The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has established the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program to help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters and primary processors adjust to the business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers low cost loans with flexible terms for working capital or equipment purchases. The maximum individual loan amount is $10,000, and no collateral security is required to be pledged to receive a loan.
The Frederick County Craft Beverage industry has come together in a time of need to support the needs of our community. Tenth Ward Distillery, McClintock Distillery, Dragon Distillery and Puerto Rico Distillery have switched gears to use their alcohol product to make hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaners.
Now more than ever it is important to support our local farms, farmers across the county are continuing to work to ensure you have a safe healthy food supply available whether you are shopping at a grocery store or at a farm market. In need of meat, produce, plants, dairy products or more? Visit one of these farms, please be sure to visit their website or Facebook page for the most up to date information on hours and availability.
Locally owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries have a long road ahead. Please continue to support your neighboring farms and small businesses. While many retailers are not open for on-site sales, please consider supporting them through local liquor stores. Be sure to check individual websites or social media pages for specific hours of operation.
Did you know there are 13 farms in Frederick County that offer farm CSAs? What’s a CSA? CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a weekly subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce and other items that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables each week, while supporting their local farmer. Some CSAs offer eggs, meat, and other items as well.
Richard Stonebraker was kind enough to share with us the rich experiences available in agricultural education at Frederick High School, where he teaches ag classes and is the FFA advisor. It may not seem like the typical environment to grow a successful agricultural program, but with approximately 150 students participating in one of the ag classes and 65 in FFA, he is gaining traction with the message that ag education is a subject important for everyone.
The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) in partnership with the Agriculture Business Council announce the Agriculture Education Grants aimed at increasing the vibrancy of agriculture programs available for youth in Frederick County. Grant applications are now open through August 26, 2019.
The optimism and hope that the start of a new year brings is inspiring! It’s a chance to make changes, or try new things.