The Port Towns are the towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston, Maryland. The towns are the starting point of the Anacostia Trails Area that travels to Laurel, Maryland. In 1994 Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, and Cottage City agreed to work together towards a common goal – Community Revitalization. The union was established as “The Port Towns” because the Anacostia flows through each town and in the 1700s and 1800s the area that is now the Bladensburg Waterfront Park was once a major tobacco port for Maryland. See Port Towns Business Directory.
ECO City Farms is a not-for-profit, multicultural, inter-generational, Certified Naturally Grown, urban teaching farm in Prince George’s County, MD. They intensively cultivate vegetables, herbs, fruit and micro-greens and promote and actively create food security and equity, healthy eating and active living, along with a new generation of urban farmers.
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. They pick up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region. Then, they make the building materials available to the public at low cost, and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes. They also offer public education about reuse, and distribute free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.
America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.
Sustainable Maryland is a certification program for Maryland municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.
The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) develops and delivers science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health. HGIC partners with the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program to provide educational resources to the volunteers as well as digital resources through our website and the Maryland Grows blog..