MCPS Celebrates Local Produce During Homegrown School Lunch Week!

During Homegrown School Lunch Week from September 19th-23rd, MCPS students will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on Maryland farms, including grape tomatoes, peaches, celery sticks, plums, corn, melon, and more. Maryland Homegrown School Lunch is an element of the Maryland Farm to School program, which strives to bring locally produced foods into school cafeterias and provide hands-on-learning activities, such as farm visits, producers visiting schools, scho...
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Attention All MoCo Food and Beverage Producers!

We are now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 edition of the Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide. This resource, which will be shared on our website and presented as a print brochure, online map and potentially even a mobile app, will feature packaged goods (such as condiments, snacks and sauces), beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and desserts and confections created by Montgomery County food artisans. Each company’s listing will provide information such as product descriptions...
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The Food Council is Recruiting New Members

The application cycle for 2017-19 Food Council members is now open. We are currently accepting applications from candidates who meet the following criteria: Committed to improving the Montgomery County food system. Live, work, or have a strong interest/investment in Montgomery County. Expertise in one or more local food-related issues such as agriculture, food security and access, nutrition, food business and industrial practices, food education and research, land use and urb...
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The Community Gardens Program in Montgomery County is Flourishing

In 2008, then-Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin worked with Montgomery Parks to establish a community gardens program in the County. This summer - 8 years later – Montgomery Parks is opening their 12th location. One of our Montgomery County Food Council interns spoke with Pat Lynch, the Community Gardens Coordinator for Montgomery County, who is a part-time County employee, Master Gardener, and took this position as her “retirement job”. In the 12 locations across the county, ther...
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A Weekend of Fun at the MoCo Farm Tour!

This past weekend our County hosted the 27th annual Montgomery County Farm Tour, where swarms of people faced the heat to venture into the County’s 21 farms that were open to the public. Face painting, hayrides, free samples, goat petting, wine tasting, crafts, and dozens of other activities were featured in this jam-packed weekend of fun on the farm. Montgomery County’s 93,000 acres of agricultural reserve isn’t just home to fruit and vegetable farms. At Star Gazing Farm, an animal sanct...
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Food Council Testifies in Support of Composting Bill!

Montgomery County Food Council Manager Heather Bruskin was honored to testify alongside many of our partners in July in support of Bill 28-16, the Strategic Plan to Advance Composting and Food Waste Diversion. This bill is an important step in expanding our County's food waste diversion capacity, which would have significant agricultural and environmental health benefits and strengthen our County's farms, small businesses, non-profits, and communities. (more…)
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A Productive Month with the County Council!

As part of our mission to support the creation of a robust, local and sustainable food system in our County, The Montgomery County Food Council actively provides feedback and support for numerous food system legislative efforts. We had an active and productive June with the Montgomery County Council, and we are proud to share the details of our policy efforts on topics ranging from food insecurity, to our local food economy, to composting. (more…)
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Food Council To Create Food Assistance Resource Directory

  The Montgomery County Food Council is creating a Food Assistance Resource Directory for our County in order to more effectively connect people who seek these resources with those who provide them, as well as create stronger connectivity between the organizations providing food assistance services in our County. We are collecting basic information to create a searchable database, print resources, an interactive map, and potentially a mobile application, for the use of all who access, gi...
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Community Food Rescue’s Matching Tool Goes Mobile!

Picture this: you are a busy chef getting ready for this evening’s dinner service and see that you have unsold food to donate in the refrigerator. You are a farmer surveying your fields and know that the bumper crop of fresh lettuce is more than you will sell this week. You are a caterer on site setting up for a wedding and your client asks you to donate the leftovers. Now you can schedule a food run on the fly with Community Food Rescue’s free matching tool, using its new mobile app for And...
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