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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Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association (MOFFA)

February 23, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

County: Anne Arundel

Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, Ma (map)

Organizer: Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association

Contact: Claudia Raskin,, 301-785-2936

Description: Join farmers, consumers, advocates, and researchers at this public meeting and potluck lunch. MOFFA Vice Chair, Claudia Raskin said:

“We have news you can use! Presentations, panels, and workshops for farmers and gardeners looking for new ideas, techniques, and inspiration, as well as networking opportunities for consumers and distributors looking for good sources of local, organic food.”

Keynote Speaker: CAROLINE TAYLOR
Exec. Director, Montgomery Countryside Alliance
The Future of Farming on Metro’s Edge: Collaborating & Raising Voices Together

Workshops & Panels:
Growing Hemp in Maryland

New Paths & Perspectives: Next Gen Visions

Cover Crops & Compost Crops

Food As Medicine

Gardening With Biochar

Farm Bill Update

Organic Update with Deanna Baldwin, MDA

The Latest Science & Research:

Managing Honey Bees Organically

Preventing Food Borne Illnesses in Organically Farmed Produce

Spotted Lanternfly: Info & Update

Integrated Weed Management (IWM) for Organic Vegetable Producers

Organic Insecticides: What Works and What Doesn't

Status of Agro-tourism in Maryland

Homegrown ‘Eat Local’ Potluck Lunch

Silent Auction

Half Price New Book Sale

Display Tables

Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association (MOFFA) was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization. A pioneer in the organic movement, MOFFA strives to build a sustainable network of individuals and organizations that support small farms, family gardens and ecologically sound businesses.

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Intro to Ag Careers Workshop

February 23, 2019 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: College of Southern Maryland - La Plata, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD, 20646 (map)



Description: Through an established partnership with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and SMADC, the workshop ‘Introduction to Agricultural Careers (HGC-8050)’ will be held at the CSM LaPlata Campus on Saturday February 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 6-hour course will identify and compare different segments of the agricultural field and illustrate industry options, as well as outline educational requirements for relevant industry certification in Engineering, Machinery, Horticulture, Agronomy, Safety, Business, Economics, Law and Agri-tourism.

Costs for the workshop include the tuition fee of $17 and college fees of $55. Scholarships are available from SMADC, awarded on a first come first serve basis to students from Southern Maryland who show proof of enrollment in ‘Introduction to Agricultural Careers (HGC-8050). To review the criteria and scholarship application/request form, visit 'SMADC Programs' and find the 'Scholarships' page at

Workshop registration is open now, and closes February 22 at 5 p.m. For more information on the CSM course schedule, course details and non-credit course registration options (online and by mail), visit For questions, contact SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922, Ex. 1, or email

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Delmarva Farmer Circle

February 23, 2019 | Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Wicomico County Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Rd, Salisbury, MD, 21801 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: This farmers' circle will be conducted in the J.M. Fortier style -- a post-season gathering for farmers to brainstorm solutions to their biggest problem faced during the 2018 season. This session is geared toward intermediate and advanced growers, but newer farmers are welcome if they have at least 2 years of growing experience.

This is a format farmers in the Montreal region have been using for years and have found to be a phenomenal way to informally learn from one another and build their collective knowledge base. Each farmer shares their biggest issue faced in the previous growing season (odds are someone else has also faced this at some point or another) and the brainstorming commences! If the group size is small, we may be able to go around the circle twice. 2018 was a tough year. It'll be great to create these yearly meet-ups for farmers to brainstorm and problem solve together with other farmers in their growing region.

The event is FREE. But please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Contact Niamh Shortt at or by phone at 443-880-1247 for more information.

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H-2A Employer Compliance Webinar

February 26, 2019 | Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Webinar (map)

Organizer: Agriculture Law Education Initiative


Description: H-2A employers are subject to strict and complex recordkeeping requirements related to how they pay both H-2A and non-H-2A workers. Tune into this webinar for a review of the numerous compliance obligations of H-2A employers and learn about some newly created rescources meant to help employers fully comply with the law.

Presenters will include Sarah Everhart, Managing Director of the Agriculture Law Education at the University of Maryland Francis K. Carey School of Law and Merlin Williams, State Rural Services Coordinator, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

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Agri-Tourism For Every Farm

February 28, 2019 | Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: ZigBone Farm Retreat Center, 6612 Harbaugh Road, Sabillasville, MD, 21780 (map)



Description: What does agri-tourism look like for your farm? Join local farmers, Maryland Extension, Fred- erick Economic Development, and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative for a half-day exploration of how local farmers are opening their doors to the public.

Speakers include Marijke Torfs of ZigBone Farm Retreat, Laura Beth Resnick of Butterbee Farm, Jo-Ann Coates-Hunter of Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center, and Sarah Everhart of the Agriculture Law Education Initiative. Questions? Contact

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Advanced Small Fruit Production

March 4, 2019 | Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Organizer: Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission


Description: Following on our successful Ready to Take Root beginner series in 2018, SMADC and University of Maryland Extension are excited to offer an Advanced Small Fruit Production workshop covering blueberries, strawberries. and brambles tailored for experienced growers.

Topics include:

- Site preparation and soil amendments
- Production systems
- General Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Weed and Disease Management
- Variety trial research from Delaware, Wye Research and Education Center, and Southern Maryland

Featured speakers include:

- Ben Beale, Dave Myers, Joe Fiola, Mengjun Hu, and Michael Newell from University of Maryland Extension
- Emmalea Ernest from University of Delaware Extension
- Gary Pavlis from Rutgers University and Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County
- More speakers to be confirmed.

Tentative agenda to be release soon.

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Adding Value, Managing Debt, and Streamlining Production Workshop

March 12, 2019 | Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Anchored Roots Farm, Hollywood, MD, 20636 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: Priscilla Wentworth Leitch, owner and farmer at Anchored Roots Farm, will lead this workshop on utilizing farming systems for both vegetable and flower production. We’ll begin with a presentation on adding value with flower products and managing farm debt, followed by a tour of the farm, and will conclude with a hands-on activity. Dress for walking the fields! Questions? Contact

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Field Crops and Pasture IPM Workshop

March 12, 2019 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Anne Arundel Extension Office, 97 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, MD, 21146 (map)



Description: Make plans to attend the Field Crops & Pasture IPM Workshop, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Anne Arundel Extension Office from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This workshop will explore advanced concepts of pasture and field crop production in the Southern Maryland region from establishment to harvest, including animal utilization.

Topics will include: Crop selection; integrated crop management; soil fertility; weed control; insect control; and disease control for soybeans, corn, wheat, barley and hay crops.

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification & Nutrient Applicator Voucher Recertification will be awarded for full class participation.

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Business & Legal Considerations for Your Farm

March 23, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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



Description: Registration Includes:
Educational Materials
Acess to Onsite Lenders

Event Goal
The primary goal of the event is to equip farmers with the understanding of business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation while at the same time complying with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the state's food system and environment.

Learn about:
Financial Lending Contracts
Employment and Labor Laws
Farm Taxes
Reducing Farm Liability Risks
and more

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Utilizing Annuals to Finish High-Quality Meats

April 6, 2019 | Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture


Description: Join Michael Heller, Farm Manager at Clagett Farm, Jeff Semler of Maryland Extension, and Brian Campell of NRCS for a hands-on look at how to incorporate annuals into pasture for high quality meats. This event will include an evaluation of the use of winter, fall, and summer annuals in one of Clagett's annual pasture fields, followed by a walk-through pasture scoring demonstration. We'll finish with a light lunch of grass-fed burgers and ice cream from Prigel's Creamery (included in the ticket price). Plus, hear an update on the Southern Maryland Meats program from SMADC's Craig Sewell, and an introduction to Future Harvest CASA's new Go Grassfed campaign.

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