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2022 CALENDAR

September

Event: Winery Tasting Room Staff Training: Sensory to Sales
Date: Sept. 29, 2022 | Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm  |  Location: Paradocx Vineyard, 1833 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg, 19350
Cost: $20  | Registration
Description: Direct-to-consumer sales from the tasting room can be a winery's most significant revenue source. Are you maximizing yours with proper training for your team? Winery Tasting Room Staff Training: Sensory to Sales attendees will learn how to sample wine and detect common faults properly. Participants will learn about the importance of emotion in purchasing decisions, how to use emotion to communicate with wine drinkers about the wines produced, ideas on how to convey emotions through a brand's story, and how to use emotion in the tasting room online.
Tasting room staff are not only responsible for exceptional customer service but also may be required to describe how a glass of wine is made or its sensory profile. There will be an opportunity for servers to learn skills that will help them better serve customers and increase revenue.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

October

Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
Date:
October 26, 2022  |  Wednesday 
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  |  Location: Online webinar
Cost: Free  |  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-wednesday-webinars-tickets-170324907383
Description: Producing value-added foods can be a complicated endeavor involving several state and local agencies. The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) will discuss the regulations producers should be aware of and review how to use a new resource designed to help producers easily identify which processing and food safety requirements apply to their operation.

Event: Home Brewer's Guide to Private Well or Spring Water
Date: October 10, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 pm  | Location: Live online via Zoom
Cost: This event is being offered at no charge to participants. Registration is required
Description: Home brewing and winemaking are popular hobbies, and water is the primary ingredient. Home Brewer's Guide to Private Well or Spring Water will cover the basic water chemistry and other considerations that every home brewer and winemaker should know about their private water supply before they craft their next batch.

Event: Starting a Commercial Hops Yard: Budgets and Risk
Date: October 14, 2022  |  Friday
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 pm  | Location: Live online via Zoom
Cost: This event is being offered at no charge to participants. Registration is required
Description: Before starting a commercial hops yard, you will want to prepare a thorough budget and carefully consider managing risk on your farm. Starting a Commercial Hops Yard: Budgets and Risk will discuss the proper types of insurance to consider when growing hops and will address the financial considerations to start and maintain this venture.

November

SAVE THE DATE!
Harvest and Postharvest Practices for Improving Apple Fruit Marketability: Fruit Quality and Safety.
Date: November 7, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  | Location: Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, Maryland  21756-1104
Cost: $20, pre-register or pay at the door (Includes snacks, lunch, coffee, and networking.)  Registration: will open on Sept. 26th https://AppleWorkshop.eventbrite.com
Description: Presentations, Demonstrations, and Discussions. Apple fruit quality topics: Practices for fruit quality improvement, Apple harvest maturity assessments, Improving apple red skin coloration. Food safety topics: Cleaning and sanitation of bins and equipment, Does water quality affect dump tank sanitizers?, Harvesting safe practices, including culls and drops

For more information contact: Dr. Macarena Farcuh at mfarcuh@umd.edu