Farm Winery ...
03/27/2020

We are going to share here some local food businesses that are offering delivery/pickup. First up Rocklands Farm Winery - our friends at the Food Council have a good running list here: https://mocofoodcouncil.org/covid-19-supporting-moco-made-businesses/

Today was our first door-to-door delivery day in Montgomery County & D.C.! We’re delivering wine & pasture-raised meats every Tuesday and Friday FOR FREE for orders of $100+. Don’t miss out— shop our store here: https://club.rocklandsfarmmd.com/Our-Wines Thanks for your support!❤️

03/27/2020

Listen. Listen. Breathe.
Montevideo Road and a Dry Seneca Creek and Rocklands Farm🍃

03/26/2020
Weeding while fuzzy

Weeding and fertilizing at the same time!
Amongst the grape vines in the Reserve.

🌱On National Agriculture Day we give thanks to our farmers. Celebrated here by Anna Richards:They ran to the groceries, ...
03/24/2020

🌱On National Agriculture Day we give thanks to our farmers. Celebrated here by Anna Richards:

They ran to the groceries, they filled up their carts,
They emptied the Tops and Price Chopper and Walmart,
They panicked and fought and then panicked some more,
Then they rushed to their homes and they locked all the doors.
The food will be gone! The milk eggs and cheese!
The yogurt! The apples! The green beans and peas!
The stores have run out, now what will we do?
They’ll be starving and looting and nothing to do!
Then they paused, and they listened a moment or two.
And they did hear a sound, rising over the fear,
It started out far, then began to grow near.
But this sound wasn’t sad, nor was it new,
The farms were still doing what farms always do.
The food was still coming, though they’d emptied the shelves,
The farms kept it coming, though they struggled themselves,
Though the cities had forgotten from where their food came,
The farms made them food every day, just the same.
Through weather and critics and markets that fall,
The farms kept on farming in spite of it all.
They farmed without thank yous.
They farmed without praise.
They farmed on the hottest and coldest of days.
They’d bought all the food, yet the next day came more,
And the people thought of something they hadn’t before.
Maybe food, they thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe farmers, perhaps, mean a little bit more.

Look for the helpers. Steady, we’ve got this.
03/24/2020

Look for the helpers. Steady, we’ve got this.

MCA board member Joe Long and family have been busy. Here planting potatoes. What’s in your garden? Who’s your farmer?St...
03/23/2020

MCA board member Joe Long and family have been busy. Here planting potatoes.
What’s in your garden? Who’s your farmer?

Stay tuned for post on local food system Zoom conversation set for Wednesday morning - organized by our friends at TALLE.
Meanwhile, have you considered a CSA share?

http://www.mocoalliance.org/community-supported-agriculture.html

Mt. Ephraim RoadThrough the lens of  Terri Carbaugh Pitts
03/21/2020

Mt. Ephraim Road

Through the lens of Terri Carbaugh Pitts

🌳🌲🍃International Day of Forests...Spend time with trees... planting, caring for, gazing at... Have any pictures of some ...
03/21/2020

🌳🌲🍃International Day of Forests...
Spend time with trees... planting, caring for, gazing at...
Have any pictures of some of your favorite trees? Kids have poems or drawings? We have some t-shirts for top three submissions.

Next best thing to being there...
03/20/2020

Next best thing to being there...

Catalogs! Catalogs! Catalogs! The 2020 catalogs were all printed before the decision was made to cancel the Festival. Many of you have said you would like one anyway to serve as a keepsake, so we have decided to go ahead and mail catalogs to everyone who ordered one, and we are reopening catalog sales at https://mswf2020.eventbrite.com/. We have a couple of thousand of them that would normally be given away at the Festival sitting on pallets at the fairgrounds, and we'd love to get rid of them. So order a catalog to commemorate the Festival that never happened! Your purchase will help offset the printing costs. Plus they are chock full of advertisers that could use your support right now!

Don't forget that can you also use Eventbrite to make a donation to help offset the expenses that went into planning the Festival so far, as well as any fees we may incur because of the unanticipated cancellation.

Here’s a thing we can do and maintain social distancing and save the trees!🌳🌳🌳
03/19/2020
Pledge to Remove English Ivy - Rock Creek Conservancy

Here’s a thing we can do and maintain social distancing and save the trees!🌳🌳🌳

Pledge to Remove English Ivy Take Our Pledge to Remove English Ivy From Your Property English ivy is an invasive plant that is commonly used as a ground cover. It spreads rapidly, kills trees, and damages property. We are currently working to remove English ivy from trees on park lands, but we need....

03/18/2020
Councilmember Will Jawando

Grab the little ones!

Our First Virtual Storytime! Please join us here every weekeday at 11:30a.m. est for a new book and updates!

Sid Egly, Reserve farmer, writes:Flower farming is my peaceful and calm escape from it all 🌷Today was a long, sunny nine...
03/18/2020

Sid Egly, Reserve farmer, writes:

Flower farming is my peaceful and calm escape from it all 🌷Today was a long, sunny nine hour workday, filled with hours of weeding inside the Anemone and Ranunculus Low tunnels , composting, and amending tons of brand new flower beds for the ever so quickly approaching warm seasons ahead. 💐

The first tray of my beautiful Lace Flower seedlings are officially sowed and I couldn’t be more excited, yet anxious to see these guys in full bloom this Spring 🌸 #gypsyflowerfarm @ Gypsyflowerfarm

Great coverage - Patuxent River Keeper, Fred TutmanReads in part- regarding Chalk Point re-opening:“That’s how it goes w...
03/17/2020
Perspective | Fred Tutman sees himself as the voice of the Patuxent, and he says the river has a warning for us

Great coverage - Patuxent River Keeper, Fred Tutman

Reads in part- regarding Chalk Point re-opening:

“That’s how it goes with these kinds of fights,” Tutman said. “You win some, you lose some. Then you go back and win some more. We are not giving up.”

The environmental activist says the river, once known as the greatest in Maryland, could be healthy again. But if we don’t act soon, we may all pay the price.

Mr. Rogers always said, in a crisis "look for the helpers" three cheers to Community Food Rescue and Manna Food Center. ...
03/17/2020

Mr. Rogers always said, in a crisis "look for the helpers" three cheers to Community Food Rescue and Manna Food Center. Food can be donated through CFR and Manna could use your financial support right now.

MD restaurants must close today at 5pm. Any Montgomery County restaurant, please donate unsold, unserved food to Community Food Rescue.Sign up on www.communityfoodrescue.org. Click on DONATE, sign up to use ChowMatch and post your donation. Contact [email protected] if you need assistance. Thank you!

Tortellini the lamb greets!Thanks to Lee Langstaff at Shepherd’s Hey farm!
03/16/2020

Tortellini the lamb greets!

Thanks to Lee Langstaff at Shepherd’s Hey farm!

03/16/2020
WUMCO Help Inc.

Wondering how we can help others during this time?

In this uncertain time WUMCO is continuing to serve our community. We are prepared to help families who rely on free or reduced school breakfast/lunch for their children with food assistance as well as financial assistance for those impacted by closures.

Pssst... a little closer... listen up... re Covid 19 and the need to be proactive in our daily lives:The nation’s top in...
03/15/2020

Pssst... a little closer... listen up... re Covid 19 and the need to be proactive in our daily lives:

The nation’s top infectious diseases expert urged Americans on Sunday to prepare to hunker down as the U.S. scrambles to contain and mitigate the spread of a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of people here.
“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
Six in 10 respondents of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll said they thought the worst of the novel coronavirus pandemic was yet to come. But a majority of respondents also said they expected their lives to change in only a “small way” or not at all.

🔆To do - kids - families - explorersTime to tell stories of your travels outside in the Reserve and hereabouts - in imag...
03/15/2020

🔆To do - kids - families - explorers
Time to tell stories of your travels outside in the Reserve and hereabouts - in images/videos/words! Whaddya see and hear and smell... budding trees, early blooms, crisp air, critters, fellow adventurers, history... farm goods... ? Please share as we pull the stories of this remarkable place with purpose together. We hope to tell the story through your eyes. Share here or send to:
[email protected] 🌱🌞🌳

Ta da!!
03/15/2020

Ta da!!

Stay tuned! Next week, MAEF will be showcasing Ag Ed lessons, videos, and activities to do with your kids to keep their minds engaged on this two week break! #agintheclassroom #onlinelearning #dontforgettowashyourhands #agtagmd

And now... a moment for the goats.Thanks  to the keen lens of Terri Carbaugh Pitts !!!
03/13/2020

And now... a moment for the goats.

Thanks to the keen lens of Terri Carbaugh Pitts !!!

🌳Spring is for planting native trees! Thanks again to Gardens by Garth, Schott’s Nursery, program advisor Carole Bergman...
03/12/2020

🌳Spring is for planting native trees! Thanks again to Gardens by Garth, Schott’s Nursery, program advisor Carole Bergmann, Reserve farm owners, student volunteers and Montgomery County Planning MNCPP for enabling the work. Here pictured - slope to Little Monocacy... the 5-7’ native trees (once established) will help stabilize the hilly field that has been degraded due to changing patterns of precipitation... (Tree auger- pictured on separate planting site near Poolesville.)
Cleaner water, habitat increased, greater carbon sequestration... good stuff.

The majesty of bees.Jillian Savage’s amazing capture
03/11/2020

The majesty of bees.

Jillian Savage’s amazing capture

Tonight’s Worm Moon!Martin Radigan’s magnificent lens
03/10/2020

Tonight’s Worm Moon!

Martin Radigan’s magnificent lens

🌳Three cheers for our colleagues at the Audubon Naturalist Society for their solid and quick to take action alert!  The...
03/09/2020
TAKE ACTION: MoCo should protect the Ag Reserve and plan for solar in the right places

🌳Three cheers for our colleagues at the Audubon Naturalist Society for their solid and quick to take action alert! The hearing record closes on March 13 and industry is pushing hard to act first and plan later. Give Voice!
Public Hearing wrap up here:
http://www.mocoalliance.org/news/industrial-solar-zta-hearing-report

First learn…then scroll down to the bottom of this blog to TAKE ACTION!Earlier this year, Montgomery County Council Members Hans Riemer and Tom Hucker submitted a new bill to loosen restricti…

In these times... be steady and find peace in the beauty and bounty around you. Here now, again, the words of Wendell Be...
03/09/2020

In these times... be steady and find peace in the beauty and bounty around you. Here now, again, the words of Wendell Berry...
(Photo Potomac River from Reserve - Susan Petro)

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Here’s to the magnificent cultivators of life!
03/08/2020

Here’s to the magnificent cultivators of life!

“We are called to be Lady Farmers in the same way we are called to be sisters, daughters, mothers, beloveds, whether we truly hold these titles or not. We are women. We love boldly, we give and do not count the cost. We sow the seeds of life all around us. We nurture soil and souls.” - from our lovely friend & community member, Shayn Clare of Wild and Free Playschool | Happy International Women’s Day, though in all honesty, over here it’s pretty much always Women’s Day 🙃

📷 of the Land Girls from The New York Times

It’s out and on magazine stands near you!!Three cheers for the PLENTY folks for telling the stories that educate, inspir...
03/06/2020

It’s out and on magazine stands near you!!

Three cheers for the PLENTY folks for telling the stories that educate, inspire, and entertain.

“The Golden Hour”Susan Early Petro
03/05/2020

“The Golden Hour”

Susan Early Petro

Giving voice to the imperative to act with forethought and science and sound public policy as guides with regard to clim...
03/04/2020

Giving voice to the imperative to act with forethought and science and sound public policy as guides with regard to climate change adaptation and mitigation. (Hearing re Proposed zoning change to allow utility scale solar as a primary use in the Reserve)
Last evening - pictured a sampling of those who testified before the County Council. Huge thanks to those who have given their voices through correspondence/calls in the quest to get this right.
Still time to weigh in (record closes March 13) as the zoning proposal goes to committee later this month.

http://www.mocoalliance.org/news/action-needed-large-scale-solar-arrays-on-productive-farmland

Hearing can be viewed here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1rGkbDqN_fo&feature=youtu.be

The Reserve... good comes from it.This is the Reserve’s 40th year... let’s celebrate through action... buying locally, r...
03/03/2020

The Reserve... good comes from it.
This is the Reserve’s 40th year... let’s celebrate through action... buying locally, restoring native forests/meadows, lending voice to its protection... ensuring that the next generation of producers has all that is needed to farm here.
Extraordinary eggs... Thistle Thickets Farm
Hand crafted wooden bowl - The Blue Hearth
Have you taken action to ensure forethought in planning for siting commercial solar facilities?

http://www.mocoalliance.org/news/action-needed-large-scale-solar-arrays-on-productive-farmland

Attn Landowners - our friends at Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter in Poolesville are hosting ...
03/02/2020

Attn Landowners - our friends at Izaak Walton League of America Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter in Poolesville are hosting a free soil health session for local landowners looking to move their land toward regenerative agriculture March 21.http://www.mocoalliance.org/uploads/4/8/8/6/48867647/soil_seminar_3_21_20.pdf

A chance to learn for new or aspiring farmers. Doctors and teachers have clearly set paths to training for their importa...
03/02/2020

A chance to learn for new or aspiring farmers. Doctors and teachers have clearly set paths to training for their important careers, not so for the important folks who feed us each day - trainings like this are crucial along with mentoring relationships.

New Farmer workshops are held every Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Ag History Farm Park. Each week the training is on a different aspect of farming. The March dates are the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Contact Chuck Schuster, [email protected], for questions or more information. These workshops are free!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MontgomeryCountyAg/events

Your kiddos can get their hands dirty just over the line in FredCo  at House in the Woods Farm with long time farmer Ile...
03/02/2020

Your kiddos can get their hands dirty just over the line in FredCo at House in the Woods Farm with long time farmer Ileen, she has lots to teach.

Back by popular demand...Ilene's On the Farm class dates are up for springtime farm adventures! Two class series for 5-8 year olds (approx) in April and May. All the details on the website. Space is limited!

http://houseinthewoods.com/on-the-farm-classes

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PO Box 24
Poolesville, MD
20837

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Montgomery Countryside Alliance.... Advocates for land use and transportation policies that enhance agriculture and land preservation. Educates about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of local farmland. Support local farms to strengthen our rural economy. Celebrate the beauty and abundance of the Ag Reserve. Conserve the economic value and rural landscape of the Ag Reserve for current and future generations of the region.

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In 1980, Montgomery County set aside 93,000 acres to protect farmland and open space. We are the small (but mighty!) award-winning nonprofit organization that keeps our growing county and growing farms in harmony.

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Comments

Many people in the community wanted to help and now you can.
Do you know what's being built on Comus Road between 109 and Peach Tree?
While in the reserve last week, I felt so much gratitude to all who made and continue to make agricultural preservation possible. No industrial uses please. Farmland is for farming.!
Of interest to the MoCoAlliance members? Leggett Seeks Applicants for Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board. The 20-member Board advises the County Executive, County Council, and the Regional Director of the Upcounty area on needs and priorities such as transportation, human services, the environment, land use, public safety, and other issues of local importance. https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/BCCpublic/ViewJob.aspx?id=309
Noted: County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill four vacancies on the Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group (DAFIG) for representatives of the affected upcounty community. The purpose of this Group is to address community and environmental issues and concerns pertaining to the County's solid waste facilities located in the Dickerson area. Vacancy info is at https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/BCCpublic/ViewJob.aspx?id=278 and DAFIG info is at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/SWS/dafig/.
Blue birds in Comus today, enjoy.
Looking forward to the bike ride.
Does anybody know about the "Coming Soon" for sale signs on the fields on Comus road between 109 and Peach Tree? I hope they're not selling the huge fields to developers!