University of Maryland Extension

UPDATE, postponed Wheels Up: Helping your urban farm business take off

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Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Function Coworking Community
4709 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
United States
Event Type: 
Ginger Myers and others

UPDATE as of 3/16/2020

Due to the coronavirus situation, we have postponed the start of this course. We tentatively plan to start the course on April 16. If you are interested, please e-mail Neith Little at for future updates. 



Have you been farming for 3 years or more?  Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? At some point, every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Wheels Up leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.

Do you have an established farming operation but need to improve your management and profitability in a specific management area?   A new training program, “Wheels Up”, offered in partnership between the University of Maryland Extension, the Baltimore Farm Alliance, and Future Harvest-CASA, maybe the business up-grade training you need to help your business “take off”.

The "Wheels Up" program is for farmers with 3 or more years of business experience. As their businesses have grown and matured, critical issues have surfaced that were never anticipated in the original start-up plans. They now know what their businesses strengths and weaknesses are, but not how to correct or improve their situation very often the timing of these growth decisions comes simultaneously with increasing demands of family, community, and/or off-farm employment.

The program will consist of 4 class sessions plus "one-on-one" consultation support by appointment at the conclusion of the training.  Class components: revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business, addressing production and human resource challenges, understanding what a financial statement can tell you, and developing diversified marketing strategies. Since each participant will have a different priority for their business, each participant will also create their own learning contract to have completed by the conclusion of the project.


Dates and location
The 4 class sessions will meet at the office of the Baltimore Farm Alliance, 4709 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214 on Thursday evenings in from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

UPDATE as of 3/16/2020

Due to the coronavirus situation, we have postponed the start of this course. We tentatively plan to start the course on April 16. If you are interested, please e-mail Neith Little at for future updates. 


The tuition cost is $45 per person which includes all materials. For two participants from the same farm, a discounted tuition is available of $60 for both participants.

Payment by credit or debit card is through the University of Maryland Extension Eventbrite on-line system at

Registration by check can be delivered to the UMD Extension Baltimore City office (click here to download a registration form) at 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21215

Pre-payment and registration are required for this workshop. The class is capped at 15 participants.


If you require special accommodations or further information about the workshop content please contact Neith Little, Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, UMD Extension, Baltimore City, 410-856-1850 x123 or by email

This course is based on work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under grant number # is: 2019-49400-30455

$45 per person, or $60 for two people from one farm
Neith Little
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