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It has always been a goal of Brickyard Educational Farm to connect kids with food for better living and to learn about t...
09/06/2018
School Lunch Can Close the Gap Between Children and Farmers

It has always been a goal of Brickyard Educational Farm to connect kids with food for better living and to learn about the environment. Read how Alice Waters wants to change how kids feel about school cafeteria lunches.

Alice Waters creates a pledge to unite schools, support local farmers, and build a better food system for children.

07/09/2018
Maryland Trust Fund Awards Water Quality Grants -- Environmental Protection

"Through these innovative and pioneering partnerships, Maryland is realizing lower costs for the removal of nutrients and sediments, benefiting both the environment and taxpayers.

The grants will provide funding to stream and wetland restoration, innovative stormwater management practices, riparian tree buffer plantings, and more in multiple counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

03/10/2018

Congratulations to 6 local USDA certified Organic or Naturally Grown Farmers who were recognized by the Montgomery County Green Business Directory:

Chocolates & Tomatoes Farm
From the Earth Foods
Potomac Valley Organics
Red Wiggler Community Farm
The Farm at Our House
Your Chef's Table Farm

Many of them offer CSA's - sign up today and support your local organic and/or naturally grown farmer neighbors!

I'd like to recognize the non-profit Big Green. Big Green builds educational gardens in public schools. The goal is to p...
02/01/2018
Big Green | Real Food Grows Here - Big Green

I'd like to recognize the non-profit Big Green. Big Green builds educational gardens in public schools. The goal is to promote youth wellness through food literacy.

This is what we've wanted in Montgomery County for a very long time. I am glad to see this idea is growing throughout the country!

INTRODUCING Big GreenReal Food Grows Here The Kitchen Community is now Big Green! Our commitment to building a healthier future for kids continues, but with a bold new look and name. Learn More about Big Green! Big Green is building a national school food culture that promotes youth wellness. We’r...

Organic farmers don't have this problem!Farmers join class-action lawsuits against Monsanto & BASF over Dicambia. Past v...
12/12/2017
Monsanto's Dicamba Problems Are Far From Over. Farmers File Another Lawsuit Over Drift Damage

Organic farmers don't have this problem!

Farmers join class-action lawsuits against Monsanto & BASF over Dicambia. Past versions of this w**d killer evaporates from plants after application causing a mist prone to floating into nearby fields.

"This dicamba crisis is only the latest evidence that dumping more pesticides on the landscape is a road to nowhere." — Center for Biological Diversity

45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving. That comes out to 7% of all turkeys killed each year for food worldwide. H...
11/20/2017
Environmental Impact – Montgomery County Food Council

45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving. That comes out to 7% of all turkeys killed each year for food worldwide. Here are the numbers of animals killed each year for food:

52 Billion Chickens
2.6 Billion Ducks
1.3 Billion Pigs
633 Million Turkeys
518 Million Sheep
398 Million Goats
293 Million Cows

If you'd like to help make a local impact on raising food sustainability in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Montgomery County Food Council is always looking for citizen volunteers to help address issues such as the soil, water, and biodiversity impact; food economy work groups; food literacy; and food recovery.
http://mocofoodcouncil.org/environmental-impact/

Environmental Impact Our mission is to protect and improve the local environmental resources of Montgomery County related to agriculture and food. Focus issues include: soil water biodiversity Current projects include: Improve Food Waste Metrics – Identify and analyze current metrics for foo...

Kimbal Musk has a great idea for food. Yes, Kimbal is Elon Musk's brother
10/23/2017
Kimbal Musk Wants to Feed America, Silicon Valley-Style

Kimbal Musk has a great idea for food. Yes, Kimbal is Elon Musk's brother

Trying to improve the nation’s diet, he’s hatching food projects the way his brother, Elon, launches rockets — and drawing some friendly fire.

05/04/2017
Its Easy to be Green: Composting: Giving Your Garden a Nutrient Boost

Free compost bins & thermometers from DEP at the Twinbrook Library tonight at 6:30pm

Special program featuring a representative from Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. A limited supply of free compost bins and thermometers will be available. Free, no registration.

This video shows the world's largest & secure seed storage. Unfortunately, it's in Norwegian with no subtitles. You may ...
03/16/2017
Svalbard Global Seed Vault

This video shows the world's largest & secure seed storage. Unfortunately, it's in Norwegian with no subtitles. You may enjoy the looking at the facility and the dog sleds

The United States is on the cusp of the largest retirement of farmers in U.S. history, with more farmers over the age of...
03/09/2017
Letters to a Young Farmer | IndieBound

The United States is on the cusp of the largest retirement of farmers in U.S. history, with more farmers over the age of 75 than between the ages of 35 and 44. Here's a great book for anyone thinking of becoming a farmer

The inaugural Food Tank Summit is happening on April 1-2, 2017. The event is a collaboration with Tufts University and O...
03/02/2017
Boston is the next location for a Food Tank Summit

The inaugural Food Tank Summit is happening on April 1-2, 2017. The event is a collaboration with Tufts University and Oxfam America. The event will gather dozens of expert speakers and panelists who represent farmers, policymakers, businesses, chefs, nonprofit groups, elected officials, and more at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Food Tank hosts its first Summit in Boston at Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy on April 1, 2017.

02/22/2017

The role industrial ag plays in causing global climate change: (This is why we need to be teaching the next generation how to grow food sustainably and locally).

Now is the time to start planting your garden seeds indoors! The Farmer's Almanac has tips and planning tools to get you...
02/18/2017
Starting Seeds Indoors

Now is the time to start planting your garden seeds indoors! The Farmer's Almanac has tips and planning tools to get your 2017 garden ready for the *even warmer* warm weather (it's 65 degrees today...in February...)

Here are some tips for starting seeds indoors, as well as links to frost charts for your area, from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

We live in a county of privilege, so its good to remember not everyone is on the same level.
02/16/2017
Ensuring Food Security in Montgomery County

We live in a county of privilege, so its good to remember not everyone is on the same level.

Resulting from legislation passed by the Montgomery County Council, the county has launched a plan to address the nearly 78,000 county residents who are unsure where they will get their next meal.

12/20/2016

Some people claim nothing is "organic" anymore because even if the soil is certified organic, air and water pollution still contaminate crops. Where do you stand on that statement? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

11/28/2016

The EPA approved a new herbicide for Monsanto called XtendiMax for their GMO soybean and cotton plants. With this approval, use of dicamba on cotton and soy fields is expected to jump from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds annually. Dicamba is as dangerous to the environment as glyphosate in Roundup. Is there a way for States to ban this pesticide before it's used in 2017?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/11/22/monsanto-dicamba-herbicide.aspx

This Indian inventor is selling an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic spoons for take-out restaurants. It i...
11/22/2016
India Innovates Episode 4 - Edible Cutlery

This Indian inventor is selling an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic spoons for take-out restaurants. It is made with Millet instead of rice because rice takes 60 times more water than Millet to cultivate and to create a market for struggling Millet farmers.

Edible Cutlery is part of our series, India Innovates, that attempts to bring out the stories of some of the most brilliant minds in our country. Eat with it...

09/19/2016
Soil Surveys by State | NRCS Soils

Maryland farmers work with soil types such as Brentsville Sandy Loam, Occaquan Loam, and Readington Silt Loam. Click the link below to view the soil types in each state and county.

Soil survey information is regularly updated and posted to the Web Soil Survey, which is the official source for current information. The Web Soil Survey provides both tabular and spatial data and allows you to create a custom soil resource report for your specific area of interest. In the table bel...

Message for school teachers: Brickyard Educational Farm has not received permission from Montgomery County's Board of Ed...
09/08/2016
Board of Education - Contact Information - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Message for school teachers: Brickyard Educational Farm has not received permission from Montgomery County's Board of Education to host classes for the 2016-2017 school year. We invite you to contact the BoE and let them know you'd like to bring your class here. http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/about/contact.aspx

Address: Montgomery County Public Schools Carver Educational Services Center 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123 Rockville, Maryland 20850

Critics of Organic farming show organic farms with lower yields than farms with Monsanto-grade fertilizer & GMO seed. Wi...
05/18/2016
IoT in Agriculture | Bosch ConnectedWorld Blog

Critics of Organic farming show organic farms with lower yields than farms with Monsanto-grade fertilizer & GMO seed. Will the new wave of the "Internet of Things" even the playing field?

Read this post about new IoT solutions in agriculture and how Bosch supervised the growth of 225,000 kg of asparagus with an in-house IoT platform.

The World Health Organization recognizes Glyphosate as a  cancer causing agent in humans and the main ingredient in Mons...
05/16/2016
Results of Glyphosate P*e Test Are in 'and It's Not Good News'

The World Health Organization recognizes Glyphosate as a cancer causing agent in humans and the main ingredient in Monsanto's w**d killer Roundup. This test (done in Europe only) showed that every participant is exposed to unhealthy levels of glyphosate. It's no wonder cancer is becoming more prevalent in our friends and family.

Last month, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate—the cancer-linked w**dkiller—is in their system. Forty-eight MEPs from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test, and now the results are in. According to ELISA test resul...

I'm sorry I missed this event - looked really interesting!
05/10/2016
RI: March 9: Is Healthy Soil the Solution to Global Warming?

I'm sorry I missed this event - looked really interesting!

What: National Press Club event with French Ministry of Agriculture to discuss soil carbon sequestrationWhen: Wednesday, March 9, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.Where: The Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club – 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045Register here

12/20/2015
mda.maryland.gov

Each year, Maryland Department of Agriculture publishes a cookbook of recipes submitted by local chefs who source from local producers. Click the link for the 2015 Cookbook #BuyLocal

Cool Beans! Seed Libraries Newsletter
09/07/2015
Cool Beans! Seed Libraries Newsletter

Cool Beans! Seed Libraries Newsletter

     In the 1920's through the 1930's, Nikolay Vavilov traveled the world, searching for crops that could stop the starvation rampant in the newly formed Soviet Union. His work gave the whole world a much deeper and cohesive understanding of diligent humans that bred varieties of their favorite food…

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