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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Chesapeake Permafest's Seedcamp: Sharing The Vision

April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 am

Location: Honey's Harvest Farm, 5801 Brooks Woods Road, Lothian, MD, 20711 (map)



Description: Come join us as we take the permaculture movement in the Chesapeake Bay Region to the next level. We are calling on the people who's hearts are on fire for a new way of living, and who's minds are eager to clear the path forward. We are putting together a gathering that is 100% by the people and for the people.

This will be a family friendly event and children are welcomed and celebrated. bring your knowledge, talent, skills, curiosity, and friends/family to join us in creating a space where our hopes and dreams for a brighter future become ways and means to make our visions into realities.

If you would like to play music/perform, teach, or help with organizing/setup and breakdown, please contact us by email at:

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Fee: Free!

Black Swamp's Plant Sale & Swap

April 28, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

County: Prince George's and Southern Md.

Location: Restored Tobacco Barn, 19070 Poplar Ridge Rd., Brandywine, MD, 20613 (map)

Organizer: Black Swamp Creek Land Trust

Contact: Joanne Flynn,, 301 502 3261

Description: Black Swamp’s 9th Annual

Plant Sale & Swap

Grow It Fest!

Bring labeled plants to swap for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs, seeds, farm and garden stuff.

SATURDAY, April 28th, 2018

9:00am-1:00pm Rain or Shine

(Plant Swapping begins at 10:00am)

Where: The restored Tobacco Barn at 19070 Poplar Ridge Rd. in

Brandywine, MD. Located 2/10th miles north of the intersection of Croom and Brandywine Roads (Routes 381 & 382)

FREE refreshments! LIVE Music!

Support local grown—compost sale, plant sale, farm displays, gardening demonstrations, land preservation information and more fun!

For more information call 301-502-3261

Sponsored by: The Black Swamp Creek Land Trust, Inc.

& The Greater Baden Aquasco Citizens Association

& University of Maryland Extension, Prince George’s County

The University of Maryland Extension is an equal opportunity employer

and equal access programs.

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Wholesale Readiness Workshop

April 30, 2018 | Time: 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Other Side Produce & Parkside High School, 9654 Brickyard Drive, Seaford, DE, 19973 (map)

Organizer: Chesapeake Harvest

Contact: Elizabeth Beggins,, 410-690-7348

Description: New date due to 3/20 snow cancellation | Same great line-up of activities
Join us for an action-packed afternoon of learning!

Beginning at 3:00 PM, farmers in all phases of business development are invited to start the experience with a one-hour tour of the facilities at Other Side Produce located at 9654 Brickyard Drive, Seaford, Delaware, 19973.

Following the Other Side tour, workshop attendees will travel (transportation not provided) to Parkside High School in Salisbury, MD where, beginning at 4:30 PM, you will further explore the unique standards for produce harvesting and post-harvest handling when selling into wholesale markets.


Dallas Lister with Other Side Produce
Ashley & Johnny Harrison, Terrapin Farms
Lindsay Gilmour, Cheseapeake Harvest Food Safety Educator
Jerry Kelly & Parkside High School CTE Students
Meet new friends and get the resources you need to take your farm to the next level!

Light supper included with FREE registration.

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Equine Nutrition Seminar

May 1, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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


Contact:,, 410-887-8090

Description: Mark your calendar for the 2018 Equine Seminar focusing on equine nutrition. Dinner will be served starting at 5:30, with the program beginning at 6pm. Topics include: Maximizing your horses nutrition for optimal health Gastric ulcers Hay and forages Class will also be followed up with a pasture walk scheduled for May 15 starting at 6pm.

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Fee: Free

MDFMA Market Tech Meetup

May 3, 2018 | Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Maryland Farmers Market Association, 741 Generals Highway Suite 103, Millersville, MD, 21108 (map)



Description: Calling all farmers and farmers market managers looking to simplify farmers market sales and management!

Join us to learn all about some exciting applications and software available to make your farmers market days more efficient. For the tech-challenged, this will be a safe space where you can ask all the questions and get all the help you need. We'll have several developers here giving you on-site demos. In many instances, reduced cost and/or free pilot programs may be available.

Learn about: Farmer's Register, MarketLink, What's Good, Farm Spread, and PayPal Here.

Join us and take advantage of this amazing opportunity - we'd love to see all of you!

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Fee: Free

Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program Info Session

May 3, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Talbot County Free Library, 100 West Dover Street, Easton, MD, 21601 (map)



Description: Know someone who wants to be a farmer – or wants to purchase land – but the cost is too prohibitive? On May 3rd, join Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) and the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) for a Regional Information Session on the Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program and Beyond.

This free event is open to the public. It will include an overview of this new exciting “Next Gen” program as well as other programs that could help folks secure farmland and build their agricultural businesses. Come hear how area organizations could help the next generation make their dream farm a reality. Quesitons? Please email Josh Hastings at

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2018 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD, 21794 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Sheep Breeders Association


Description: The 2018 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held on May 5th and 6th, 2018. One of the largest festivals of its kind, celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven. Complete details about the Festival can be found at our website,

Admission to the Festival will be $5.00 per day for adults 18 and over; anyone under 18 will be admitted free. Buy your advance tickets. Please note there is a processing fee for all online sales. You can also pay at the gate by cash or check.

Also use the registration site to register for Family Activities, Fiber Arts Workshops, and Shepherd Workshops. This includes pre-festival workshops that will be held on May 2 - May 4. Registration will begin on Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 pm EST. Only a limited number of spaces is available in each workshop. Registration will remain open until the night before a class is scheduled, or the class is filled, whichever comes first. Once a workshop sells out, email if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. Be sure to include the workshop name and number in your email.

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Fee: $55

Funding Your Small Farm Workshop

May 6, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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



Description: This class is designed to help you create a strong financial understanding of how to start a small farm on a tight budget.

Topics will include:

Managing money in the first few years
Prioritizing what to get with a small budget
Projecting your sales a year out
Grants and other fundraising opportunities for small farmers
The basic farm office

I will also share how I track cash flow and tricks I use to make sure the farm is never in the red. Participants will go home with templates for our spreadsheets and budgets. 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.

Registration is limited to 10 participants so that we can all share freely. Please note that we do not offer refunds for cancellations, except in the case of family emergency.

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Collaborative Marketing: Farm-to-Farm & Farm-to-Chef

May 10, 2018 | Time: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Blades Orchard, 4822 Preston Road, Federalsburg, MD, 21632 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA


Description: Attend these two networking events to connect with other Delmarva farmers, discuss cooperative sales strategies, and learn to sell to chefs! Join us at Blades Orchard, 4822 Preston Rd., Federalsburg, MD 21632.

Organized in partnership with the Delmarva Farmer’s Union (DFU) and sponsored by the Historic Lewes Farmers Market and Blades Orchards. Featured speakers include Bill Clifton of Henlopen City Oyster House and Peggy Fogarty of Keystone Development Center.

Agenda Overview:

Part 1: FREE and open to the public

12:00: DFU and Future Harvest CASA membership report (free and open to the public).

Part 2: Registration required

12:30: Starting a Farmers’ Cooperative: Learn strategies from Keystone Development Center specialist Peggy Fogarty and network with interested Delmarva farmers.

1:15: Potluck lunch, local cheese and hard cider provided by Blades Orchards!

2:00: Selling to Farm-to-Table Restaurants: Tips from Bill Clifton of Henlopen City Oyster House and farmer Lisa Garfield.

Questions? Please contact Niamh Shortt at

Link to this event at:

Fee: Free

Beginning Farmers Seminar

May 10, 2018 | Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Calvert Grange Hall, 2357 Telegraph Rd, Rising Sun, MD, 21911 (map)



Description: Looking to break into the agriculture business? Let us help you prepare for a successful future! Join us for a FREE seminar to learn about the tools and resources available to you as you begin your new career path.

This workshop will cover everything from business planning and the financial options available to you, to how to find the right piece of land to help you get started.

May 10, 2018 | Calvert Grange Hall

2357 Telegraph Rd, Rising Sun, MD 21911

Dinner: 5pm

Program: 5:30 – 8pm

Representatives from MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Farm Service Agency, and MARBIDCO will be on-hand to answer all of your questions.

Sign up for this seminar by Friday, May 4.

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