This past Friday the Montgomery County School Board Policy Committee held a meeting to discuss a multitude of topics, one being the leasing of future school site property. Brickyard Educational Farm was piloted on one of many such sites last year.
On Jan. 22, Governor O´Malley held a press conference at the Annapolis Statehouse announcing his (re-) introduction of the wind energy bill for the first offshore windfarm in Maryland. He thanked the 24 co-sponsors in the Senate (24 is sufficient to secure a majority in the Senate). Last year it failed to pass the senate by one vote.
On January 22, 2013 I attended a State Senate hearing of the Committee for Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs in Annapolis, about the bill that would levy a fee of $10 per acre on leased land for fracking to help finance an environmental impact study before giving out permits for gas fracking in Maryland´s Marcellus Shale in Garrett County.
Much of the health of children in Montgomery County rests upon the meals they eat in school! Imagine if we could give them healthier, fresher food than the processed, bulk-purchased fare they eat now, while at the same time benefiting the state’s economy.
Did you know that Brickyard Educational Farm is only 16 miles from the White House? We personally see this as a plus (despite the traffic), because of the national debate that is happening around sustainable agriculture and food security. For instance, as California is voting to label GMO’s, we here at BEF are in the heart of our nations capital, preserving seed in DC’s urban fringe.
A National Farm Incubator Model- believe or not, in Vermont!
35 people, representing dozens of organizations dedicated to helping new farmers, gathered for the last day of the first annual N.I.F.T.I. (New Incubator Farmer Training Initiative) at the Intervale.