The Western Maryland Food Council had a table at this year's Garrett County Health Fair! Hosted by the Health Department at the Garrett College CARC, this event was attended by many in the community and was a great opportunity to spread the word about the food council. There was a free raffle for a CSA veggie box subscription, donated by Garrett Growers, which was drawn that day. Our new banners were also put to use, along with rack cards and brochures that were given out to potential work group members.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our first annual Community Seed Exchange at Frostburg City Place on Sunday! We had a wonderful time and met so many great folks! See you next year!
University of Maryland Extension and Frostburg Grows are proud to present a community seed exchange. This event is meant to bring together local gardeners from all skill levels to share seeds, suggestions, and stories.
Gardeners of all ages are strongly encouraged to bring seeds to share- but seed sharing is not required. Allegany County Master Gardeners will be present to help visitors navigate the event and to answer any garden-related questions. Master Gardeners will also be giving talks/demonstrations on a variety of subjects. This is a family-friendly event and there will be a kids corner with a guided workshop on DIY seed bombs. There will also be a number of local vendors sharing information and products on a variety of topics including health and wellness, horticulture, and conservation. This event is free and open to the public.
Vendors/Organizations that will be present:
Evergreen Heritage Center
The Nettle Patch, LLC
Wholesome Harvest Co-op
Rules for bringing seeds:
1. Commercial and self-saved open pollinated seeds are allowed
2. No self-saved hybrids
3. Bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, and corms allowed
4. All self-saved items must be bagged and labeled with variety and date of collection
Do you know someone who is hungry? A current list of all Garrett County Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Community Dinners is now available.
At the Food Council meeting 12/4/17, the Western Maryland Food Council selected new Council members and adopted initial By-Laws.
Representing Allegany County:
County workgroups have started their work! Each workgroup is searching for the stakeholders that can help lay the groundwork for exacting change in the local food system. Stakeholders may already be working on food system issues and the workgroups can augment those efforts by coordinating efforts across organizations.
If you or your organization are working with issues related to food in Western Maryland, we need you! Please contact us to learn how you can be involved.