Wide open fields are precious resources yet every minute of every day, two acres of farmland disappear in the US. Deeply engaged in safeguarding the Maryland Agricultural Reserve for generations to come, Montgomery Countryside Alliance advocates for land and transportation policies that enhance agriculture and encourage farmland preservation. Moreover, through education and support of local farms, MCA ensures that "reserve lands" remain part of the working agricultural landscape one that can nourish the entire region. It works closely with local farmers to promote their products (or to get a new farm up and running), with landowners to connect them with farmers seeking long-term leases, with down-county organizations to increase the presence of local food in area markets and restaurants, and with an advisory board of over 40 community leaders. An online and printed agriculture guide and regular testimony at local and state legislatures ensure that political representatives are educated about the value (economic and social) of local farms. Our farmlands have always nourished us. Why not return the favor?

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; MD-Frederick County; Poolesville; Darnestown; Clarksburg; Boyds; Dickerson; Barnesville

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Poolesville High School Global Ecology Program; Damascus High School; Sherwood High School; A partnership between MCA and the MoCo Farm Bureau is bringing Mobile Ag Lab is bringing hands-on agriculture experiences to every Montgomery County Elementary School Student over the next 5 years.

  • Acreage of new farm business through our Land Link Program :   400
  • # of High School Students per year reached by our Ag Ed Program:   200
  • MCPS Elementary Students reached by Mobile Ag Labs:   31,500 (so far)

Awards & Recognition

2005 Montgomery County Park and Planning Cert. of Excellence
2009 Montgomery County Park and Planning Cert. of Excellence
2012 Wayne Goldstien Award, Montgomery Civic Federation


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Montgomery Countryside Alliance is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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