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Brickyard Educational Farm's mission is to connect people with the land, water, food and biodiversity that sustain them. Brickyard Educational Farm (BEF) started up in January, 2012 inside of a 32-year old organic seed farm. The farm, located in Potomac, Maryland, served over 700 children through its outdoor and environmental farm field trip program. By planting seeds that inspire future generations to know, nurture and protect our living soils, the students that come to Brickyard Educational Farm learn about sustainable farming, environmental stewardship and healthy eating. The lessons are based on a station rotation model that incorporates Common Core Lessons, Next Generation Science Standards, Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards and Montgomery County's new Curriculum 2.0 requirements, correlating field trips seamlessly with in class lessons for visiting teachers.

Brickyard Educational Farm's future vision is to expand the current farm to school elementary field trip program in order to serve more students per year. A Farm Incubator program would also be included that would tie into the Montgomery County Farm Incubator Pilot program which helps train the next generation of farmers. The produce from this program could be incorporated into school lunches at affordable rates, bringing nutritious food to area students that rely on the School Meal program for breakfast and lunch. The third component would focus on the art of seed saving through an apprenticeship program that teachers future and new farmers how to preserve local heirloom seeds, in order to bolster the region's food security.