What is the Fiscal Impact of a Food Hub in Montgomery County?

In 2016, funded through a County Council grant, the Montgomery County Food Council led a research project on the fiscal impact of a food hub in Montgomery County. MCFC contracted Cultivate Ventures as the consultant to conduct a feasibility study on a food hub, including defining its potential structure, necessary resources, regional context, and next steps to present recommendations to local government leaders. Released in October 2016, the Food Hub Study provides a framework of analysis for...
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MoCo Made Food Beverage Fair Connects Local Food and Beverage Vendors with Distributors and Buyers

The Montgomery County Food Council was excited to host its inaugural MoCo Made Food and Beverage Fair on September 30th at the Universities at Shady Grove. An initiative of the Food Council's Food Economy Working Group, this event provided an opportunity for more than 20 food and beverage vendors to display their products and provide delicious samples to a diverse and engaged group of distributors, restaurant, wholesale and retail buyers. The event was not only a valuable opportunity for local f...
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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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