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

Jan 30-March 20

Master Gardeners: Free Gardening Presentations (Español)

Montgomery County Master Gardeners are offering three free gardening presentations in Spanish via Zoom!

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Mar 2

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 2

Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series

The UMD AGNR Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series is kicking off on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM with "Building a Localized Waste-free Food System One Apply at a Time".

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Mar 6

The Art of the Seed Start

A SNEEK-PEEK AT HOW KOINER FARM STARTS ITS CROPS - AND TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN SEEDLINGS AT HOME. SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH, 5:00-5:30PM ON ZOOM

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Mar 8

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Mar 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 22-23

Basic GAP Training

Register now for a Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, open exclusively to Montgomery County farmers!

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Mar 23

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8

Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World

Western Maryland Food Council presents "Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World" virtual conference, 1-3:30PM March 25th, April 1, April 8.

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April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th

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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