Our mission is to protect and improve the local environmental resources of Montgomery County related to agriculture and 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.
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!
Jan 30-March 20
Montgomery County Master Gardeners are offering three free gardening presentations in Spanish via Zoom!
First Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
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".
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
Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.
Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.
Register now for a Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, open exclusively to Montgomery County farmers!
4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8
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.
April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th
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.