Friday, June 29, 2012


Ordinarily, I'm telling you about the Bethesda Central Farm Market at Bethesda ES on Sundays.

But this Saturday, from 9 AM to 2 PM, a special bus will be stopping by the Pike Central Farm Market, at Mid Pike Plaza at Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road.

Longtime readers know that I believe one of the most underappreciated issues facing America today is, how do we create a new generation of farmers?

One way is to interest children through farm-related toys, like John Deere tractors.  You can buy them locally at Gladhill Bros. John Deere dealership in Damascus.

Gardening is another way, and of course, these days there are even farming video games.

But Saturday, there is yet another way:  the Sol Food Mobile Farm. It is a school bus converted into a rolling demonstration farm.

It's touring the nation this summer to teach kids about agriculture, nutrition, the environment, and all those other hot topics.

The bus even runs on waste vegetable oil, and has a green roof.

In a county where our elected officials don't seem much concerned about the future of farming - Montgomery County has only one Future Farmers of America chapter[!!], at Damascus High School - we in the community need to pick up the slack on this issue that is critical to our economy, national security, health and environment - yes, it really is that important!

So head to the Pike Central Farm Market, and find out what you can do to make a difference.

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