University of Maryland Extension

How Do I Get Started?

Looking for resources to get your urban farm enterprise started in Prince George's County?

After you have identified land, one of your first steps is to contact the Prince George's Soil Conservation District and become a Cooperator. They will confirm that you are able to farm in your zone and assist you with an urban farm management plan and navigating regulations that may apply to operating an urban farm in Prince George's County. Please review the application and guidelines here. There are a variety of technical resources on their website, pgscd.org

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University of Maryland Extension offers a variety of resources including our Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, Neith Little. Although she's housed in Baltimore City, she is available to help with urban farm projects in other parts of the state. Contact Neith at 410.856.1850 x123 or nglittle@umd.edu. Also, check out her urban agriculture website and sign up for her newsletter.

Dave Myers is the Extension Educator for both Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties. Dave can help you with a variety of resources related to your enterprise. His website has a wealth of information for farmers. Contact Dave at 410.222.3906 or myersd@umd.edu

You may also want to reach out to our Master Gardener Coordinator in Prince George's County, Esther Mitchell. She can assist you with planting ideas, weed and disease control measures without chemicals and soil testing resources. Esther can be reached at 301.868.8781 or estherm@umd.edu.  

Farms that generate revenue of $2,500 or more must have a nutrient management plan in place. Our Nutrient Management Advisor, Chris Dowell can help! Contact Chris at 301.868.8783 or csdowell@umd.edu for more information.

Finally, our Ag Marketing Specialist, can help you with your marketing and business planning needs in addition to helping you navigate regulations that pertain to your enterprise. The Ag Marketing team has a variety of resources on her Ag Marketing page. Conact them at 301.868.8780 or umepgc-agmarketing@umd.edu.

Finally, be sure to check out USDA's Urban Agriculture Toolkit and Urban Agriculture resource page. The toolkit lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations. It also contains a special section on resources for developing indoor growing operations, such as aquaponic facilities. For each element, the toolkit identifies technical and financial resources that have been developed by federal, state, and local partners. While some of the elements require local-level solutions (e.g. zoning), federal programs and services can support a variety of activities related to urban farming.

In addition, USDA's National Agricultural Libary's Alternative Farming Systems Information Center has a resource database on urban agriculture.

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