Our mission is to protect and improve the local environmental resources of Montgomery County related to agriculture and food.

Focus issues include:

  • Supporting the advancement of the County Food Waste Composting and Compost Use Strategic Plan.
  • Reduce food waste in Montgomery County
  • Increase awareness of the benefits of plant-based diets
  • Increase local, sustainable procurement in public and private institutions, by wholesale and retail buyers, and by food assistance organizations.
Support composting through:
  • The implementation of the County Food Waste Composting and Compost Use Strategic Plan. Having collaborated with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) on the development of the Strategic Plan in 2017, we will now focus on supporting the implementation of the Plan.
  • Convening current providers of residential and municipal composting services and programs to promote regulatory and legislative opportunities for composting facilities of various scale within Montgomery County. Our Working Group serves as a central connection point for County leaders, organizations, and other stakeholders interested in advancing composting efforts. In April 2019, we hosted a tour of the Prince Georges County Organics Composting Facility for more than 20 of these stakeholders; read about the tour here, courtesy of the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
  • Working with environmental stakeholders and government officials throughout the region to address and eliminate barriers to backyard, curbside, commercial, community, and on-farm composting initiatives.
  • In 2019, the Food Council worked with Koiner Farm to establish the County’s first Community Composting Education Hub. In 2020, we plan to work with community partners to establish similar Hubs throughout the County. This will serve to increase awareness about the opportunities for and benefits of composting amongst County residents, and encourage expanded food waste reduction efforts on a community scale.
Reducing wasted food

EIWG members are researching and helping to establish appropriate strategies to address the reduction of wasted food in the County, such as participating in gleaning projects with Community Food Rescue, and working with local farms and the Office of Agricultural Services. Our Working Group hosted a gleaning of sweet potato greens at Red Wiggler Farm in August 2018, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Master Gardeners.

Educating about a healthy plant based diet

The Environmental Impact Working Group shares and promotes resources and information pertaining to the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating a whole foods-focused, plant forward diet. According to Project Drawdown, plant-rich diets can reduce carbon emissions while also providing a myriad of health benefits, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. Global carbon emissions could be reduced by “as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet [and] $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved” (Project Drawdown, 2019).

In 2019, we launched a Plant Forward Cooking blog series to share recipes and cooking tips using hyper-local, seasonal produce. Check out our latest blog post, and join us for an Environmental Impact Working Group meeting if you are interested in learning about this project, and getting involved!

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Upcoming Events

May 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am via Zoom.

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May 24

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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May 24

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Mental Health & Homelessness

Shepherd’s Table is hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Mental Health & Homelessness on Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

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Jun 7

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Jun 13

Food Security Community Call

Second Monday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Jul 28

MoCo Made Food and Beverage Expo

Save the date: Thursday, July 28th, 11am-3pm

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