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farmer. There have been many summer nights when I have stayed awake, exhausted from the day's work, re-reading your poems from the Mad Farmer which remind me why I farm. After graduating from college and then, last year, from the Farm School in Athol, MA, I moved back to my family's farm in the DC suburbs to help save it from being developed into a soccer field. My father, Nick Maravell, has leased the 20-acre farm from the Montgomery County School Board for the past 32 years, and breeds heirloom varieties of organic, non GMO corn and soybeans 10 miles from Washington, DC. During the spring of last year, the School Board leased the land to Montgomery County, whose intent was to turn it over to a private soccer organization, MSI, for development into a soccer complex containing the 503rd and 504th soccer fields in the county. (The School Board was found in violation of the open meetings act regarding this lease decision). This 20-acre field is now the last farm in the area and sits in the middle of what is now mcmansion town suburbia, which allows my father to grow seed stock free of GMO contamination due to its isolation from other farms. Because the land is owned by the School Board, we have submitted an unsolicited proposal to the school board for an ag-education center on the land instead of a soccer complex. In our proposal we outlined our objectives of creating a farm incubator program, growing food for local school cafeterias, and hosting farm field trips for local elementary schools as well as land to be continued in seed saving with curriculum focused around that. This winter I launched Brickyard Educational Farm inside of Nick's Organic Farm, my family's farm. I believe this public school board-owned land should be used for agro-educational purposes. I am writing you, to ask if you would be willing to write a short letter of endorsement for the 20-acre parcel, currently known as Nick's Organic Farm to be used for agroeducational purposes instead of for private soccer development. We are hoping to bring some national attention to this issue, and thought you might be able to help.
There is more information about this issue on www.nicksorganicfarm.com and www.brickyardeducationalfarm.org, and I would be honored to speak with you in person to follow up. My phone number is (301)-748-8699, and my e-mail is sophia@BrickyardEducationalFarm.org. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my letter, and I am looking forward to hearing you speak at the Kennedy Center. Asparagus shoots and dandelion roots, Sophia Maravell Nick's Organic Farm and Brickyard Educational Farm
After graduating from college and then from the Farm School in Athol, MA last year, I moved back home I have just recently moved back home my family's farm, Nick's Organic farm, in Potomac, Maryland to help save it from development after recently graduating from college, and then the Farm School in Athol, MA. My father, Nick Maravell, has leased the 20-acre farm from the Montgomery County School Board for the past 32 years, and breeds heirloom varieties of organic, non GMO corn and soybeans 10 miles from DC.