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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Urban Farmer Field School Series: August

August 13, 2018 - August 15, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: PG County and Baltimore City, See More Information (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Neith Little,

Description: This summer, join University of Maryland Extension on urban farms in Prince George's County and Baltimore City. Each Urban Farmer Field School in the series will cover a different topic, but every Field School will provide you the opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting and set goals for improving the financial viability of your own urban farm.

Light refreshments will be provided at these evening workshops.

Watch this Eventbrite for details of the five 2018 Urban Farmer Field Schools.

Saving money by saving water: drip irrigation
August, Baltimore, MD
August 13, from 5:30 to 8:00pm
The Greener Garden, 5623 McClean Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21214
*This class free thanks to partnership with Farm Alliance of Baltimore's Monday Meet-Ups series.
Potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to pash if you can.
Come learn about the use and trouble-shooting of drip irrigation equipment.

Caring for Your Most Important Tool: Your Mind & Body!
Wednesday, Aug 15, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
EcoCity Farm, 4913 Crittenden Rd, Hyattsville, MD
The business of farming can be tough on your mind and body. It’s more crucial than ever to focus on work-life balance as one of the most important keys to the health of you, your family, and your business. Learn a variety of self-care tips including ergonomics for your hard-working body, strategies to build your immune system, and other stress reduction techniques for your mind and body.

If you have any questions, please contact Neith Little at

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4R Technology Field Day

August 15, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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

Organizer: Delware-Maryland 4R Alliance/University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Danielle Bauer,

Description: The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance and University of Maryland Extension invite growers and agribusiness professionals to join them for their 4R Technology Field Day on August 15, 2018 at the Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, Maryland. The event will be showcasing application of the 4Rs (right source, right rate, right time, and right place) on the Delmarva. Demonstrations will include phosphorus placements, drones and mapping, options for nitrogen management and conservation practices and water quality monitoring. There will also be a panel of local farmers discussing how they have been successful in implementing 4R nutrient management practices in their operations.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the program will be from 9:30 – 2:30. Lunch will be provided as well as Nutrient Management and Certified Crop Advisor credits. We ask that you register so we can get an accurate count. To register please visit: (link is external)

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The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance is a partnership between agribusinesses, farmers, researchers,

conservation organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies that encourages the application of theright fertilizers at the right time, the right rate, and in the right place. This framework of nutrient management was first established by The Fertilizer Institute. The Chesapeake Bay Program has recognized this type of nutrient management as a critical foundation to successfully reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loss on farms.

For more information, contact Danielle Bauer, 443-262-8491,

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2018 Organic Vegetable Field Day

August 15, 2018 | Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center, 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Jerry Brust,

Description: Where: Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center
(2005 Largo Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774)

When: Thursday August 15 from 5-8:30 pm. Dinner at 5:00 and
tour starts at 5:45 pm.

Who: Anyone interested in organic or sustainable vegetable

What: Topics will include:
- Use and value of cover crops in a fertility program
- Weed control and management
- Companion planting for pest management
- Cucumber beetle control
- Others

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UMES Small Farms Bus Tour

August 21, 2018 - August 22, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 11868 College Backbone Road, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)


Contact: 410-651-6070

Description: Join UMES to learn about: Direct marketing, value-added agri-tourism, specialty "niche" crops, sustainable farming practices, woodland opportunities, and more! The bus tour begins at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. (Eastern Shore, MD). Future Harvest is proud to sponsor this event! RSVP by August 17th.

Tour participants will explore successful and innovative farming ventures in New Jersey and Northern Delaware that will help the average farmer increase his or her bottom line and implement sustainable practices. Select tour stops include, but are not limited to, Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Rutgers Agriculture and Research Farm, Sweet Sourlands Farm, and Rowan University Research and Aquaponics Center.

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High Tunnel Field Day

August 28, 2018 | Time: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

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

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: Join Extension Faculty and NRCS to learn more about high tunnel soil fertility, pest management, and the NRCS high tunnel cost share program. This field day will be held from 9:45am to 12:00pm at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Washington County. A light lunch will be provided at the end of the field day.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Christina Maroulis-Castro at or 301-600-3576.

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Cultivate Baltimore 2018 - Session 5: Small Farm Equipment

September 6, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Strength to Love 2, 1855 Kavanaugh Street, Baltimore, MD, 21217 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: Explore what it takes to be successful on an urban farm! This workshop series features proven, essential components for ensuring farm viability.

Workshops are $10 per session. Please contact with questions.

Upcoming sessions:

Session 5: September 6, 5:30-7:30 pm: Small Farm Equipment

University of Maryland Extension Agent Chuck Schuster and Paul Gallione from Johnny's Seeds will demonstrate some small planting equipment inside a high tunnel. There will also be a demonstration of a Farmers Friend LLC Quick Cut Greens Harvester.
Location: Strength to Love 2, 1855 Kavanaugh St, Baltimore, MD 21217

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Advanced Soil Health Workshop

September 12, 2018 | Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: One Acre Farm, 18608 Wasche Road, Dickerson, MD, 20842 (map)


Contact: Caroline Selle,

Description: Join farmer Mike Protas of One Acre Farm and soil health expert Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit for an in-depth discussion of best practices for soil health. This field day is intended for commercial farmers with a basic working knowledge of soil science concepts, including the ability to read soil tests. We will begin with a farm tour at 3:30 p.m. at One Acre’s newly purchased 34-acre site in Dickerson, MD. The tour will be followed by a group discussion, touching on such topics as farmer Mike’s experiences with soils and productivity at this new site versus the farm’s previous site in Boyds, MD, the effectiveness of various cover cropping practices, compost tea applications, and rock powder amendments.

Participants are encouraged to participate - bring your questions! The field day concludes with a potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a dish, dessert, or drink to share. Questions? Contact Caroline Selle at

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2018 Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop

September 13, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Comfort Inn, 4500 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD, 20716 (map)

Organizer: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Contact: Paul Goeringer,

Description: The Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop provides an opportunity to hear from experts on current issues related to the federal crop insurance program and federal farm policy. The plans for this year's Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop are being finalized with expert speakers to discuss insights into current issues impacting risk management issues in the Mid-Atlantic. This event is free to attend. Stay tuned for more details as we finalize speakers.

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Beef Producer's Short Course Series I - Eastern Shore

September 14, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Wye Angus Research Farm, 2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown, MD, 21658 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Racheal Slattery,

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 September 7, 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 September 12, 2018.

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Farm Business Class

September 26, 2018 - October 10, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD, 21703 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: During this 3-week class, we will walk you through the steps of creating a farm business plan, which includes: creating your mission and goals, marketing strategies, enterprise budgeting, and management planning. Light refreshments will be provided.

The speakers are Dale Johnson, Farm Management Extension Specialist, and Kelly Nichols, Frederick County Ag Agent.

All classes will be held at the Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick. Registration is $25 per farm/family. To register, please contact Christina Maroulis-Castro at or 301-600-3576 by Tuesday, September 25.

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