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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2019 Starting a Small, Intensive Farm for Commercial Markets

January 22, 2019 - April 2, 2019 | Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 East Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21212 (map)



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.

What: A 10-part training for beginning farmers
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, starting January 22, 2019
Where: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
430 E Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21212
Cost: $10 per session or $60 for the entire series.
Registration currently available for the entire series.
Registration for single classes will be available soon.

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Annie's Project - Southern MD

January 23, 2019 - April 3, 2019 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772 (map)


Contact: Kim Rush Lynch,

Description: Annie’s project is designed to empower women in agriculture, provide information in farm management and build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.

Key Principles:

*Teach all five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing, & production.
*Invite local professionals to serve as guest instructors where possible.
*Allocate half of class time to discussion and hands-on activities.
*Provide un-biased, researched based information.
*Create a learning environment where mentoring is spontaneous.

Core Values:

*Safe Harbor - all questions or situations are welcomed for sharing and open discussion.
*Connection - to each other and to professionals introduced to them in class.
*Discovery - the moment when something makes sense where before it did not.
*Guided Intelligence - at any one time there is a woman in the audience who knows more about the subject being presented than the instructor and is willing to share her experience.

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 farmwomen 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.

Southern Maryland
6 Sessions, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
January 23, 2019 – April 3, 2019 (every other Wednesday)

April 10 (snow day)

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District

5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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Developing Marketing Plans and Strategies

February 16, 2019 - April 27, 2019 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772 (map)



Description: Three part workshop series going into the nitty-gritty of business planning and marketing! Covering the 5 P's of Marketing: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, and People.

Workshops will be held on:
February 16th
March 16th
April 27th

From 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the PG Soil Conservation District in Upper Marlboro.

For more information, please see the link above. Or contact Patricia King at or 410-651-6070.

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MDFMA Farmer/Manager Meet Up

February 18, 2019 | Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Organizer: Maryland Farmers Market Association


Description: We hear it all the time: a farmer wants to add another market for the season but doesn't know where to begin to look or a market manager needs a few more farmers to round out their product line up. If this describes you, please come to our MDFMA meet up at our office in Millersville, MD on President's Day (no traffic!). The event is open to regional farmers and to managers of Maryland farmers markets. Please use the ticket link below to RSVP.

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Marketing Beyond the Brochure

February 19, 2019 | Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD, 21702 (map)



Description: This class is for farmers who have been farming for at least a few years. (This is not a beginning marketing class.) Bring your own lunch and learn about how to take your marketing to the next level. Tips on branding, developing a marketing budget, engaging potential customers, and diversified marketing strategies including social media will be offered.

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Food Safety Training for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance

February 20, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD, 21702 (map)



Description: Who Should Attend?

Those growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, who need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, who need to satisfy buyer requirements, and/or who need to maintain a food safety certification.

What Will You Get from Attending?

A better understanding of produce food safety
- Insight into the Produce Safety Rule requirements and the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s role
- Training certificate required by FDA to comply with the Produce Safety Rule
- Resources to help comply with the Produce Safety Rule

How much does it cost?
$25 covers Produce Safety Alliance training materials, food, and FSMA compliant training certificate

Where will it be held?
Frederick County Extension
330 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702

Deanna Baldwin

Sarah Everhart

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Regional Grazing Conference

February 21, 2019 | Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD, 21713 (map)

Organizer: Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance


Description: The Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance is pleased to present Jim Gerrish.

Jim’s experience includes over 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on their family farm in northern Missouri. The University of Missouri - Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.

Please see Eventbrite for more information and tentative agenda.

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Arundel Ag Connect: Connecting Farmers to Service Providers

February 21, 2019 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Road, Harwood, MD, 20776 (map)

Organizer: Arundel Ag


Description: Join Arundel Ag for this FREE, informal networking event featuring your agriculture service providers. Learn about programs and opportunities such as farm equipment rental, land preservation, financing, farmers markets assistance and more! Displays from various County and State departments will be available throughout the evening.

Confirmed exhibitors include:
Arundel Ag
Anne Arundel Agriculture & Woodland Preservation
Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau
Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District
Maryland Agriculture & Resource Based-Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)
Maryland Farmers Market Association
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Southern High FFA
University of Maryland Extension

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Maryland Dairy Convention

February 22, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Location: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD, 21703 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Dairy Industry Association


Description: Theme of event hosted by the MD Dairy Industry Association is "Opportunities for Staying Viable in the 21st Century." Features Peter Vitaliano of National Milk Producers Association discussing dairy markets and Albert DeVries of the University of Florida speaking on practices for profitability, as well as breakout sessions, trade show, afternoon telling your story workshop and MD Dairy Shrine and MD Holstein Association banquet and awards. For more information, call 301-349-0750, e-mail, visit or go to and search for MD Dairy Convention.

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2019 Bay Area Fruit School

February 22, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

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



Description: The University of Maryland Extension and College of Agriculture & Natural Resources will host an all-day workshop discussing recent research in fruit tree planting and management on Friday, February 22nd at the Wye Research and Education center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive in Queenstown.

Presentations will focus on:

Why Herbicides Fail
Soil-borne Diseases in Fruit Orchards
Drivers of Honey Bee Losses
Late Season Fruit Rot Control in Grapes
Tree Fruit Disease Management in a Very Wet Year
Performance of Late-planted Day-neutral Strawberries in Low-tunnels
Basics of Strawberry Disease Management
and more...
- Maryland Private Pesticide Applicator credits approved for 8 credits in CAT 1A and 10
- Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) credits 3.5 pest management and 1 crop management

2019 Commercial Orchard Spray Guide will be available for purchase (20 books available)

REGISTRATION - Deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 cost is $25.00* (includes lunch and morning snacks).

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