Join us to learn how the emerald ash borer, a destructive insect now present in Frederick County, could impact our forests and landscapes. Mike Kay of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hopes to see forest landowners, homeowners and parks and facilities personnel at the program so they can learn what the future might hold.
There will be handouts. Nominal entry fee to cover handouts and light refreshments.
Please see this registration form with additional information, or email Mike Kay to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) formed in 2011 to build/remove barriers to a more equitable food system in our region. That means increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized farmers within the communities of the broader Chesapeake Foodshed, and supplying that locally grown healthy food to the people living within it.
The Greater Washington area is the definition used by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). [One MWCOG report found that] products grown in Greater Washington comprised little of the total food sold here.
To address that, the WRFF has the following goals:
Goal 1: Elevate policy solutions and opportunities for action and aligned investment in the supply side of our region’s food system – from production to aggregation and distribution – to advance equitable workforce solutions and sustainable practices.
Goal 2: Identify opportunities for action and investment to support increased demand for good food among regional consumers, particularly for those who do not currently have access to good food.
Goal 3: Maintain and expand a strong community of diverse funders with interdisciplinary interests to broaden the coalition committed to regional action to eliminate barriers to good food.
Pledge to Fledge: Introduce Someone New to Birding
This year the GBBC is joining with the worldwide “Pledge to Fledge” program, inviting all participants to consider introducing someone new to birding when you take part in the count this year. It could be a friend, family member, a co-worker…take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!
More than 14,000 GBBC participants responded to a survey following the 2014 count. When we asked if they had taught someone else how to go birding, only 20% said yes. So, let’s make this the year we make an extra effort to involve others in watching and appreciating birds. Find out more about Pledge to Fledge and get some tips on how to introduce someone new to this wonderful pastime.
Download the Audubon Bird Watching Resource Guide (PDF) before you head out.
Fox Haven will be doing a bird count on Sunday, February 15th at 4pm. Please join us!
At the recent Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D. gave a presentation “Food as Medicine…in the REal World” – a holistic presentation on good and not so good eating habits and practices.
Dr. Adamo is Assistant Professor in University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Director of Research Center for Integrative Medicine.
Watch this youtube video – to the end.
Every winter, Future Harvest CASA holds the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the lower Mid-Atlantic. This year, we have added an extra day of hands-on, pre-conference workshops: beekeeping basics, food photography and styling, fermentations, wet hopping — and much more!
And then the conference starts, with session after session on:
- Bay-saving farming
- Innovative growing practices: fruit, vegetable, livestock
- ABC’s for beginning farmers — including business planning
- Where and how to source local and sustainable food
- The who and how behind the local libation boom: beer, wine, cider, and spirits
- Fresh food and health
- How we can build a better, stronger, more profitable foodshed
- Food hub 101
- How to become a locavore chef
- Local cocktail hour, local food dinners
- and much more
Check it out….we’ll be there!