Who likes the game of Soccer? I do! Who likes to eat? I do!
Well, how are you going to eat if organic farms are turned
into soccer fields? Duh…Dunno!
Some of the things happening now-a-days are beyond belief! In Potomac, Maryland, Nick’s Organic Farm has been safeguarding our environment, not just since it was fashionable, but for the last thirty years. But, Nick’s is soon to lose its lease, on January 1, 2012. And what is to happen to this farmland owned by Montgomery County, Maryland? It’s to be turned into soccer fields: Montgomery County’s 502nd and 503rd soccer fields, to be exact. What!?!? Am I kidding you!?!? No, I am not. And the clock is ticking…
In September, 2010, Nick Maravell was appointed to the
prestigious National Organic Standards Board by U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
What’s Montgomery County’s recognition?
Refusal to renew his lease!
Nick’s Organic Farm is a heritage farm, one of the few farms in Maryland’s Washington Metropolitan area and the only one to produce genuine organic seed. And now, the Montgomery County government wants to destroy it. The farm, owned by Nick Maravell, has been lovingly and professionally tended as organic for thirty years, benefiting the local community, consumers and our environment, including the world famous Chesapeake Bay. Continued refusal to renew Nick’s lease will create a short sighted loss of what should be the pride of Montgomery County. But no! The Montgomery County School Board, which owns the land, gave Mr. Maravell three weeks notice about a inside decision made without public or community input.
Organic, non-GMO seed is hard to find and
will vanish, if we don’t fight to protect it.
Citizens groups have formed with a vision to insure that Nick’s Organic Farm continues as a down-County educational anchor to provide opportunities for school children and adults to earn about local food and agriculture. At a time when people should be become more aware of their relationship to the soil, water and food that sustains us, ending the life of a generational farm is not condusive to life.
If you are aware of the importance of growing heritage, organic seed and want to add your voice to the growing numbers of unhappy citizens, then go here to sign a petition and/or donate.
Join the uproar of those supporting Nick
in his fight to save his farm.
Time is of the essence!