Editor Laura L Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org
10:41 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I will send in my question to Ike, although I wish we could have a real life forum with him because I am afraid he will pick and choose which questions he answers. I have been appalled by the way he has handled the Brickyard issue. He has appropriated land for private soccer development at the expense of a 32 year old organic farm (and proposed agro-education center) on public school board land. The private soccer organization, MSI will be paying $1300 per year, yes that is right, $1300 a year to lease and develop a 20-acre (10 football fields) organic farm into soccer fields in Potomac, MD. That is the same amount the current farmer is paying to lease this same land. Then what is in it for Ike? Why is he ignoring the overwhelming community opposition to this development, destroying an organic seed breeding farm for the 504th and 505th soccer field in Montgomery County when the county readily admits there is no local need for soccer fields in Potomac. Why can't MSI choose two existing fields to improve that are geographically closer to the existing need for soccer fields. It is impossible for this farm to relocate as it has been building its organic soil for the past 32 years, and it geographically isolated from genetically modified crops that could contaminate the organic seed. If anyone reading this would like to help promote the new proposed educational farm, or has any questions feel free to contact sophia@BrickyardEducationalFarm.org
1:49 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2012
If anyone has an in to Michelle Obama, please let us know!
Also, I wanted to expand on my seemingly naive quotation in this article- I understand that the County has leased the land from the Board of Ed, and therefore, they do play a big role in this decision.
I also wanted to expand on our vision of the farm as a farm-based, hands on, experiential learning hub of Montgomery County because this larger vision is what keeps us advocating everyday for this cause. We are within 10 miles of 43 public elementary schools, and could therefore impact thousands of students We could impact thousands of students each year.
Agro-education has been proved to benefit the health and well being of children, as well as improve their self esteem, and academic focus. (Azuma, Andrea. 'Bearing Fruit: Farm to School Program Evaluation Resources and Recommendations'). Additionally, kids with learning differences and ADHD often shine in the garden where they have the outlet to fully engage in the hands-on active learning.
We believe the County and the Board of Ed should turn this controversial issue into an opportunity to provide an educational hub that is a model to the rest of the state. This is a rare opportunity that would not be able to be re-created after the irreversible decision to bulldoze and level the hilly farm for ball fields and parking.
Feel free to contact me, email@example.com for more info on our vision, or if you would like to get involved in any way!
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