Environment

Regional Agriculture Initiative

Agricultural land is an integral part of our growing region’s green infrastructure. The challenge to local, state, and regional planning agencies and other organizations will be to help farmland and other green and open space lands maintain their importance in the changing landscape for food production and the other benefits they provide.

COG’s Regional Agricultural Initiative seeks to provide information on the current and historical state of agriculture in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and to create a regional agriculture network to link farmers, consumers and policymakers.  A committee of regional agricultural representatives meets tri-annually to discuss pressing issues regarding agricultural concerns affected by a rapidly developing region.  COG collects basic information on regional agriculture that includes: gross statistics on agriculture in the region, information about actions that can be taken to support local agriculture, and a database listing local farmer's markets, pick-your-own farms, and vineyards.

For more information, visit National Capital Farms, COG’s web portal to regional agriculture. 

 

News & Multimedia

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    Report highlights region's agriculture and challenges for the future

    December 26, 2012

    Known as home to the federal government major defense contractors biotech firms and universities it may come as a surprise that agriculture also plays a...

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    COG Launches NationalCapitalFarms.org

    November 10, 2009

    New site aims to promote and protect agriculture in the Metropolitan Washington Region.

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    COG, Area Urban Foresters Contribute to USDA's New People's Garden Project

    April 22, 2009

    COG, U.S. Forest Service, and region's urban foresters have been working together to make use of urban wood from local trees felled by storms and routine...

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    Frederick Farm Tour Features Best Practices

    June 13, 2005

    The region’s elected officials braved the heat on a recent June day for an inside look at Frederick County’s agriculture and nutrient management.

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