Montgomery County is taking its National Day of Civic Hacking event to the farm.

The county is looking for computer programmers, students and food experts to take part in its Food Data Jam on May 31 and June 1 in Poolesville — the heart of the county’s Agricultural Reserve.

The hope is that the event will inspire new ideas about linking wasted food to homeless shelters and food pantries, provide small farmers access to customers and create apps on the school system’s food options.

The overnight event is free and Montgomery County is offering a bus that will leave from Bethesda to transport coders, developers, high school students and food system experts to Poolesville.

Farmers will talk about the realities of running a small farm in Montgomery County. MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr and MCPS food and nutrition director Marla Caplon will also speak.

For more information, visit the event sign-up page.

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