Farm-Fresh, Local Maryland Produce Available from CBF’s Clagett Farm

By PRESS OFFICER
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

There is still time for Maryland residents seeking local, healthy produce this summer to sign up for Clagett Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

CSA members can secure seasonal produce between May and November at convenient pick-up locations in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. Seasonal harvests can include salad greens, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, and other varieties.

“Eating locally grown food is one of the most effective ways people can support local farmers and minimize their carbon footprint,” said Jared Planz, program manager at Clagett Farm. “It is also delicious and healthier than what you’ll find at the grocery store.”

Clagett Farm, owned and operated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is a sustainable, regenerative farm that uses best management practices to improve soil health and water quality. The farm grows produce year-round and harvests 100 percent certified organic vegetables.

Through its CSA program, Clagett Farm offers local Maryland residents a chance to pre-purchase shares of their seasonal harvest each week. CSA sales are now open for the main season.

“We’ve really enjoyed being a part of the CSA,” said Shelby Johnson, shareholder since 2019. “It makes nourishing our family with seasonal produce super easy, but also we know and can trust where our food is coming from.”

CSA members can choose from three pick-up locations where they’ll retrieve their bounties each week. Locations include Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Center headquarters in Annapolis, and the Vineyards at Dodon in Davidsonville. An exciting addition to this year’s program is the ability for shareholders to pre-order and pick up Clagett’s grass-fed beef and lamb, in addition to their weekly produce.

Prices vary based on pick-up location and duration, but range from $415 for 13 weeks to $825 for the full 26 weeks. Roughly 70 percent of Clagett Farm’s harvest will go to CSA shareholders, and the other 30 percent is donated to local food banks and pantries.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest nonprofit dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. Part of that mission includes working with farmers and demonstrating regenerative agriculture practices, which are key to addressing climate change and reducing pollution by minimizing nutrient runoff, reducing greenhouse gases, and mitigating flooding caused by more intense storms.

 

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Prince George’s County Animal Shelter Is Near Critical Capacity in its Dog Population
Seeking Pet Adopters, Fosters Waives Pet Adoption Fees through May 31

By PRESS OFFICER
Prince George’s County Department of the Environment

Largo, Md. (May 9, 2024)—The Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) will offer FREE pet adoptions starting Friday, May 10, and running through Friday, May 31, 2024. The facility is nearing capacity, and fees are being waived to help move more pets out of the facility to save lives and give dogs in their care a second chance at a forever home.

“As we continue to move hundreds of pets out of the facility monthly through our robust adoption and foster programs and support of our rescue partners, unfortunately, a larger quantity come into our care daily,” says David Fisher, Associate Director of the Animal Services Facility. “We need the community’s help for these dogs in our care as we reach our capacity. We encourage anyone who loves pets to find room in their heart and home to adopt one of our many dogs. This is especially the case with our dogs that are 50+ pounds. Please remember that big dogs need love, too!”

The ASFAC, like other shelters across the nation, is dealing with a large influx of pets, especially dogs. Large and senior dogs account for many of the animals at the facility. While the facility has resumed accepting owner surrenders to serve our community, this has dramatically affected our dog population. The ASFAC stresses that the public should only consider bringing their pets to the shelter as a last resort. If you need help keeping your pet, please contact the ASFAC to learn more about the resources available so your pet can stay in your loving home. If the pet must find a new home, they are encouraged to contact one of our County-approved rescue organizations to see if they can accept your pet or consider rehoming it with family and friends.

The ASFAC is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

To view the many animals available for adoption, visit www.princegeorgespets4us.com

 

 

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