COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

PGSCD OFFICES & EVENTS

Due to the reported surge of COVID-19 cases, as reported by local, state, and federal authorities, the District’s headquarters building in Upper Marlboro, MD is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the month of September. Our satellite office in Largo is closed to the public.

Our headquarters building is open for pickups and drop-offs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM.

COVID-19 ResourcesNOTICE ON PUBLIC ACCESS & PLAN SUBMISSIONS:

The Prince George’s Soil Conservation District is open for business, but there is no public access into our headquarters office (Upper Marlboro) or our satellite office (Largo). ALL plan submissions are to be made at the District headquarters in Upper Marlboro. Please drop off all submissions and pick-up packages in the vestibule. *Checks will be taken off of packages immediately. Contact either office for project status updates and guidance. If you have any other questions or inquiries, please call 301-574-5162 ext. 3 or send an email to pgscd@co.pg.md.us.

For USDA-FSA related inquiries, please contact Anna Kitzmiller at 301-574-5162 ext. 2 or anna.kitzmiller@usda.gov.

For USDA-NRCS related inquiries, please call 301-574-5162 ext. 3 to leave a message or contact Michael Baker, Acting District Conservationist, at michael.p.baker@usda.gov.

For MDA-related inquiries, please call 301-574-5162 ext. 3 to leave a message.

 

NOTICE ON ANNUAL DINNER:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 46th Annual Cooperator Dinner has been cancelled for this year.

NOTICE ON ENVIROTHON:

We are sorry to announce the cancellation of this year’s Prince George’s County Envirothon. There are several factors that went into making this difficult decision. For more information, please visit our Envirothon page.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Prince George’s CountyResources and Updates, including closures, press releases, and more.

Food Pantry – Explore a map for food pantry locations in Prince George’s County and neighboring jurisdictions.

Prince George’s County Health DepartmentGuide to Social Distancing

PGC Food Equity CouncilResources for food assistance during the corona virus outbreak.

Prince George’s County Public SchoolsLatest updates and resources from PGCPS

PGC Economic Development Corporation COVID-19 Business Relief Fund – $15M fund established to provide financial assistance to county businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis (includes grants)

New Landowner’s Manual – For new landowners during this time, view this free landowner’s manual published by NACD for helpful guidance.

CDC & MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Get general, worldwide updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Information for Agriculture Workers and Employers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Get the latest updates from the Maryland Department of Health

EQUINE

Maryland Horse Council Visit Maryland Horse Council for the latest COVID19 info for Maryland’s horse community.

Maryland Horse Industry Visit the homepage of the Maryland Horse Industry for the latest updates for COVID19.

Extension HorsesVisit Extension for COVID19 information.

COMMUNITY GARDENS

COVID-19 GuidelinesView the latest COVID-19 guidelines for safe community gardening.

COVID-19 FAQ for Community Gardens – Food safety handling information for community garden managers and gardeners

Montgomery Parks’ Community Gardens COVID-19 Informationguidelines and best practices to ensure the safety of community gardeners

Cooperative Gardens Commission Health & Safety Guidelines guidelines and safety precautions for community gardeners

LOCAL FARMERS, PRODUCERS & FARMERS MARKETS

Where + How to Buy Local during COVID-19 Map

Fresh. Local. Fun. PGClist of county farms, CSAs and farmers markets open for business

Farmers Market Coalition – Stay informed with updates on Farmers Market’s

PGC Food Equity COVID-19 Resources for Farmers Markets – a resource for Prince George’s County farmers market managers and vendors

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission – COVID-19 Resources for Farmers, Agribusinesses and Consumers

Maryland Farm Bureau – Coronavirus Updates in Agriculture

The South Carolina Grower COVID-19 Protective Measures for U-Pick Farmsincludes link to building a field hand washing station

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)Resources for farmers

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project – Check out New Entry’s information for farmers and food businesses.

Purdue University – Take a look at this perspective on the COVID-19 outbreak and how to navigate.

University of Maryland Extension – Article “You’re Going to Need a Different Marketing Plan”

COVID-19 FAQ for Farmers Markets – Information for farmers market managers, market go-ers and vendors

Future Harvest CASA – To help farmers and shoppers weather this crisis, MDFMA (www.marylandfma.org) + Future Harvest (www.futureharvestcasa.org) – along with collaboration from other local groups like MWCOG (www.mwcog.org) and Delmarva Grown (https://www.delmarvagrown.com/) – are creating a directory of local food resources for direct sales. If you would like to be included on this list, please answer the following questions and the information provided will be shared with the public.

Future Harvest CASA Safety Protocols For Food Distribution & Purchases During COVID-19 – this guide is a reference for direct local food sales

Future Harvest CASA Communications Resources for Farm Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemiccreate clear communications with customers about your COVID-19 safety protocols

UMD Extension COVID-19 ResourcesInformation, services, and assistance regarding COVID-19 (including resources for farmers)

ATTRA COVID-19 ResponseResources for farmers as well as free technical materials

American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund – awards farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each

COVID-19 Business Survival Guideresources focus on several different areas from marketing on Facebook and Google, to CDC Guidelines for small businesses and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan process

Congress passes COVID-19 relief package, providing $9.5 billion for farmers who supply local food systems

PASA Webinar: COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Farms & Small Businesses

PASA COVID-19 Guidance for Farms & Markets – includes a list of relevant information and resources to support farmers and local markets

Virginia Cooperative Extension COVID-19 Resourcesresources for farmers markets, farmers, community gardens and food workers

UMD Extension COVID-19 and Agritourism in Marylandresources for pick-your-own and other food marketing operations

NESAWG’S COVID-19 Resource Pageresource to help support farmers and food systems practitioners during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Iowa State University Extension COVID-19 Resources – a variety of resources for livestock and produce growers from their small farm sustainability program