University of Maryland Extension

Small Farm Program

Beginning Small Farm Workshop Series
Commercial Food Production and Marketing for the New Farmer on Small Acreage

Classes will be held at the University of Maryland Extension Office in Derwood Maryland, Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 on the following dates.

February 5, 2020 - Networking and Introductions - An open meeting discussion on the opportunities in table food and small ruminant production. Light snacks will be made available.

February 12, 2020 - Soil and Soil Health - Promoting high quality soil that helps grow crops is essential. Learning how to preserve soil and promote soil health will be the highlight of this evening’s program. Cover crops, soil health indicators, and how to improve soil health.

February 19, 2020 - Laws and Regulations for Agriculture - Understanding how to manage local regulations Food Safety Modernization Act basics, labor laws, minimum wage regulations. Different methods of getting the work done.

February 26, 2020 - Marketing Trends - Local trends in Table Food Production. Resources in Agriculture. Where are the markets, and how can one get invited to participate

March 4, 2020 - Getting a Handle on Soil and Plant Nutrient Needs - Everything From Nutrient Management Regulations, Nutrient Sources and Making Sure Plants Receive What They Need in Time. Short term and long term nutrient needs.

March 11, 2020 - Banking and Loan Options.

March 18, 2020 - Season Extension Technologies - How to get the most from the high tunnel. Protecting the tunnel in adverse weather. Prevention of nutrient and salt buildup in the tunnel. Utilizing the tunnel for off season production.

March 25, 2020 - Ethnic Vegetables - What is needed in the local area? What does it take to raise these vegetables? How to market these vegetables?

April 8, 2020 - Weeds and Weed Control - Save your moisture and your nutrients for the plants you want. What are reasonable options? With more and more weeds coming into the area, and many that are resistant to even the best weed control methods, a review of cultural, cover crops, and exclusion methods of weed control.

If you have a disability that necessities special assistance for your participation in this program please contact Chuck Schuster at 410-596-2159 or by email,

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture.

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