From Farmland to Agritourism

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m. EST

Silver Spring, MD, United States

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The 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve in Montgomery County is significant as one of the most studied and emulated programs of its kind. This session will address current tools and programs aimed at supporting farming, preserving open space and limiting development in this land conservation area.  The session will examine current efforts to expand agricultural tourism and support farm-to-table businesses within the land conservation area of Montgomery County. 

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John Fendrick

John Fendrick and his wife Mary are the owners of Rock Hill Orchard. Growing up as “city-folk”, they initially focused their agricultural efforts on breeding good quality Guernsey cows and in 2010, they purchased the Rock Hill Orchard. The Fendriks currently graze cattle, sustain a viable orchard, run a pick--your-own ... Read More

Tanya Spandhala

Tanya Spandhla was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Growing up, her parents instilled in her the importance of growing your own produce. It is from this upbringing that inspired her to develop a passion for farming. After exploring numerous opportunities on how she could continue gardening in the US she ... Read More

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor is the Executive Director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. Caroline, who has the great fortune to live with her family within Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve in historic Sugarland Forest, has worked on environmental and agricultural issues for much of her professional career. Her first exposure to environmental ... Read More

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