University of Maryland Extension

Organic Orchard and Value-Added Farm Products

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When: 
Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: 
Country Pleasures Farm
Address: 
6219 Harley Road
Middletown, MD 21769
United States
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Description/Notes: 

Country Pleasures Farm’s organic farmers Eric and Lori Rice will take attendees on a tour of their fields, hoophouses and orchard, the oldest certified organic orchard in Maryland. They will also talk about the development of farm kitchen processing rules in Maryland, differences in farm processing and commercial kitchen processing, and organic certification as both a stewardship commitment and a value-added strategy. Guest speaker Juli Obudzinski of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will talk about available funding programs that can help with value-added production, including Value Added Producer Grants, the FSA microloan program, and SARE and other research funding. A light meal featuring grassfed beef from Country Pleasures and other local farm products will be included.

Cost: 
Future Harvest Members - $20.00; non-members - $30.00
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