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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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.

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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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Mid-Atlantic Care Farming Summit

October 16, 2018 | Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Red Wiggler Farm, 23400 Ridge Road, Germantown, MD, 20876 (map)


Contact: Caroline Selle,

Description: Join FHCASA and Red Wiggler Community Farm for the first ever Mid-Atlantic Care Farming Summit. Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices for health, social, or educational purposes for vulnerable groups of people. This full day summit will focus on care farming for the benefit of individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Join us in sharing experiences, talking through challenges, and brainstorming ways to improve the field. You'll leave this event with new connections and a support network for the future. Contact Caroline Selle at with any questions.

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