Agricultural Reserve

The Rural Side of Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland is home to a surprising number of rural areas. In 1980, the Montgomery County Council made one of the most significant land-use decisions in county history by creating an Agricultural Reserve, or what the locals call the “Ag Reserve.” Heralded as one of the best examples of land conservation policies in the country, the Agricultural Reserve encompasses 93,000 acres, almost a third of the county’s land resources.

Visit farms in the Agricultural Reserve in the spring for pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, tart cherries, thornless blackberries, red raspberries, and tomatoes. In the fall, families head out to the pumpkin patch, and during the holidays, they cut fresh trees. From the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, hikers can look out over the county’s pastoral patchwork of farms and villages, a countryside view largely unchanged since the 19th century.

Agricultural History Farm Park

The scenic 455-acre Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, MD features rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, and a variety of farm animals. Get a unique perspective on the county’s rich farming heritage while visiting barns, historic buildings, a modern farming activity center, and other facilities at the park.

King Barn Dairy MOOseum

The King Barn Dairy MOOseum is a dairy heritage museum dedicated to interpreting the rich history of the farms, the families, and related organizations and businesses of Montgomery County. Their stories are told through a permanent collection featuring interactive exhibits and educational programs.

Get a Taste of the Agricultural Reserve

Meet the farmers and purchase their locally grown products. Find a Farmers Markets near you!

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