BLOG: Howard County’s 16th Annual Farm-City Celebration Begins!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Howard County’s 16th Annual Farm-City Celebration begins on September 21st and will continue through October 6th with a series of events hosted by Howard County farms and the Howard County Library System. Howard County Farm-City is an annual celebration which provides opportunities for engagement between the metropolitan and agricultural communities in Howard County. The Farm-City Celebration highlights the Howard County farm and city mutual interdependence, and promotes understanding and appreciation between town and country.

Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a proud event sponsor of Farm-City Celebration. As part of the Farm-City Celebration, County Executive Calvin Ball will be trading jobs with Caitlin Patrick of Maple Dell Farm in Woodbine. County Executive Ball will help run the dairy farm operation, feed the baby calves, and help with the harvest while temporary County Executive Patrick will get a taste of a typical day in the life as the Howard County Executive. After their switch, the two will meet at the annual Job Exchange Luncheon to share their experiences. The County Executive Job Exchange Luncheon sponsored by Howard County Government, HCEDA, the Howard County Farm Bureau, and the Howard Soil Conservation District.

Participating Howard County Farms include Clark’s Elioak Farm, Larriland Farm, Mary’s Land Farm, Mt. Pleasant Farm, Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, TLV Tree Farm, and the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum. All seven locations will host a variety of events designed for Howard County residents and visitors of all ages. Whether visiting the Petting Farm, Pumpkin Patch, and Enchanted Pine Tree Forest, or enjoying “The Finer Things…” at Mary’s Land Farm, participating Howard County farms will have something for everyone.

The Howard County Library System will also host a series of events over the two-week period designed for all ages, from Picture Book Parades to Q&A sessions with Master Gardeners.
Additionally, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Howard County Public School System and Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture will read from Right This Very Minute, a “table-to-farm” children’s book on food and farming to inspire readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from.

The Farm-City Committee also fundraises to provide a scholarship fund for graduating seniors from any Howard County public or private school who plan to pursue a career in agriculture, animal welfare, or other field benefitting the agricultural community.

Whether visiting a Farmers Market, picking your own produce, enjoying a wagon ride through a perma-culture farm, or supporting local merchants and artists at the Fall Festival, Farm-City Celebration will offer fun, engaging, and seasonal events from September 21st through October 6th.

To view the full schedule of Farm-City events, click here.

To find Howard County Library classes and events, click here.

To learn more about the participating Howard County farms, visit:

About HCEDA

Howard County Economic Development Authority is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters. HCEDA also maintains several programs aimed at the special needs of small, minority, and agricultural businesses. Additionally, HCEDA strives to preserve the distinctive quality of life in Howard County. For more information, please visit HCEDA’s website at www.hceda.org.

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