University of Maryland Extension

Backyard Farming

Raising your own food can be a rewarding experience. It provides physical activity and a source of fresh food. Raising plants and animals in order to produce food is a great activity for the entire family and can be excellent for mental health. To assist small producers, novice livestock owners and gardeners and those thinking of trying their hands at backyard farming, the University of Maryland Extension has put together a series of educational webinars on various livestock and gardening topics.  

The following topics have been scheduled and are offered both on Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 7 pm.

  • Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket (Raising Laying Hens and Handling Eggs): May 18, 2020 & May 21, 2020
  • Basic Feeding for Sheep and Goats: May 25, 2020 & May 28, 2020
  • Introduction to Beekeeping: June 1, 2020 & June 4, 2020

To register for the Monday sessions at noon, visit

To register for the Thursday sessions at 7 pm, visit

Join us for Flock Fridays at noon EST. These sessions will focus on backyard poultry production.

The Monday Moos will be held on Mondays at noon EST. If you are thinking about getting a cow, raising a bottle calf, producing your own beef or milk or just want to learn more about raising cows, these sessions are for you!

  • Why Cattle? What can I do with them? What sort of time and financial commitments are required?: June 8, 2020. Register at
  • Calf Management: Birth to Weaning: June 15, 2020. Register at
  • Health and Housing Needs of Cattle (Vaccinations, Parasite control, castration, etc.): June 22, 2020. Register at
  • Cattle Nutrition: Body Condition Scoring and types of feeds for calves and adult cattle: June 29, 2020. Register at

What the Hay! Wednesdays will feature UME Pasture and Forage Specialist, Dr. Amanda Grev. These sessions will be held on Wednesdays at noon EST. If you wonder how to select good hay, how much to buy or whether you are getting the most bang for your buck, join us for these sessions!

The second half of our small ruminant sessions have been scheduled. These are perfect for anyone who owns sheep or goats or is thinking about raising them as either pets or production animals. These will be held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm EST.

These presentations are perfect for those looking to diversify their operations, new producers, 4-H families and those looking to expand their knowledge of livestock production.

For more information, contact Maegan Perdue at or 443-523-4389 or Dr. Jon Moyle at or 443-754-0539.

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