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2011 Speaker Series - 6/22/11

June 22 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live and Sustain: Urban Agriculture: Successful Urban Farming in the Heart of Prince George’s County - CM 1.5

Presentation Description:

Urban agriculture is increasingly being considered as a source of high quality locally produced food for restaurants and retail consumers, and as a strategy to enhance urban food security and health, support community building, contribute to urban environmental management, and provide educational and recreational services. This discussion of the program will focus on urban agriculture, which is one of the hottest topics in the planning field. Benefits of urban agriculture to the community, planning and regulatory challenges it encounters, and innovative ideas for urban agriculture will be discussed.

Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, Founder and CEO of ECO City Farms

Laura Connelly, RLA, ASLA, Planner Coordinator, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, M-NCPPC

Moderator: Gül Güleryüz, Planner Coordinator, Countywide Planning Division, Prince George’s County Department of Planning, M-NCPPC

new June 22, 2011, Youth Gardening Initiative, click here to view

new June 22, 2011, ECO City Farms, click here to view

Presenters’ Biographies:

Margaret Morgan-Hubbard: Founder and CEO of ECO City Farms. Margaret Morgan-Hubbard is an organizer, educator, and environmentalist. Prior to founding ECO, she launched and ran the Engaged University, bringing more than 3,000 residents and university members together to jointly consider the needs of the community surrounding the University of Maryland, assess existing partnerships, and carry out strategic interventions and collaborations, including a community farm and recycled bike shop. Morgan–Hubbard’s professional and grassroots organizing experience includes running the Office of Communications at the US Environmental Protection Agency; directing a national environmental organization; managing the District of Columbia’s Low Income Weatherization and related Block Grant programs; building membership for the National Immigration Forum; directing Jobs in Energy in DC and the Energy Task Force in NYC, and operating alternative energy investment programs for the National Council of Churches. She is a member of the Executive Committee of M‑NCPPC’s Envision Prince George’s and a Board Member of Future Harvest CASA.


Kyle Lowe: Park Ranger Supervisor, Park Ranger Office, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. Park Ranger Supervisor Kyle Lowe began his career with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County as a Park Ranger in 1995. He graduated from University of Maryland College Park with an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation. For the past 14 years he has been the supervisor of the Park Ranger program which is responsible for natural resource and wildlife management, outreach educational programs, park and facility patrols and support, community outreach and conservation efforts throughout the 27,000+ acre park system. In addition, Kyle has managed the Department of Parks and Recreation Agriculture program for over 12 years that consists of approximately 1,300 acres. The Park Rangers lead six youth gardens in schools and community centers and are in the process of implementing a new Garden Plot initiative for the county, along with working with the ECO City Farms with their Urban Garden site. He is driven by efforts that improve customer service and quality park experiences.


Gül Güleryüz: Planner Coordinator, Research Section, Countywide Planning Division. Gül has been conducting research on urban agriculture, and agriculture in Prince George’s County for many years. She has chronicled the transformation of agriculture in the county, from being a tobacco-producing county to a regional center for vegetable and nursery production, and horse farming. Gül has reported on the loss of acres of farmland, and the replacement of many traditional farms in conventional crop and livestock production by metropolitan farms producing high-value specialty crops.