University of Maryland Extension

Annual events and classes

[Updated 5/10/2019]

The UME Urban Agriculture program hosts or helps organize several annual events and classes for urban farmers and food entrepreneurs in Baltimore City. For a calendar of upcoming events of interest to urban farmers, see the Urban Agriculture event calendar here.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook for a heads-up when these classes are scheduled each year. 

Beginning farmer class series:

  • Starting a small, intensive, commercial farm for local markets
    This ten-week series meets weekly from late January through March and is meant to be an introduction at a basic level to a variety of important farming topics, including soil science, marketing, pest management, farm finances, food safety, crop rotation and livestock. Extension educators and specialists from across Maryland will teach intro-level classes and we partner with Future Harvest CASA to bring in experienced farmers to share their practical knowledge. 

  • Cultivate Baltimore
    This multi-week series is tailored to the education and skills needed by urban farmers in Baltimore City. It is a partnership between Real Food Farm, Farm Alliance of BaltimoreFuture Harvest CASA and University of Maryland Extension's Urban Agriculture program.

Urban farmer professional development:

  • Urban Farmers winter meeting. 
    It is a tradition in Extension to partner with local farmers' associations to organize an annual winter farmers' meeting, where farmers can socialize with their peers and brush up their knowledge and skills. In Baltimore we partner with Farm Alliance of Baltimore to offer an annual Urban Farmers regional winter meeting. 

Food entrepreneur training:

  • Food for profit
    Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business. This session of Penn State Extension’s popular course has been specifically adapted to Maryland’s food production regulations, food entrepreneurial resources, and marketing opportunities. We try to offer this session annually in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County. 

 

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