News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is hosting a Town Hall Meeting for the regional community to hear updates on the Westham Butcher Shop (the soon to be completed Amish-operated slaughter facility), the proposed Regional Agricultural Center (RAC), and the Southern Maryland Meats program.

Southern Maryland farmers and producers of all types, as well as others from the community are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion and share their questions, concerns, and ideas.

The Town Hall meeting will take place at on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the SMECO Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hughesville, Maryland.

SMADC is eager to engage the advice and expertise of those interested, to assist in the development of the various key components of the RAC; (Meat Locker, Cold Storage, Commercial and Instructional Kitchen, Butcher Shop/Charcuterie and Retail Outlet). Following the Town Hall Meeting, an additional set of separate evening discussion groups will also be held to solicit input on stakeholder needs for each of the specialty areas, on June 24 through June 27, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the SMADC office at 15045 Burnt Store Road. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Town Hall meeting for those wishing to join committees for the following areas:   

Monday, June 24 – Meat Locker and Cold Storage (for meat, seafood and produce) 
Tuesday, June 25 – Commercial Kitchen and Instructional Kitchen 
Wednesday, June 26 – Butcher Shop and Charcuterie 
Thursday, June 27 – Retail Outlet 

Those who are unable to attend the Town Hall Meeting who would like to stop by with questions or ideas are invited to visit the SMADC offices during the posted small group times.

“As always, SMADC’s mission is to support farms and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland,” commented SMADC Director Shelby Watson-Hampton. “We look forward to continuing to work with our farmers on these new and exciting projects as we strive to strengthen our regional agricultural economy.”

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...