University of Maryland Extension

Feeding your crops right on an urban farm

UMD Extension Urban Agriculture
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
UMD Extension, Baltimore City Office
UMD Extension, Baltimore City Office
6615 Reisterstown Road
Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21215
United States
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Dr. Andrew Ristvey, Chuck Schuster, Neith Little

Been farming for a few years, and feel ready to step up your soil fertility game?

Need to get certified to write your own nutrient management plan, but feel intimidated by the math and chemistry involved?

Bringing in imported soil or compost, and struggling with what substrates to mix and how to manage the fertility?

Come to this training designed with urban farmers in mind, to get up to speed and get the answers to your burning questions.

Registration is free to attend and learn, $10 for Nutrient Management or Certified Crop Adviser Continuing Education Credits. This event is paid for in part by by a grant from the University of Maryland, Integrated Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Research Program.  


  • 9:00 Refreshments and introduction
  • 9:30 Fearless farm math: How to go from the recommendation to spreading fertilizer or compost
    • Taught by Chuck Schuster and Neith Little
    • Fear not! You don’t need to memorize formulas. This session will walk you through how to interpret the recommendations you get from your soil test results, or from your nutrient management plan.
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 Soils and substrates
    • Taught by Andrew Ristvey
    • How do I decide what mix of substrates to use to fill my raised beds or make plugs for my hydroponic flats?
    • How do different substrates affect my salinity, compaction, water-holding capacity, pH, and nutrient availability? What do those words even mean?
    • Once I’ve chosen a growth medium substrate, how do I figure out how to fertilize it?
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 Nutrient management plan boot camp
    • How do I comply with MD state law and get a certified nutrient management plan?
    • What do I need to brush up on ahead of time to successfully take the training to become certified to write my own plan?
    • Bring in your farm’s nutrient management plan, your soil test results, your draft plan, whatever you’ve got, and we’ll help you figure out your next steps.
  • 3:00 get out before the afternoon rush!


Free to $10
Neith Little
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