Every minute of every day, three acres of farmland disappear in the US. Deeply engaged in safeguarding Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, MCA advocates for land and transportation policies that encourage farmland preservation, forest protection, and improved water quality — for the benefit of the entire region. MCA works to support current farmers and add to their ranks; to advocate for regenerative agriculture practices (those that enrich produce and improve, rather than degrade, the land); and to increase the presence of local food in area markets, restaurants, schools, and food banks. Additionally, Land Link programs match new, diverse farmers with long-term leases on local farmland, and a reforestation program safeguards air and water. MCA ensures that politicians, students, and the public are educated about the economic and social value of local farms and the necessity of growing cities and farms in harmony.