D.C.-area residents, spread from the city to Silver Spring, to Rockville and Potomac gathered Wednesday night to show support for Nick's Organic Farm, the Brickyard Educational Farm and local agriculture.
Nearly 80 agriculture supporters rallied to challenge the county's recent decision to lease the Brickyard Middle School property, the site of a locally owned organic farm for over 30 years, to .
Event-organizer and Nick's Farm activist Sara Shor introduced 10 speakers to the crowd, including Nick Maravell and local agriculture representatives, MSI participants and Montgomery County students and teachers. Each voiced support for Nick's Organic Farm and the Brickyard Educational Farm, while questioning the benefits of building soccer fields at the site.
"[Nick Maravell] understands that we must love the earth by caring for it and not exploiting it," said Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post columnist and current teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. "Henry David Thoreau taught that, Gandhi taught that, Rachel Carson taught that and so now does Nick Maravell. He is a steward, a teacher and a prophet."
McCarthy expressed support for the educational farm and said he hopes to bring his class to visit the site in the fall.