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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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Fee: suggested donation $10

Caring for the Land: A Landowners and Educators Workshop

May 15, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

County: Harford

Location: Maryland Ag Ed Foundation at Swan Harbor Farm, 403 Oakington Road, Havre de Grace, Ma, 21078 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation

Contact: Peggy Eppig, peppig@maefonline.com, 410-939-9030

Description: How do we plan for the long-term care of our land? What resources are available to us that can help ensure land protection and health for future generations? What is the story of the land and its relationship to family, school, or community - and how do we share it with others? Join us at Swan Harbor Farm on Tuesday May 15, 10am - 2:30 pm for an informative gathering based around the principles of the land ethic and planning for sustainable, long-term landscape stewardship. All participants receive a copy of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and take-home materials provided by resource partners in land preservation. Please email peppig@maefonline.com to reserve your place - space is limited! A suggested donation of $15 will help cover lunch. Registration deadline is May 8.

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1882

Fee: $10

Cultivate Baltimore 2018 - Session 2: Soil Health & Weed Management

May 15, 2018 | Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Boone Street Farm, 2100 Boone Street, Baltimore, MD, 21218 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA

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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 or $60 for the whole series.

Session 2: May 15, 4-7 pm: Soil Health & Weed Management

Come to this hands-on, on-farm workshop to learn how to assess and improve your farm’s soil and hear tips about how to reduce weed pressure with speaker Dr. Andrew Ristvey, UMD Extension. Bring two cups of your soil or growth medium for a free pH and salinity test.
Location: Boone Street Farm, 2100 Boone Street, Baltimore MD, 21218. www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivate-baltimore-2018-tickets-43898291973

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1874

Fee: Free

Pasture Walk

May 15, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Baltimore County Extension Office, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD, 21030 (map)

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Contact: etaylor3@umd.edu, etaylor3@umd.edu, 410-887-8090

Description: Join us for a hands-on walking educational program through University of Maryland's Rotational Grazing Site located on the Baltimore County Agricultural Center and Farm Park. Participants will get a chance to speak with and ask questions with University of Maryland Extension and Soil Conservation District experts in pasture management, nutrient management, and best management practices. This spring pasture walk will focus on: weed and pasture plant ID, fertility, and pasture management. extension.umd.edu/events/tue-2018-05-15-1800-pasture-walk

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1880

Small Ruminant Health Workshop

May 19, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Crooked Fence Farm, 2050 Geist Road, Reisterstown, MD, 21136 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA

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Description: Gain hands-on experience and knowledge about caring for small ruminants on your farm with experienced livestock farmers at Crooked Fence Farm! Located in Reisterstown, MD., Crooked Fence Farm is a diversified farm operation growing “field-to-belly” food. Farmers Sarah and Billy McCarthy raise vegetables, flowers, pork, and sheep, and sell their products through a CSA and at farmers markets in the region. Join Crooked Fence Farm for an intensive introduction to small ruminant healthcare. Learn about basic ruminant biology, general flock upkeep, veterinary options, and get hands-on experience trimming the sheep flock’s hooves. A potluck will follow presentations and activities.

Agenda:

9am: Introductions
9:30am: Presentations
11:00am: Hoof trimming
12:00pm: Potluck Lunch

Questions? Contact Caroline Selle at caroline@futureharvestcasa.org www.eventbrite.com/e/small-ruminant-health-at-crooked-fence-farm-tickets-44713322752

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1877

Fee: $35

One-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshop - Western Maryland

May 19, 2018 | Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Stone Wall Angus, 17719 Spielman Road, Fairplay, MD, 21733 (map)

Organizer:

Contact: Racheal Slattery, rslatt@umd.edu, 301-405-1392

Description: University of Maryland Extension Beef Group will be hosting two separate 1-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshops either in Western Maryland and Southern Maryland. The cost will be $35.00, which will include all educational materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be completed either with a credit card online (http://marylandbqa.Eventbrite.com) or via check – contact Racheal Slattery (rslatt@umd.edu or 301-405-1392).

Producers who wish to become certified will be required to participate in a 1-Day workshop that illustrates the guidelines of BQA, followed by a hands-on chute-side training. At the completion of both components, they will be required to take a short exam. Once a producer has completed both levels of training and have passed the exam they will be certified (certification is valid for three years).

Please pass this information along to any producers who may be interested in attending. I have also attached the informational flyer.

Registration online: http://marylandbqa.Eventbrite.com

Western Maryland May 19, 2018 9:30am-3pm Stone Wall Angus
17719 Spielman Rd
Fairplay, MD 21733

Southern Maryland May 26, 2018 9:30am-3pm Harmony Farms
26060 Yowaiski Mill Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Agenda
9:30am -10:00am Registration - Welcome
10:00am -12:00pm Classroom Style BQA Basics, EXAM
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch 12:30pm – 2:30pm Chute-side Learning/Hands-on Training
2:30pm – 3:00pm Wrap-up and Questions
www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-beef-quality-assurance-producer-certification-tickets-45114916931

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1884

Fee: Free

What Can Pork Checkoff Do for You? Info Session

May 21, 2018 | Time: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Organizer: Maryland Pork Producers Association

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Description: Join Maryland Pork Producers Association and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) on May 21st in Hughesville to learn more about how Pork Checkoff can benefit small operations, marketing opportunities, and current issues in the pork industry.

Featured speakers include representatives from the National Pork Board, Southern Maryland Meats, and Maryland Department of Agriculture. Be sure to register early, space is limited.

www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-pork-checkoff-do-for-you-tickets-45197448786?aff=ehomecard

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1889

Fee: $35

One-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshop - Southern Maryland

May 26, 2018 | Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Harmony Farms, 26060 Yowaiski Mill Road, Mechanicsville, MD, 20659 (map)

Organizer:

Contact: Racheal Slattery, rslatt@umd.edu, 301-405-1392

Description: University of Maryland Extension Beef Group will be hosting two separate 1-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshops either in Western Maryland and Southern Maryland. The cost will be $35.00, which will include all educational materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be completed either with a credit card online (http://marylandbqa.Eventbrite.com) or via check – contact Racheal Slattery (rslatt@umd.edu or 301-405-1392).

Producers who wish to become certified will be required to participate in a 1-Day workshop that illustrates the guidelines of BQA, followed by a hands-on chute-side training. At the completion of both components, they will be required to take a short exam. Once a producer has completed both levels of training and have passed the exam they will be certified (certification is valid for three years).

Please pass this information along to any producers who may be interested in attending. I have also attached the informational flyer.

Registration online: http://marylandbqa.Eventbrite.com

Western Maryland May 19, 2018 9:30am-3pm Stone Wall Angus
17719 Spielman Rd
Fairplay, MD 21733

Southern Maryland May 26, 2018 9:30am-3pm Harmony Farms
26060 Yowaiski Mill Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Agenda
9:30am -10:00am Registration - Welcome
10:00am -12:00pm Classroom Style BQA Basics, EXAM
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch 12:30pm – 2:30pm Chute-side Learning/Hands-on Training
2:30pm – 3:00pm Wrap-up and Questions www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-beef-quality-assurance-producer-certification-tickets-45114916931

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1885

Fee: $55

Crop Planning for your Small Farm Workshop

May 27, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Location: Butterbee Farm, 500 Tristam Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21208 (map)

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Description: This class is designed to detail how spreadsheets can be used for easy crop planning and for projecting sales.

Topics will include:

Prioritizing what to grow
Using spreadsheets for crop planning
Projecting sales
Staying organized by putting your farm on paper

Participants will go home with templates for our spreadsheets. This class is for new or aspiring farmers on less than two acres. Principles will apply to any kind of farming. Because the information shared at this class is fairly personal, we ask that you please keep what you've learned within your immediate family.

Minimum 10 participants for the class to be held. Please note that we do not offer refunds for cancellations, except in the case of family emergency or if the class minimum is not reached. www.butterbeefarm.com/cropplanning

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1887

Fee: $125

Fundamentals of Nutrient Management Workshop

May 29, 2018 - May 30, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD, 21401 (map)

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Description: COURSE DESCRIPTION
This training course provides participants with a basic
overview of knowledge areas covered by the Maryland
Nutrient Management Certification Examination. Topics
include state nutrient management regulations, nutrient
management principles, basic soil science, and soil fertility
recommendations. Instructors are university and government
experts.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Anyone planning to take the Maryland Nutrient Management
Certification Examination, consultants and farmers interested
in refreshing their nutrient management knowledge, and
natural resource personnel. The Certification Examination
will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018. Study materials for
the exam will be distributed at the training session. If you will
not attend the training session, check the box below to request
exam information and application materials. The exam fee of
$50 will be payable at a later date.

DATE & LOCATION
Tuesday May 29 & Wednesday May 30, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (check-in opens at 8:30 a.m.)
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Lower Level conference rooms
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

COST
$125.00 check or money order, payable in advance. This nonrefundable
fee covers learning materials and lunch.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call 410-841-5959. mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/counties/Fundamentals_Training.pdf

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1870

Perennial Pasture Tour

May 31, 2018 | Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: St. Brigid's Farm, 12246 Locust Grove Road, Kennedyville, MD, 21645 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA

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Description: How are permanent pastures created? Tour St. Brigid’s Farm with experienced dairy and beef farmer, Judy Gifford, and learn her methods.

Judy Gifford and Bob Fry are the owners of St. Brigid’s Farm located in Kennedyville, MD. Their 62-acre farm, planted in permanent pasture of perennial ryegrass and clover, features 200 animals consisting of milking cows, replacement heifers, steers and veal calves. Judy and Bob began milking their cows with a robot this spring, allowing their cows to choose when they are ready to be milked. St. Brigid’s Farm is the second in Maryland to install a voluntary milking system! Attend this farm tour to learn about perennial pasture management and hear Judy Gifford talk about caring for her herd of cows and how she markets and sells her products.

St. Brigid’s Farm, 12246 Locust Grove Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645

Questions? Please contact Delmarva Field Program Manager Niamh Shortt at niamh@futureharvestcasa.org or 443-880-1247 www.eventbrite.com/e/perennial-pasture-tour-at-st-brigids-farm-tickets-44813681929

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1878