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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2019 Starting a Small, Intensive Farm for Commercial Markets

January 22, 2019 - April 2, 2019 | Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 East Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21212 (map)



Description: In this workshop series, we’ll explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that apply to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit and vegetable production.

What: A 10-part training for beginning farmers
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, starting January 22, 2019
Where: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
430 E Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21212
Cost: $10 per session or $60 for the entire series.
Registration currently available for the entire series.
Registration for single classes will be available soon.

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Annie's Project - Southern MD

January 23, 2019 - April 3, 2019 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772 (map)


Contact: Kim Rush Lynch,

Description: Annie’s project is designed to empower women in agriculture, provide information in farm management and build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.

Key Principles:

*Teach all five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing, & production.
*Invite local professionals to serve as guest instructors where possible.
*Allocate half of class time to discussion and hands-on activities.
*Provide un-biased, researched based information.
*Create a learning environment where mentoring is spontaneous.

Core Values:

*Safe Harbor - all questions or situations are welcomed for sharing and open discussion.
*Connection - to each other and to professionals introduced to them in class.
*Discovery - the moment when something makes sense where before it did not.
*Guided Intelligence - at any one time there is a woman in the audience who knows more about the subject being presented than the instructor and is willing to share her experience.

Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen and women involved in agriculture with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

Southern Maryland
6 Sessions, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
January 23, 2019 – April 3, 2019 (every other Wednesday)

April 10 (snow day)

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District

5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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Developing Marketing Plans and Strategies

February 16, 2019 - April 27, 2019 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772 (map)



Description: Three part workshop series going into the nitty-gritty of business planning and marketing! Covering the 5 P's of Marketing: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, and People.

Workshops will be held on:
February 16th
March 16th
April 27th

From 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the PG Soil Conservation District in Upper Marlboro.

For more information, please see the link above. Or contact Patricia King at or 410-651-6070.

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Regional Grazing Conference

February 21, 2019 | Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD, 21713 (map)

Organizer: Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance


Description: The Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance is pleased to present Jim Gerrish.

Jim’s experience includes over 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on their family farm in northern Missouri. The University of Missouri - Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.

Please see Eventbrite for more information and tentative agenda.

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Arundel Ag Connect: Connecting Farmers to Service Providers

February 21, 2019 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Road, Harwood, MD, 20776 (map)

Organizer: Arundel Ag


Description: Join Arundel Ag for this FREE, informal networking event featuring your agriculture service providers. Learn about programs and opportunities such as farm equipment rental, land preservation, financing, farmers markets assistance and more! Displays from various County and State departments will be available throughout the evening.

Confirmed exhibitors include:
Arundel Ag
Anne Arundel Agriculture & Woodland Preservation
Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau
Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District
Maryland Agriculture & Resource Based-Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)
Maryland Farmers Market Association
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Southern High FFA
University of Maryland Extension

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Maryland Dairy Convention

February 22, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Location: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD, 21703 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Dairy Industry Association


Description: Theme of event hosted by the MD Dairy Industry Association is "Opportunities for Staying Viable in the 21st Century." Features Peter Vitaliano of National Milk Producers Association discussing dairy markets and Albert DeVries of the University of Florida speaking on practices for profitability, as well as breakout sessions, trade show, afternoon telling your story workshop and MD Dairy Shrine and MD Holstein Association banquet and awards. For more information, call 301-349-0750, e-mail, visit or go to and search for MD Dairy Convention.

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2019 Bay Area Fruit School

February 22, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Location: Wye Research and Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD, 21658 (map)



Description: The University of Maryland Extension and College of Agriculture & Natural Resources will host an all-day workshop discussing recent research in fruit tree planting and management on Friday, February 22nd at the Wye Research and Education center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive in Queenstown.

Presentations will focus on:

Why Herbicides Fail
Soil-borne Diseases in Fruit Orchards
Drivers of Honey Bee Losses
Late Season Fruit Rot Control in Grapes
Tree Fruit Disease Management in a Very Wet Year
Performance of Late-planted Day-neutral Strawberries in Low-tunnels
Basics of Strawberry Disease Management
and more...
- Maryland Private Pesticide Applicator credits approved for 8 credits in CAT 1A and 10
- Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) credits 3.5 pest management and 1 crop management

2019 Commercial Orchard Spray Guide will be available for purchase (20 books available)

REGISTRATION - Deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 cost is $25.00* (includes lunch and morning snacks).

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Fee: $5 members / $20 non-menbers

Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association (MOFFA)

February 23, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

County: Anne Arundel

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

Organizer: Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association

Contact: Claudia Raskin,, 301-785-2936

Description: Join farmers, consumers, advocates, and researchers at this public meeting and potluck lunch. MOFFA Vice Chair, Claudia Raskin said:

“We have news you can use! Presentations, panels, and workshops for farmers and gardeners looking for new ideas, techniques, and inspiration, as well as networking opportunities for consumers and distributors looking for good sources of local, organic food.”

Keynote Speaker: CAROLINE TAYLOR
Exec. Director, Montgomery Countryside Alliance
The Future of Farming on Metro’s Edge: Collaborating & Raising Voices Together

Workshops & Panels:
Growing Hemp in Maryland

New Paths & Perspectives: Next Gen Visions

Cover Crops & Compost Crops

Food As Medicine

Gardening With Biochar

Farm Bill Update

Organic Update with Deanna Baldwin, MDA

The Latest Science & Research:

Managing Honey Bees Organically

Preventing Food Borne Illnesses in Organically Farmed Produce

Spotted Lanternfly: Info & Update

Integrated Weed Management (IWM) for Organic Vegetable Producers

Organic Insecticides: What Works and What Doesn't

Status of Agro-tourism in Maryland

Homegrown ‘Eat Local’ Potluck Lunch

Silent Auction

Half Price New Book Sale

Display Tables

Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association (MOFFA) was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization. A pioneer in the organic movement, MOFFA strives to build a sustainable network of individuals and organizations that support small farms, family gardens and ecologically sound businesses.

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Intro to Ag Careers Workshop

February 23, 2019 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: College of Southern Maryland - La Plata, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD, 20646 (map)



Description: Through an established partnership with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and SMADC, the workshop ‘Introduction to Agricultural Careers (HGC-8050)’ will be held at the CSM LaPlata Campus on Saturday February 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 6-hour course will identify and compare different segments of the agricultural field and illustrate industry options, as well as outline educational requirements for relevant industry certification in Engineering, Machinery, Horticulture, Agronomy, Safety, Business, Economics, Law and Agri-tourism.

Costs for the workshop include the tuition fee of $17 and college fees of $55. Scholarships are available from SMADC, awarded on a first come first serve basis to students from Southern Maryland who show proof of enrollment in ‘Introduction to Agricultural Careers (HGC-8050). To review the criteria and scholarship application/request form, visit 'SMADC Programs' and find the 'Scholarships' page at

Workshop registration is open now, and closes February 22 at 5 p.m. For more information on the CSM course schedule, course details and non-credit course registration options (online and by mail), visit For questions, contact SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922, Ex. 1, or email

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Delmarva Farmer Circle

February 23, 2019 | Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Wicomico County Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Rd, Salisbury, MD, 21801 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: This farmers' circle will be conducted in the J.M. Fortier style -- a post-season gathering for farmers to brainstorm solutions to their biggest problem faced during the 2018 season. This session is geared toward intermediate and advanced growers, but newer farmers are welcome if they have at least 2 years of growing experience.

This is a format farmers in the Montreal region have been using for years and have found to be a phenomenal way to informally learn from one another and build their collective knowledge base. Each farmer shares their biggest issue faced in the previous growing season (odds are someone else has also faced this at some point or another) and the brainstorming commences! If the group size is small, we may be able to go around the circle twice. 2018 was a tough year. It'll be great to create these yearly meet-ups for farmers to brainstorm and problem solve together with other farmers in their growing region.

The event is FREE. But please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Contact Niamh Shortt at or by phone at 443-880-1247 for more information.

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