2016 Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide now avail­able

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The “So. Mary­land So Good” Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide lists more than 30 farm­ers’ mar­kets in South­ern Mary­land and around the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area which fea­ture gen­uine farm-grown pro­duce, meats, poul­try and seafood, baked goods, pick­les, jams, dairy prod­ucts and lo­cal wine and beer.

The free guide lists mar­kets by county and in­cludes a handy re­gional mar­ket lo­cater map, a har­vest­ing chart unique to the area’s grow­ing sea­sons, plus the mar­kets’ web­sites and Face­book pages.

The “So. Mary­land, So Good” Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide is avail­able now to view or down­load on the ‘Get the Guides’ page at www.smadc.com. Pick up a copy, be­gin­ning the first week of June (while stocks last) at par­tic­i­pat­ing South­ern Mary­land farm­ers’ mar­kets, re­gional pub­lic li­braries and wel­come cen­ters. For a list of pick-up sites go to the ‘News and An­nounce­ments’ page on the SMADC web­site.

Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion grants

The Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund is mak­ing grants avail­able to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­cour­age beau­ti­ful, sus­tain­able land­scapes in South­ern Mary­land and Vir­ginia. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded an­nu­ally to non-profit groups, specif­i­cally 501(c) (3) or­ga­ni­za­tions, pub­lic or pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, or govern­ment agen­cies. Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects must be located in coun­ties where Chaney En­ter­prises has a pres­ence.

In Mar yland, projects in the coun­ties of Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Caro­line, Charles, south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s, and St. Mary’s are el­i­gi­ble for grants. In Vir­ginia, projects in Caro­line County are el­i­gi­ble.

Guide­lines for the Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund Grants are avail­able on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land’s web­site at www.cf­somd.org/grants. Ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to sub­mit projects that in­cor­po­rate “green” gar­den­ing prac­tices, such as wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures, or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers, and na­tive plant species. Schools may use grants to in­cor­po­rate beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects into the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

Grant pro­pos­als must be sub­mit­ted via email only by 5 p.m., June 17. Grant awards will be up to $1,000 and will be an­nounced in Au­gust. Or­ga­ni­za­tions are required to match grant funds with cash or in-kind goods and ser­vices. Or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing funds must com­mit and ex­pend the full amount of the grant by Dec. 15. Only one ap­pli­ca­tion per ap­pli­cant will be ac­cepted, and ap­pli­cants are ad­vised to re­view the guide­lines to en­sure com­pli­ance prior to sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on­line at www.cf­somd.org/ grants. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Gretchen Hard­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, at 240-670-4483 or at Gretchen@cf­somd.org.

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