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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Small Ruminant Producers' Association Interest Meeting

October 18, 2018 | Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Richard A. Henson Center, 30690 University Blvd South, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension Program at UMES


Description: Sheep and goat producers are invited to a discussion centered on the establishment of a small ruminant producers’ association on Thursday, October 18. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Richard A. Henson Center on the UMES campus.

Dr. E. Nelson Escobar, University of Maryland Extension small ruminant specialist at UMES, and Maegan Perdue, University of Maryland Extension agent associate and nutrient management advisor in Worcester County, will lead the discussion for the startup that will allow producers to network, give input on programming needs in the area and gain valuable continuing education. Refreshments will be provided.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required.

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Farm Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Efficiency

October 29, 2018 | Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Dicot Farm, 13355 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf, MD, 20601 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Caroline Selle,

Description: Farming is a tough business, but these farmers have some tricks up their sleeves! Join Meghan Ochal & Erik de Guzman of Dicot Farm to learn their tricks for harvesting, washing, and storing greens efficiently (including a demo of a Quick Cut Greens Harvester, Coolbot-cooled walk-in, and retrofitted washing machine). Then, watch a presentation on a ‘cheat guide’ for pest management from Caroline Selle of Future Harvest CASA. Learn how to ID insects quickly and choose the most effective management methods from the organic farmer’s toolbox.

Questions? Contact Caroline Selle:

Dicot Farm, 13355 Poplar Hill Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601
$20 FHCASA members / $40 non-members

Thank you to our sponsors for this event, University of Maryland Extension - UMES, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center

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Startup Seminar: Brewery / Winery / Distillery - Frederick

October 29, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

County: 21701

Location: Hood College, Whitaker Campus Commons, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Fr, MD (map)

Organizer: Grow and Fortify


Description: Join Kevin Atticks and Janna Howley for a seminar to discuss starting a brewery, winery or distillery in Maryland. Kevin serves as Executive Director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Wineries Association & the Maryland Distillers Guild. Janna is the Director of Operations for Grow & Fortify.

Included in the discussion:

Planning & Zoning
County or City Permitting
Federal, State & Local Alcohol Licensing
Sourcing or Growing Local Agricultural Inputs
Marketing & Sales Opportunities
Legislation & Industry Efforts

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Light food and beverage will be available.

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Urban Farmer Field School: Planning to achieve your farm financial goals

October 29, 2018 | Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City Office, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD, 21215 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Neith Little,

Description: Most of the work of a farm is in producing and marketing crops and livestock. But will this effort be economically viable? And what are the economic risks? These are questions that all farm businesses must answer regardless of whether they are for-profit or not-for-profit. To stay in business, the farm must be economically sustainable. To measure economic viability, this class will focus on two economic measurements – net income and cash flow.

Calculating an income statement will help you work towards your financial goals, whether your goal is to provide a certain amount of income for yourself or to cover your business’ costs and invest back into the business for the future. Calculating a cash flow statement will help you identify pinch points throughout the season, so that you have enough funds on hand to pay for seasonal expenses without resorting to expensive short-term credit.

This class will be taught by Dale Johnson, Farm Management Specialist, UMD Extension

Dinner will be provided at this evening workshop, thanks to sponsorship by MidAtlantic Farm Credit.

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Food for Profit - Maryland Entrepreneurship Training Program

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

Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD, 21629 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Ginger Myers,

Description: Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product?

Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business. The course will be held at the Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD 21629 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This session of Penn State Extension’s popular course has been specifically adapted to Maryland’s food production regulations, food entrepreneurial resources, and marketing opportunities.

REGISTRATION (Registration deadline - Friday, October 19, 2018)
Registration for Food for Profit, is $55.00* (includes all materials and lunch)

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Delmarva Soil Summit

November 1, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 5:15 pm

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)


Contact: Niamh Shortt,

Description: For farmers, service providers, and soil health enthusiasts: A full day of learning from farmers and other experts about latest innovations in soil health and fertility.

Expert Speakers
Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit -- on Soil Health
Dr. Emmanuel Omondi, Rodale Institute -- on Carbon Sequestration Research Trials
James Brewer, Natural Resources Conservation Service -- on Delmarva's Soils
Farmer Panel, featuring farmers from across Delmarva -- on Successes and Challenges to Implementing Soil Health Best Practices

In-Depth Afternoon Breakouts
In-Depth Soil Test Analysis with Bill McKibben, Head Agronomist at Logan Labs
Planting Green with Adam Snyder of Harborview Farms
Air-Seeder Presentation with Sussex Conservation District
Soil Health Tools with University of Maryland Extension Specialists Nevin Dawson and Dr. Sara Via
Mushrooms and Microbes with Mark Jones, Sharondale Farm

Open Farmer-to-Farmer Notice Board
Nutrient Management Credits
Soil & Ag Service Tradeshow
Extended Speaker Q&A
Networking Opportunities

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Beef Producer's Short Course Series I - Western Maryland

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD, 21756 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Matt Morris,

Description: The University of Maryland Extension has designed this short-course to provide producers educational information and hands-on training in several areas of beef production. Whether you're just thinking of starting your own beef production operation or have been in the industry for years, this short-course will have something for all.

Topic areas that will be covered include: determining daily operating costs, understanding EPD's, Veterinary Feed Directive, body condition scoring, forage sampling and storage, nutrient management, pasture and paddock development as well as many others.

Educational resources will include: body condition score guides, determining your unit cost of production, budget workbooks (cowherd system and purchased cows), estrus sync planner, grazing and hay records spreadsheets.

To participate in the Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course, please submit a completed application and registration fee of $75 by October 30, 2018. All educational materials, meals (dinner and lunch), and breaks are included. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, and applicants will be notified of their status no later than October 31, 2018.

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15th Annual Small Farm Conference

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: UMES - Students Service Center, 11868 College Backbone Road, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

Organizer: UMES Small Farm Program


Description: Keynote Speakers

Christopher Bradshaw and Violet King of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.:rebuilding urban, community-based food systems through social enterprise, helping to increase access to healthy food and to improve community health developing low-income entrepreneurs and cooperatives training at-risk adult residents for sustainable, family-supporting wages. Founded in 2008, the company was created as a response to the educational and economic disparities in under served, low-income communities in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Bradshaw. A social justice entrepreneur whose expertise is using social innovation through the food system to grow meaningful community economic development within marginalized communities.

Violet King. An urban farmer, educator and herbalist who has been working to bring healthier food options and farming or gardening as well as nutrition education to youth and adults. Her work focuses on teaching how to grow and prepare food using sustainable and agroecological farming practices.

On Site Special Event Farmers Market

Buy local . . . eat local . . . support local businesses during the 15th annual Small Farm Conference. On Friday, November 2, farmers and vendors are invited to sell produce, baked goods, and/or value added products. Reserve your space today. Incentives will be provided to the first 5 farmers or vendors to sign up.

Discount for anyone attending Delmarva Soil Summit on Thursday and Small Farm Conference on Friday and Saturday!

Note: A discounted ticket is reserved for anyone who will attend the Delmarva Soil Summit at UMES on Thursday, November 1, and then the Small Farm Conference on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. See our ticket selections.

More information concerning this year's conference is forthcoming. For more information about the Delmarva Soil Summit, visit:

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2018 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

November 8, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The Crowne Plaza, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD, 21401 (map)

Organizer: The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI)


Description: The ALEI Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference is an opportunity to learn how to navigate the complex system of laws that Maryland farmers face. This conference brings together farmers, policymakers, attorneys, and regulators to spread information and stimulate discussion around the environmental laws and regulations relevant to agriculture.

Registration for the conference includes access to all program sessions, downloadable conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Those who wish to receive Delaware Continuing Legal Education Credits will need to pay an additional $50.00 fee during the registration process.

Maryland Pesticide Applicator Credit and Delaware Continuing Legal Education Credits Available. Beginning farmers are eligible to receive a 50% discount off price of admission.
Email Shannon at to apply for the beginner farmer scholarship.

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Sowing the Seeds of Social Media Success: Strategic Market Planning - Two Sessions

November 13, 2018 - November 15, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: See more details below (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Ginger Myers,

Description: The marketing world is rapidly changing and so are the tools for interacting with your target market. Internet and social media channels abound. Interactive marketing opportunities such as websites, blogs, e-mail campaigns, podcasts, e-commerce, and videos are taking the marketing world by storm. But with the time demands of running a successful business, how do you determine which of these tools match your marketing goals and your technical abilities?

This seminar will be held in two locations with the same program offered at each site.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Thursday, November 15, 2018
1000 College Circle, Room HEC 110
Wye Mills, MD 21679

This seminar seeks to offer training for those ready to expand their already existing Internet marketing plans to the next level.

Seminar topics will include:
• Learn to define business vision and goals, brand voice and how to align them with social media marketing activities,
• Gain insight on the operation and application of major social networking platforms,
• Learn to create a marketing action plans based on desired outcomes and how to integrate social media into the mix.
• Stay out of trouble by learning the legal parameters concerning postings, dealing with negative feedback, posting pictures, and on-line offerings.
• Hear from a panel of successful social media farm marketers.
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (check-in 8:30 a.m.)
COST: $65.00 (Includes lunch and resource packet)

To pay by credit card* go to:
TUES., NOV. 13, 2018—Cockeysville, MD location (Registration deadline - Tues., Nov. 6, 2018)
THURS., NOV. 15, 2018—Wye Mills, MD location (Registration deadline - Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018)
*There is an additional processing fee from Eventbrite to pay by credit card

Mail in registration must be received by:
Cockeysville, MD. location—Tues., Nov. 6, 2018
Wye Mills, MD. location—Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018
Mail your check payable to UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND along with registration form to:

University of Maryland, c/o Susan Barnes
18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, Maryland 21756-1104

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For program information or if you require special assistance to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Myers at (301) 432-2767 x338 or e-mail

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