Workshops and Events

This is a listing of events, workshops and conferences available to the Maryland agricultural community. To submit an event, you must be a registered Maryland FarmLINK member.


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Fee: $583

Intensive Introduction to Urban Commercial Agriculture

January 25, 2017 - March 22, 2017 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

County: Prince George's County

Location: University Town Center, 6505 Belcrest Road, Suite 125 , Hyattsville, MD, 20782 (map)

Organizer: ECO City Farms

Contact:,, 3012881125

Description: In partnership with Prince George's Community College, this intensive course will teach you strategies for planning and designing an ecologically-sound urban farm, based on your needs, goals, and resources. Starting with the basic principles of sustainable farming, this course will touch on crop and soil science, composting, resource management and farm business planning. Also, you will be taught food safety regulations and strategies needed to know to prepare produce for sale.

Schedule: 9 sessions from January 25th – March 22nd on Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m

Price: $583 (includes a $466 lab fee, does not include $20 registration fee)

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Fee: $45/person

Wheels Up: 4 Part Class for Advancing your Farm Business

March 7, 2017 - March 28, 2017 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Piedmont Group Insurance Company, 47 E South Street, Suite 101, Frederick, MD, 21701 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA and UME

Contact: Ginger S. Myers,, 301-432-2767 ext.338

Description: Each TUESDAY evening in March. See Link for details:

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Open House "Meet and Greet"

March 22, 2017 - March 23, 2017 | Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

County: Charles

Location: SMADC, 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville , Ma, 20637 (map)

Organizer: SMADC

Contact:,, 301-274-1922 x.1

Description: SMADC invites you to welcome new director, Shelby Watson-Hampton. SMADC is hosting an Open House “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, at the SMADC office located at 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville MD 20637. Please stop by to introduce yourself and get acquainted with Shelby, come with your questions, suggestions and stories! She is looking forward to meeting you all. Refreshments and delicious local treats will be available for our guests throughout the day. And stock up on SMADC brochures and promotional items and chat with SMADC staff and Commission members. We encourage farmers, producers, agricultural organizations and economic development, elected officials and others with a vested interest in local agriculture to attend.

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Fee: $30 per person, Pre-registration Required

Maryland Farm Bureau Women In Ag Conference

March 25, 2017 | Time: 8:00 am - TBD

Location: Maryland Farm Bureau Office, 3358 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville, MD, 21035 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Farm Bureau

Contact: Chris Catterton,, 410.279.7452

Description: Registration deadline March 21, 2017. ($20 will be refund to you with your attendance) Mail Payment to: Maryland Farm Bureau Office Breakfast & Lunch included Group Dinner After Conference & Lodging not included in Registration fee – Both Optional Participant responsible for booking lodging See details and register:

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Maryland Young Farmers Coaltion Spring Mixer at Good Dog Farm

March 26, 2017 | Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: God Dog Farm, 17318 Masemore Road, Parkton , Ma, 21120 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Young Farmers Coalition


Description: Grab a farmer friend, your family, (or come alone and meet some new fellow farmers) and head out to this FREE, casual, social event. Hear from the Maryland. Young Farmer Coalition, a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and tour Good Dog Farm, co-operated by three young farmers who grow delicious vegetables. Then stick around for a cookout! Please bring a small dish or drinks to share. RSVP is appreciated, but not required, to or respond to the Facebook event. See details:

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Fee: 15

Food Safety Training for Fruit & Vegetable Producers

March 27, 2017 | Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County: Anne Arundel

Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 2 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Department of Agriculture

Contact: Carol Reynolds,, 410-841-5769

Description: The Maryland Department of Agriculture, University of Maryland Extension, and University of Maryland will be conducting an advanced food safety training workshop for fruit and vegetable producers on Monday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Maryland Department of Agriculture; 50 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis. This one-day workshop is intended for growers who have previously attended a basic GAP training and is important for small- and large- scale producers who want to understand how to meet current FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule requirements; are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) certification; or are currently GAP/GHP certified and need to meet continuing education requirements. The training will focus on post harvest food safety issues. See details in link:

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Western Maryland Farm Trucking Forum

April 4, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Garrett College Career Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive, , Accident, Ma, 21520 (map)



Description: The Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) is hosting a Farm Trucking Forum in Western Maryland on April 4, 2017 at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland State Police and Maryland Vehicle Administration will be on hand to present and answer questions. All Maryland Farm Bureau members, farmers and truck drivers are invited to this forum to discuss the issues facing farmers on rural roads and state highways. With spring planting coming up, members can hear firsthand how the latest trucking rules and regulations can affect their business. Farmers and truck drivers are encouraged to ask questions about IRP’s, permits, tags and weight limits. The Garrett College CTTC offers a classroom for the presentation and an adjacent garage bay where we will bring in a truck to walk around and examine with the Maryland State Police as an example. Donuts and coffee will be served. The event is free for Maryland Farm Bureau members and $20 for non-members. See details in link:

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Maryland Farmers Market Conference (Re-Scheduled)

April 10, 2017 | Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

County: Anne Arundel

Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Ma (map)

Organizer: Maryland Department of Agriculture

Contact: Mark Powell,, (410)-841-5775

Description: he 2017 Maryland Farmers Market Conference has been scheduled for Monday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Conference sessions will include marketing tips for farmers markets, updates on current regulations guiding the 2017 season, food safety, and much more. Training and certification sessions will be available for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the Fruit and Vegetable Check (FVC) program. Farmers can also sign up to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The department’s Weights & Measures program will offer equipment certifications for farmers who bring their market scales to the conference.

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Webinar: Season Extension

April 12, 2017 | Time: 12:00 pm - TBD

Location: Webinar (map)

Organizer: UME Women In Agriculture


Description: This webinar will cover season extension techniques and how they can be used to reduce the risk of climate variability and expand market access by expanding the growing season and enabling specialty crop production.

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Fee: $20

Training Workshops for On-Farm Poultry and Rabbit Processing Cer

April 13, 2017 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: The Maryland Department of Agriculture Building, 50 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD, 21401 (map)

Organizer: The Maryland Department of Agriculture

Contact: Carol Reynolds ,, 410-841-5769

Description: To help farmers meet growing demand for local meats, the Maryland Department of Agriculture will conduct a training workshop for on-farm poultry and rabbit slaughter and processing. The fee is $20 and includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is required. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. This workshop is part of a voluntary certification program to assist small poultry and rabbit operations to meet the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s approved source requirements to sell poultry and/or rabbit (off-farm) at farmers’ markets or to restaurants and retailers in Maryland. Workshop participants will learn to recognize diseases of public health concern, take basic biosecurity measures, write and implement basic Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures, develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans, and properly dispose of offal and waste water. To become certified for off-farm sales, producers must: •Complete the training; •Pass a brief test at the training; •Submit an application for certification along with a $75 annual fee; and •Be inspected by the department’s inspectors, who will conduct an inspection at least once per year to verify that producers are following food safety requirements.

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