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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MGGA/UMD Summer Field Day

June 23, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Golden Run Vineyards, 437 Schmidt Farm Lane, Sudlersville, MD, 21668 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Grape Growers Association


Description: A fantastic agenda, education, networking, and of course, local wines. Don't miss the Annual MGGA/UMD Grape Summer Field Day! See the agenda at the registration link.

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Pest & Disease Scouting Workshop

June 23, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Cottingham Farm, 28038 Goldsborough Neck Road, Easton, MD, 21601 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Niamh Shortt,, 443-880-1247

Description: Want to keep your crops healthy? Need help identifying and responding to those bugs and spots on your crops? Join us at Cottingham Farm to learn to scout, identify, and treat pest and disease issues on your farm.

In this workshop, we will learn good technique for scouting your fields; how to identify possible pests and diseases; and the biological control, organic, and IPM options for addressing the problems you’ve identified. We will cover some of the common pests and plant diseases in our region and will have time for specific questions. There will be a potluck lunch at the end of the workshop.

University of Maryland Extension (UME) Entomologist Emily Zobel, UME Plant Pathologist Manish Poudel, and Cottingham Farm owner/farmer Cleo Braver will lead the workshop and share their knowledge and experience!

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Fee: Free

UMES New Farm Open House

June 26, 2018 | Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: UMES Farm: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 10789 Stewart Neck Road, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension Program at UMES

Contact: Berran Rogers,

Description: Between 3pm-7pm, UMES will open their farm gates for visitors to stop by for an hour or so to walk around and learn about the various field demonstration projects going on out at our new farm located just a few miles off campus.

The relaxed and informal setting with allow for attendees to interact with extension farm staff and fellow attendees. Light refreshments will be provided.

Rain Date: Thursday, June 28

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Fee: Free

2018 Farmers' Field Day at LESREC

June 27, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Lower Eastern Shore Research & Education Center, 27664 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD, 21801 (map)



Description: Calling all Farmers/Growers to your Field Day at the University of Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center (LESREC) to be held Wednesday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will include the research geared towards your needs:

IR-4 Program
Ag Law and Conserve
Plant Pathology
Plant Diagnostic Information
Nutrient Management/Soil Health (chance for Nutrient Management Credits)
Weed Management
Bee and Pollen Research
Poultry / Dairy Information
Variety Trials
Wagon Tours
Luncheon is provided

Researchers and Ag Agents will be available to answer questions. University of Maryland Extension will also have information on Food Safety.

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Fee: $15

2018 Be Smart, Drench Smart Workshop

June 30, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: A “Be Smart . . . Drench Smart” Small Ruminant Integrated Parasite Management workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at the swine facility on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Beginning at 9 a.m., Dr. E. Nelson Escobar will provide instruction involving the use of the FAMACHA© score card to mitigate or manage parasite burdens common to small ruminants.

During the all-day workshop, participants will study anthelmintic resistance, gastrointestinal parasites that badger small sheep and goats and practices to mitigate or manage parasite burdens. The 3-hour morning session will serve as an introduction for the 3 to 4 hour afternoon hands-on session, which will offer certification on the use of the FAMACHA© score card. The day ends at 4 p.m.

A special summer discount is in place for the upcoming session. Registration costs has been reduced to $15 per person and includes one FAMACHA© card. To register online, visit For more information or to register by phone, call Escobar at 410-651-7930/6210. To anyone with a disability or food allergy, who needs special accommodations to participate, please call at least 7 days prior to the event.

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Fee: Free

No-Till Field Day

July 3, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Farm of John Stoltzfus, 37510 Westham Lane, Mechanicsville, MD, 20659 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Ben Beale,, 301-475-4481

Description: Join fellow farmers, industry representatives and Extension Agents for a day of learning about no-till. Equipment demonstrations will occur throughout the day. For questions, call Ben Beale at 301-475-4481 or email This will be an informal tour, with plenty of opportunity to discuss your no-till questions with other growers. Handouts and other brochures will be available.

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Fee: $35

Farmer Legislative Workshop

July 11, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, 15800 Croom Rd , Brandywine, MD, 20613 (map)

Organizer: LEAD Maryland Foundation

Contact: Debbie Simpkins ,

Description: Please join LEAD Maryland Alumni on July 11th, 2018 for a workshop to learn how farmers can be involved in shaping legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. LEAD Alumni, LEAD Class X and registered guests are welcome to attend. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Please register to attend. Space is limited.

Topics include:

Why it is important to know the local legislative landscape;
How to connect with local groups advocating for agriculture;
Connecting with legislators;
How to defend your right to farm;
Tips for giving a speech of public testimony;

Registration is 8:00 - 9:00am, with the first speaker begining at 9:00am.

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Cultivate Baltimore 2018 - Session 4: Community Engaged Farming

July 12, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Whitelock Community Farm, 930 Whitelock Street, Baltimore, MD, 21208 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: Eric Jackson of Black Yield Institute will speak on Community Engaged Farming: why it is critical to engage deeply with your farm's community and gather input from, show respect to, and support community members. Whitelock Community Farm's Isabel Antreasian and a community member will also discuss the ways Whitelock engages and serves their Reservoir Hill community.

This program is a collaborative effort between Future Harvest CASA, University of Maryland Extension, and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. Additional partners include several agricultural professionals and successful farmers in Baltimore, including graduates of Future Harvest CASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program.

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Diagnosing Plant Disease Workshop

July 16, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: One Straw Farm , 19718 Kirkwood Shop Road, White Hall, MD, 21161 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Caroline Selle,

Description: Join FHCASA founding members Joan and Drew Norman for a tour of One Straw Farm’s plant disease prevention practices, followed by an in-field scouting demo led by University of Maryland Extension (UME) Plant Pathologist Dr. Karen Rane and UME Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Specialist Dr. Jerry Brust. We’ll discuss the symptoms presented by viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, look for common signs of plant illness, and discuss insect vectors. Please bring a dish for the potluck to follow. Questions? Contact Caroline Selle at

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Weed Control in Organic Grain & Vegetable Systems

July 20, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Cutfresh Organics, 4713 Cooper Rd, Eden, MD, 21822 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Niamh Shortt,

Description: Join us at Cutfresh Organics, an organic grain and vegetable farm near Salisbury, MD, for this workshop on latest innovations in mid-sized farm weed control and equipment. Farmer Aaron Cooper, the lower Maryland shore’s most experienced organic grain grower, will lead the workshop and a Q&A! A potluck will follow the workshop. Rain date: Thursday, July 19th. Cutfresh Organics, 4713 Cooper Road, Eden, MD 21822 Questions? Please contact Delmarva Field Program Manager Niamh Shortt at or 443-880-1247

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