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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: $60

2018 Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets

January 24, 2018 - March 28, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: University of Maryland Extension, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD, 21030 (map)

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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.

The topics featured in this workshop series have proven to be essential components for ensuring farm profitability. This program is a collaborative effort between University of Maryland Extension and Future Harvest CASA’s new Chesapeake Foodshed Field School and Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP). Additional partners include Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, and several agricultural professionals and successful farmers in the region, including graduates of the BFTP.

What: a 10-part training for beginning farmers
When: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, starting January 24, 2018
Where: the Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Cost: $10 per session or $60 for the whole series. Those who register for the entire course will have access to a course website with supplemental lessons. You are able to register for the entire series or single sessions. www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-starting-a-small-intensive-commercial-farm-for-local-markets-tickets-39954800885?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1820

Fee: $60

Workshop Series: Starting a Small Farm (Delmarva)

January 24, 2018 - March 28, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Chesapeake College, 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD, 21679 (map)

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Description: In this 10-part workshop series for beginning farmers, we will 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 vegetable and fruit production. The below topics are proven, essential components for ensuring farm profitability.

Please note, pre-registration is required. You must register at least 1-week before any session you would like to attend. If there are not enough participants registered 1-week prior to a session, the in-person session may be canceled and a remote webcast viewing option will be offered instead.

The series will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in the Health Professions and Athletics Center, Room 139, Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir Wye Mills, MD 21679. Starting January 24, 2018 and ending on March 28, 2018.

$10 per session or $60 for the whole series. Those who register for the entire course will have access to a course website with supplemental lessons. More farmer, extension, and specialist speakers will be announced on this page as they are confirmed.

Questions? Contact Future Harvest CASA Delmarva Program Manager, Niamh Shortt, at niamh@futureharvestcasa.org, 443-880-1247. www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-series-starting-a-small-farm-delmarva-tickets-41344036125?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1822

Fee: $60

DC Starting a Small Farm Workshop Series

January 24, 2018 - March 28, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: University of the District of Columbia (Van Ness Campus), 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, DC, 20008 (map)

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Description: The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program. In a 10-part workshop series, we will explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm.

This series will be broadcasted by Future Harvest CASA and UME via a live web stream, with introductions from local farmers and regional experts. Each session will provide a chance for participants to connect with and learn from each other. The series provides a solid introduction to small farm fundamentals: marketing, financial planning, pest management, managing small farm equipment, and more. www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-starting-a-small-farm-workshop-series-tickets-42022053092?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1829

Fee: $25

2018 Bay Area Fruit School

February 20, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

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Description: The 2018 Bay Area Fruit School at the Wye Research and Education Center will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018. University of Maryland, MDA, and USDA experts will discuss many topics, including:

High density apple training and Fireblight
Management of Fungal Diseases on Apples
Management of Peach Bacterial Spot
Herbicides for Fruit plantings
Strategies for successful fruit production in a changing climate
UMES Tree Fruit Project
Small fruit insect control updates
and more...
Pesticide applicator credits and CCA credits available.

Pre-registration is required. www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-bay-area-fruit-school-tickets-41318057422?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1832

Agritourism Food Safety and Recall Readiness Webinar

February 20, 2018 | Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Description: Running a farm with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), on-farm market and/or agritourism component has individualized food safety risks that need to be understood and addressed. This webinar series will provide information for identifying and addressing risks associated with each type of operation and give simple ideas for how risks can be prevented. In addition, on-farm recall planning and the role of regulatory agencies in a food safety emergency will be explained. Sarah Everhart, Senior Legal Specialist and Research Associate, Agriculture Law Education Initiative will be the presenter. February 20, 2018 12-1:30 p.m. Agritourism Food Safety and Recall Readiness Webinar www.eventbrite.com/e/food-safety-and-recall-readiness-webinar-series-tickets-41497558314

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1849

Fee: $75

Annie's Project - MidShore Maryland

February 21, 2018 - March 28, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

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

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Description: MidShore Maryland
6 sessions, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 21, 2018 - March 28, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center
512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD
Contact: sdill@umd.edu

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 farm women 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.

The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75. There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees. The class is open to all. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1810

Fee: $15

Business & Legal Considerations for Your Farm Workshop

February 24, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Richard A. Henson Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Boulevar, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

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Description: In the morning plenary session, attendees will learn about the protections that different business structures can provide farming businesses, the liability risks that accompany farming and strategies for managing those risks.

A robust offering of mid-morning breakout sessions will follow the morning plenary with topics that include, but are not limited to, lending or financing, labor and employment issues, taxes and farm liability. Agricultural lenders and representatives from Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, MARBIDCO, the Small Business Development Center and the Farm Service Agency will be on hand to participate. In addition, a certified public accountant will be available to address tax-related matters.

The primary goal of the event is to equip farmers with the understanding of business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation while complying with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the state's food system and environment.

The Business & Legal Considerations for Your Farm Workshop is sponsored by the IFARMS Project and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative. Registration costs $15 per person and includes access to all breakout sessions, educational materials and lunch. To register, visit business&legal2018.eventbrite.com.

For more information visit www.umessmallfarm.com or contact Berran Rogers (blrogers@umes.edu) at 410-651-6070/7729 or Nicole Cook (nlcook@umes.edu) at 410-651-6182. www.eventbrite.com/e/business-legal-considerations-for-your-farm-workshop-registration-42548324183?aff=efbeventtix

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1846

Fee: Free

Dig It! An Introduction to Farming in Southern Maryland

February 26, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: SMECO Auditorium, 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD, 20637 (map)

Organizer: SMADC

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Description: Are you completely new to farming, thinking about getting your hands in the soil, or wondering what kind of animals to raise?


The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is hosting a free evening workshop for those who are interested in becoming a farmer and setting up a new farming enterprise in Southern Maryland.



5:30-5:45 - Registration + Welcome

5:45-6:00 - Introduction to Southern Maryland

6:00-6:40 - So You Want to Be a Farmer: Assessing Your Needs (Land, Water, Market)

6:40-7:10 - Farmer Panel: Lessons Learned

7:10-7:40 - Must-Have Resources: Your Essential Toolkit

7:40-8 - Networking



This workshop is designed to give participants an inventory of the tools and must-have resources to begin their farming journey from the ground up, knowing what you can do, how to get started, and who to ask for help. Hear from beginning farmers who have recently started their farm operations and get to know your agricultural agencies one on one.


This workshop will be held at the SMECO Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Road Hughesville, MD 20637 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. If you have any further questions, please contact SMADC Staff at info@smadc.com or call 301-274-1922 ext. 1. www.eventbrite.com/e/dig-it-an-introduction-to-farming-in-southern-maryland-tickets-42879368345

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1851

Fee: $45

Wheels Up - A Maturing Farming Business Management Assessment Program

February 27, 2018 - March 20, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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

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Description: The "Wheels Up" program is for farmers with 3 or more years of business experience. As their businesses have grown and matured, critical issues have surfaced that were never anticipated in the original start-up plans. They now know what their businesses strengths and weaknesses are, but not how to correct or improve their situation. Very often the timing of these growth decisions comes simultaneously with increasing demands of family, community, and/or off-farm employment.

The program will consist of 4 class sessions plus "one-on-one" consultation support by appointment at the conclusion of the training. Class components: revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business, addressing production and human resource challenges, understanding what a financial statement can tell you, and developing diversified marketing strategies.

The 4 class sessions will meet at the Baltimore City office of University of Maryland Extension, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21215 on Tuesday evenings in February and March from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 27 - revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business

Tuesday, March 6 - addressing production and human resource challenges

Tuesday, March 13 - developing diversified marketing strategies

Tuesday, March 20 - understanding what a financial statement can tell you

The tuition cost is $45 per person which includes all materials. www.eventbrite.com/e/wheels-upa-maturing-farming-business-management-assessment-program-tickets-42428078525

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1835

Beginners' Hops Clinic

February 28, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Brookeville Beer Farm, 20315 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville, MD, 20833 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

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Description: Learn to grow one of the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest specialty crops: hops! Join Future Harvest CASA and Brookeville Beer Farm for an introductory growers’ clinic. Are you an aspiring hops grower? Learn how to select a hopyard site, predict your labor needs, and navigate common fungal disease and pest pitfalls during this introductory clinic. Grower presentations and a brief tour of Brookeville Beer Farm’s (BBF) hopyard from 12-2 pm precede a pizza and beer tasting at 2 pm. Must be 21 to participate in the beer tasting. Agenda overview for February 28th, 2018: 11:30 am: Sign in and registration 12:00 pm: Introductions 12:15 - 2:00 pm: Hops growing presentations and a brief tour of BBF's hopyard 2:00 pm: BBF pizza and beer tasting (Must be 21 to participate in the beer tasting). 3:00 pm: Clinic ends, BBF Co-owner Phil Muth hosts grower pre-sale networking Questions? Please contact Caroline Selle at caroline@futureharvestcasa.org www.eventbrite.com/e/beginners-hops-clinic-tickets-42645868942

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1845