University of Maryland Extension

Urban Ag Field Days Recap

GAPs field day at Whitelock Community Farm
GAPs field day at Whitelock Community Farm
Image Credit: 
Neith Little, University of Maryland Extension

Thanks to all the farmers and educators who came out to our field days in September!

 On Tuesday, Sept 12 we had a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training and on-farm mock audit at Whitelock Community Farm. Thirty-six of you turned out to learn more about on-farm food safety and see what Whitelock Community Farm have done to work towards their GAPs certification. Justine Beaulieu (UMD Dept of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and Deanna Baldwin (Maryland Department of Agriculture) did a great job teaching the classroom session and fielding questions in the morning.

In the afternoon Alison Worman and Isabel Antreasian welcomed us to Whitelock Community Farm to tag along on a mock audit of their food safety practices, with Deanna and Molly Gillingham putting a friendly face on Maryland Department of Agriculture’s audit process. This field day was organized by University of Maryland Extension’s Baltimore City Office and sponsored by Future Harvest CASA and a grant from USDA-NIFA (award #2016-70017-25503).

 

(Photo by Justine Beaulieu, University of Maryland AGNR)

To learn more about food safety best practices and the GAPs voluntary certification process, check out the Maryland Department of Agriculture GAPs website and the Walsh and Beaulieu Lab fruit and vegetable food safety website. If the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is what you want to learn about, check out the UMD Extension food safety website and note that there will be a FSMA training in Charles County Nov 30. If you can’t make that training, don’t worry, there will be more coming up this winter and spring. 

On Saturday, Sept 23 we had a small tractor field day at Pitchfork Urban Farm. Twenty-seven of you spent your Saturday with us learning how to safely operate a walk-behind tractor and its tillage implements. Field day participants got the chance to run the tractor themselves, thanks to Chuck Schuster (University of Maryland Extension) and Walter Johnson (Walter G. Coale, Inc.) spending all day guiding people one-by-one through the controls and safety tips. We also talked about liming to raise pH and nutrient management.

(Photos by Neith Little, University of Maryland Extension)

To learn more about nutrient management, check out UMD Extension’s Agricultural Nutrient Management website.

This field day was organized by University of Maryland Extension’s Baltimore City Office, and sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, MARBIDCO, Future Harvest CASA, and a grant from USDA-NIFA (award #2016-70017-25503).

 

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