University of Maryland Extension

Future Harvest

Future Harvest CASA is a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC. Future Harvest CASA promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities.


Providing an educational hub for the sustainable farming and food community is one of the key activities of Future Harvest CASA. visit our site for descriptions of Field Days and Special Events hosted or co-sponsored by Future Harvest CASA. These events are open to Future Harvest CASA members and the public. Members receive discounts on many events as well as other benefits. 

Beginner Farmer Training Program

Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP)is a successful year-long program that has trained motivated, aspiring or transitioning farmers since 2009. The program provides both classroom instruction and shoulder-to-shoulder on-farm training for beginning and transitioning sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region. The BFTP is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2012-49400-19552

Future Harvest Field Day


The Landowner's Survival Guide: Resources for Agricultural Landowners in MD, VA, and WV (last updated 2002) is a 60-page resource packed with user-friendly information on increasing farm income, how to start and succeed in farming, as well as offering a section on organic growing and pastured animal production.  It also offers the agricultural land owner guidance in stewardship and conservation.

Each chapter provides not only general information, but also where to go to find grants and financial assistance, publications, people who can help, and web/internet resources.

You can view a portion of the guide here as a pdf document. 


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