Ensuring that ZTA 20-01 Supports our Entire Food System

The Montgomery County Food Council thanks the County Council and the stakeholders of the ZTA 20-01 Work Group for the time and thoughtfulness they have dedicated over the past few months to address community concerns and allow for the benefits of solar energy to be accessible in Montgomery County, while maintaining equitable opportunities for agricultural producers and enhanced local food access among all County residents. Our perspective on ZTA 20-01 takes into account the entire food system, including the critical need to address climate change, to strengthen the resilience of our local food production pipeline, and perhaps most importantly, given the continued emergency situation the pandemic has exacerbated, the need to ensure that all County residents have equitable access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food. This ZTA has the potential to address all of these food system priorities, if effectively and carefully crafted.  

Although the Food Council does not support ZTA 20-01 as it is currently written, amendments addressing the following issues would better ensure that solar development in Montgomery County does not interfere with necessary food access and production opportunities afforded by the Agricultural Reserve, and possibly even strengthen our local food farming capacity: 

We encourage you to read our full letter, linked here. Updates related to this legislation will be reflected in our 2021 Policy Tracking document, linked here. Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Nardi at cnardi@mocofoodcouncil.org


Upcoming Events

Oct 22

City of Takoma Park, Request for Proposal & Informational Meeting

The City of Takoma Park is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for services to reduce food insecurity for disadvantaged or underserved populations of individuals and families residing in the City of Takoma Park.

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Oct 24

Healthcare Resources For You, Your Family and Your Community

The American Muslim Senior Society is holding a series of Town Hall Discussions to examine and address the impact of COVID-19.

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Oct 25

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00pm. Please register in advance.

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Oct 26

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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Oct 26

Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center: Measuring Food Insecurity

Measuring food insecurity is critical for developing food assistance programs; evaluating nutrition, health, and development initiatives; and informing food policy across sectors.

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Oct 26th, Nov 23rd

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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Oct 26

MoCo Made Happy Hour

Enjoy local beers from Silver Branch and sample products from Montgomery county businesses while mingling with local Community members!

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Oct 28

Transforming Food Systems through Advocacy: Community Leadership in Policy Change

This two-part series aims to equip nonprofit and community partners with actionable strategies to engage elected officials on key food policy issues at the municipal, county, and state levels.

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Nov 1, 4, 10, 19

Four-Part Virtual Listening Series for the Fairland & Briggs Chaney Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) invites the community to attend a four-part virtual listening series on the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan.

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Nov 2

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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Nov 3

Conversations on Food Justice: The Significant and Far-Reaching Impact of the Criminal Justice System in America

Webinar hosted by No Kid Hungry and

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Nov 3-4

2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit

The Alliance to End Hunger presents the 2021 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit!

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Nov 4

Virtual Training: Fresh Produce 101

Join us for a virtual training: Fresh Produce 101
Thursday, November 4th from 11:00am - 12:00pm.

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Nov 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Nov 17-18

2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative’s (ALEI) annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

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