University of Maryland Extension

Community Supported Agriculture Contract and Labor Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Frederick County UME Office
330 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21072
United States
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Community Supported Farm (CSA) operators or those thinking about starting a CSA are invited to attend a workshop focused on drafting better membership agreements and addressing common labor issues. The workshops are free but registration is required.  This workshop will be held on Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m., at the Frederick County University of Maryland  Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane in Frederick. Lunch will be provided. To register, call the office at (301) 600-1594 or register online at

“This initiative is designed to help our CSA farmers develop strong risk management tools,” said Mark Powell, MDA Chief of Marketing. “We want operators and consumers to have successful relationships.”

The workshops are sponsored by MDA, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), the Maryland Farm Bureau, and Mid- Atlantic Farm Credit with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service grant.

The workshop will focus on common issues with CSA membership agreements used in Maryland, an overview of a model CSA contract developed for Maryland CSAs, and a look at labor issues faced by CSA operators in the state.

“Currently, we get a lot of questions on labor issues when it comes to CSA operators and other diversified operations in Maryland,” said Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist with the University of Maryland Ag and Resource Economics Department at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “These workshops will provide a good opportunity to answer questions on CSA
membership agreements and labor issues impacting CSA operators.”

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