University of Maryland Extension

Small Farm Program


Beginning Small Farm Workshop Series
Commercial Food Production and Marketing for
the New Farmer on Small Acreage-2021

The Montgomery County Office of Agriculture and the University of Maryland Extension are pleased to offer the 2021 Beginning Small Farm Workshop Series. Classes will be held by way of Zoom through the University of Maryland Extension and the Montgomery County Office
of Agriculture. Classes will be on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 on the following dates.

January 20, 2021 - Networking and Introductions: An open meeting discussion on the opportunities in table food and small ruminant production.

January 27, 2021 - Agricultural Enterprises: It’s not all in ground production. What options are available for starting something different? Soilless production, small livestock, other methods of being in agriculture.

February 3, 2021 - 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 10, 2021 - 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 17, 2021 - Marketing Trends: Local trends in Table Food Production. Resources in Agriculture. Where are the markets, and how one can get invited to participate? What can you do with your products after you raise them?

February 24, 2021 - 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 3, 2021 - Banking and Loan Options: Funding sources for a new agricultural enterprise might seem difficult. A review of different options that exist including MARBIDCO, USDA FSA, the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, the Farm Credit System and local banks.

March 10, 2021 - Ethnic Vegetables: What is needed in the local area? What does it take to raise these vegetables? How to market these vegetables?

March 17, 2021 - 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.

March 24, 2021 - Livestock Production: A review of opportunities with small ruminants, and larger livestock in an agriculture enterprise.

March 31, 2021 - Season Extension: The use of high tunnels to extend the growing season, how do they work, what can be raised, and do they really work.

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 at

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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