Category Archives: Farmlands

Road Salt as a Water Quality Issue

This summary was written by Mark Southerland for the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board. We are all familiar with the use of road salt to melt ice and snow from paved roadways in the winter. There are a variety of … Continue reading

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Million Frogs Calling

I wonder at times if the suburban area in which I live is more biodiverse today, or less so, relative to the farmland it once was. Has the onslaught of development left our natural green infrastructure – that we depend … Continue reading

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Back to My Roots – Guest Post on Local Farming Movement

Guest post by Darryl Pastor On April 10, 2015 my 3,500 mile journey from Florida to Oregon had ended and I was at Dancing Roots Farm as an organic farming apprentice, seeking to improve my relationship with food, the land, … Continue reading

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Best Places to Visit in Howard County, Maryland

I am often asked “What are the best places to visit right here in Howard County?” This is a tough question because there are so many interesting spots across the county. Visiting them all would literally fill up your weekends for the entire … Continue reading

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Better Governance – Getting All the Players Together

One of the key challenges in making good decisions relative to sustainability issues is getting all the key players together. The important players often reside in a wide range of government departments, non-profits, volunteer groups, and in the business community. To … Continue reading

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Ned’s Top Ten Maryland Hikes

I have not done all the trails in Maryland but these are the memorable ones that I have done that are easy to locate. Many of the places I have hiked were along rivers or shorelines where there were no … Continue reading

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The New and Enhanced Office of Sustainability

The Howard County Council recently passed a bill introduced by the Kittleman administration to upgrade and enhance the seven year old Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES).  The vote was unanimous. This is the result of a thorough assessment of the effectiveness … Continue reading

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How Do Communities Benefit from a Local Food Movement?

What do you do when suburbanites realize that the farms they have been displacing can provide them with fresh and nutritious food if there was a financial incentive for them to stop growing corn and meet the growing demand for … Continue reading

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A Piedmont Christmas Tree Farm

I grew up on 110 acres in Harford County, Maryland. In the 1960s, forty acres of our farm was taken by eminent domain for the construction of Interstate I-95. We were devastated by that event. (More on that part of … Continue reading

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Could Your Water Supply Be Cut off?

The loss of our water supply is not just a risk in dry areas where there is a very limited supply of water and water must be rationed during droughts (e.g., in California today). Losing access to potable water can happen anywhere. … Continue reading

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