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Naomi Bloch

 

 

 

 

 

Potomac, Md

July 25th, 2012

By: Naomi Bloch

Mark your calendars for this weekend’s Montgomery County farm tour, July 28th and July 29th.

Many people who live in Montgomery County are not aware of  how central farming is to Montgomery County’s past and present, or that we even have an Agricultural Reserve.

This annual “open house” weekend is a really terrific time to go visit and experience for yourself some of the history and natural beauty we are so fortunate to have so close to home.

The MC Farm Tour link will give you lots of information about the many options you and your family have for  spending a day in county right here in our own “backyard”.

This Heritage Montgomery link below includes is a short series of videos about various driving tours you and your family can take of the Agricultural Reserve any time of the year.  So, even if you are not able to take part in the Farm Tour weekend you can refer back to this whenever you are trying to think of a good way to spend your weekend.   http://heritagemontgomery.org/montgomery-county/montgomery-county’s-agricultural-reserve-driving-tour

  I will be meeting outside the offices of  Bethesda Green  early this Saturday morning to join other folks on a bus tour of some of the great farms in the county.  It reminds me of school field trips or summer camp.   It is a really fun way to get to enjoy the day while also getting to hang out with like-minded people.

I love that Bethesda Green has planned this outing.   I  encourage you to check Bethesda Green’s link below so that you can get on the bus and join in the fun. http://www.bethesdagreen.org/Calendar/tabid/178/ctl/Details/Mid/850/ItemID/356/Default.aspx?selecteddate=7/28/2012

Following are links/information about the four farms we will be visiting on Saturday:

  Brickyard Educational Farm‘s mission is connect Montgomery County’s children with the land, food and water that sustain them.

  Caleva means “where the paths cross.”  Their mission is to get people of all ages outdoors, providing an educational and challenging environment that promotes personal growth, group cooperation and leadership skill through outdoor activities. For nearly 20 years, Calleva has built a reputation for excellence and innovation in outdoor education and outdoor adventure programming.

  Rocklands Farm is located on a historical property in Montgomery County, Md, thirty miles from Washington D.C..   It is one of the first farms within Montgomery County’s Agriculture Reserve, adjacent to Seneca Creek State Park and the Potomac River.  It is conveniently located just off River Road, a main road from the metropolitan area used by destination seekers of open space and scenic farmland.

  The Button Farm Living History Center is set on 60-pristine acres inside Seneca Creek State Park, and is Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th century slave plantation life.  The site features a Civil War-era Barn, historic outbuildings, livestock pens, a museum garden, and a slave cemetery.  It is home to The Underground Railroad Immersion Experience, a dramatic re-enactment of the journey from slavery to freedom.

Whether you decide to sign up for the Bethesda Green bus tour, or go on your own, I hope that you are able to spend at least part of this coming weekend exploring the many joys that await you.

If you do go, I would LOVE to hear about your experiences!

 

 

 

 

 

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