I am looking to began a new start up agriculture business raising snails. I...

Asked February 19, 2015, 1:49 PM EST

I am looking to began a new start up agriculture business raising snails. I am looking for 4 to 6 acres of land zoned RA in Prince Georges County. I might consider Charles County. Do you have a map outlining all the RA zoned property in the County? Can you offer any guidance on what part of the County I should be looking? I would appreciate any feedback you can provide.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Good Afternoon,

Thanks for contacting Extension. Property is a major investment, so you are right to be doing your homework beforehand. Although I am not familiar with raising snails, I can help in finding zoning maps. See the links below for more info.

For questions about starting an agricultural operation in Charles County you may also contact Ben Beale, Extension Educator-Agricultural Sciences University of Maryland Extension St. Mary's County 301-475-4482

Prince George’s County Maps

http://www.pgatlas.com/Documents/MapGallery/Bowie%20Master%20Plan/ZoningSouth/ZoningSouth.jpg

http://www.pgatlas.com/#/Grid

Charles County Planning & Growth Management Zoning Maps
https://www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm/planning/zoning-maps

https://www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm/rim/pgm-maps


Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
http://www.smadc.com/farmRESOR/res_roundup.html


USDA Alternative Farming Systems Info Center

http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/grazing-systems-and-alternative-livestock-breeds/raising-alternative-livestock-breeds/snails

University of Maryland Extension Ag Marketing Site

http://extension.umd.edu/agmarketing/alternative-enterprises