University of Maryland Extension

2016 Starting a Small Commercial Farm Intensive for Local Markets

2016 Starting a Small Commercial Farm Intensive for Local Markets
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 - 6:30pm to Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016 - 9:00pm
Baltimore County Ag Center
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
United States

In this workshop series, we’ll explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that are applicable to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit and vegetable production. The program series including a look at how livestock can enhance a small farming operation.

The topics featured in this workshop series have proven to be key components for ensuring farm profitability. This program is a collaborative effort between UMD Extension, Baltimore County and Future Harvest CASA’s new Chesapeake Foodshed Field School and Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP). Additional partners include Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, and several agricultural professionals and successful farmers in the region, including graduates of the BFTP.

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To register by mail, please complete this registration form along with the program fee, with checks made out to “BCEAC” and send it to the Baltimore County Extension Office (1114 Shawan Road, Suite 2,Cockeysville, MD 21030)

List of workshops in the 10-part series
(held at the Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030)
Jan. 20, Wednesday    Envisioning Your Farm and Business Plan
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Dale Johnson (UMD Extension), Sarah Sohn and Joanna Winkler (Future Harvest CASA)
Jan. 27, Wednesday    Marketing Essentials: A Key Part of the Business Plan
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Ginger Myers (UMD Extension) and Mark Powell (MDA)
Feb. 3, Wednesday    Quality Assurance, Post-Harvest Handling and Other Certifications  
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Dave Martin (UMD Extension) and Joan Norman (One Straw Farm)
Feb. 10, Wednesday   Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management, and Conservation on the Small Farm
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Trish Steinhilner (UMD Extension), Vinnie Bevivino (Chesapeake Compost) and Emma Jagoz (Moon Valley Farm)  
Feb. 17, Wednesday   Strategies for Pest Management and Examples of Pest Management Success     
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Jerry Brust (UMD Extension) and Jack Gurley (Calvert’s Gift)
Feb. 24, Wednesday   Cover Crops, Crop Planning and Rotations
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Chuck Schuster (UMD Extension) and Carrie Vaughn (Clagett Farm)
Mar. 2, Wednesday   Integrating Livestock into a Small Farm
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Susan Schoenian (UMD Extension) and Lisa Duff (Oak Bluff Farm)
Mar. 9, Wednesday   Business Strategies for Highly Effective Small Farmers, Financial Management for Your Small Farm
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Dale Johnson (UMD Extension) and Sarah Rider (Flying Plow Farm)
Mar. 16, Wednesday   Methods and Management of Season Extension Using High Tunnel Production
6:30 – 9:00 pm   Dave Martin (UMD Extension) and Guy Kilpatrick (Terp Farm)
Mar. 23, Wednesday   Small Farm Business, Equipment and Marketing Experiences Panel
6:30 – 9:00 pm     Beginner Farmers: Sache Jones (PHCHA), John Dove (Love Dove Farm), Mike Protas (One Acre Farm), Amy Crone (Maryland FMA)

Urban Farm Series (held in Baltimore City)
April 12, Tuesday   Farming in Baltimore City: Land, Laws, and Zoning
Becky Witt (Community Law Center)
6:00 – 8:00 pm    Abby Cocke (Baltimore City Office of Sustainability)
Location: Rita Church Community Center, 2101 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

April 19, Tuesday   Farming With People in Mind: Engaging Your Neighbors, Building Community     
6:00 – 8:00 pm   Melissa Poulsen (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health); Colin Lyman (Oliver Community Farm)
Location: Rita Church Community Center, 2101 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

April 26, Tuesday   City Soils: The Science and Practice of Growing in Urban Spaces
6:00 – 8:00 pm    Cheryl Carmona (Boone Street Farm), Brent Kim (Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future)
Location: Rita Church Community Center, 2101 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

April 30, Saturday    Urban Farm Tours Self-guided or register for the bus tour.
Location: Times and farm locations TBA. Check for details.

May 7, Saturday    Cultivate Baltimore Hands-On Workshops.
A day full of hands-on urban agriculture workshops.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm   A healthy lunch will be served by our high school Youth Crew!
Location: Real Food Farm, 2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213 (outdoors)

2016 Starting a Small Intensiive Commercial Farm for Local Markets

$60 per person for the 10 part series, $35 for the 5 part, $85 for both, Bus tour $10, May 7th workshops $20
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