University of Maryland Extension

Ag Upcoming Programs

Beginning Farmer 101 Course

Date: Thursday evenings in March (March 7, 14, 21, & 28)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Frederick County Extension: 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Cost: $30, pre-registration is required

This course is for all beginning farmers or those thinking about becoming a farmer. The schedule for the class is listed below. Speakers include University of Maryland Extension educators, and local farmers.

Class 1 (March 7) – Jumping Into Farming: Decision-Making and Resources. Speakers include Ellen Polishuk, Farm Consultant, and representatives from local agriculture organizations including University of Maryland Extension, Future Harvest CASA, Maryland Agriculture & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO), Frederick County Office of Economic Development, and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit.

Ellen is a full time workshop leader and farm consultant. She takes her 35 years of biological vegetable farming experience to help growers around the country to reach their farm dreams. Ellen is a co-author of the newly released book Start Your Farm. She also writes the farmer to farmer profile column for Growing For Market magazine. She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband, where she gardens like crazy.

Class 2 (March 14) – Narrowing Your Focus: Selecting What to Grow/Raise.

Class 3 (March 21) – Soil Ecology and Fertility. Speakers are Ben Friton, Can YA Love & Forested, and Kelly Nichols, Frederick County Extension Ag Agent. Ben Friton is a full time single father,  soil ecologist,  consultant and educator from the Washington DC area. For more than a decade he was a speech professional working with politicians, Heads of State, CEO’s, and philanthropic icons from around the world. In 2010, with the goal of helping to increase educational awareness and hyper-local food resiliency, he co-founded a nonprofit called Can YA Love. Using biomimicry and his patented vertical gardening systems, he works to help people restore degraded lands into thriving, functioning ecosystems that also meet the needs of people. In 2014 he joined ‘Forested,’ a community-scale research food forest, to help develop the most ecologically-sound agro-ecosystem possible… a system that improves soil and water quality, without requiring irrigation nor synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. He is now on the verge of launching his newest project on a 150+ acre farm in Middletown, Maryland, where he will demonstrate transitional agroecology and some examples of how humans can reintegrate with, and improve the ecosystems that we rely upon.

Class 4 (March 28) – Financial Planning. Speakers include Dale Johnson, Farm Management Specialist with University of Maryland Extension.

Social Media Workshop

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 12:30 am – 3:30 pm
Place: Bourne Building, 355 Montevue Ln; Frederick, MD 21702
Cost: FREE, pre-registration is required

How to use social media as a marketing tool
Demonstration of social media sites

Come and hear about how to use social media in marketing your farm from local farmers and professionals working in Frederick County.  This is an informal event, please ask questions and share your experiences!  Bring your laptop for the hands-on portion of the workshop as we look at and talk about live social media web pages.


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Questions? Contact Lisa at or 301-600-3576.

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