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

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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