Cultivating Conservation for Maryland and Delaware's Small and Historically Underserved Farmers

Check out the Cultivating Conservation Workshop Series. Offered in-person from January to June in 2022. They are FREE and open to all!

About this event

Federal programs can be complex to navigate, especially for beginning farmers or individuals who have not established a relationship with the sponsoring agency. “Cultivating Conservation for Maryland and Delaware’s Small and Historically Underserved Farmers” will target historically underserved groups to increase their knowledge of conservation practices and programs. The course will cover an overview of conservation practices, available conservation programs provided by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies, understanding of application processes, eligibility, and contractual agreements, and how conservation projects can fit into an overall farm plan.

The University of Maryland Extension and Agriculture Law Education Initiative team, in cooperation with University of Delaware Extension, Maryland and Delaware NRCS, and Soil Conservation District field offices, will deliver education and outreach through classroom and hands-on experiences and tours of conservation offices.

The program will occur during evenings or weekends. It is open to all. Meals and handouts are included. There is a $5 registration fee and will be refunded upon completion of the class.

To register visit: https://conservation2022.eventbrite.com

Locations
 

Southern Maryland

Address: St Mary’s County Agriculture Service Center, 26737 Radio
Station Way, Suite E-2
, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Dates: November 10, 2022 |  Thursday
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Eastern Shore Maryland

Address: Talbot County Agriculture Service Center, 28577 Mary's Court, Suite 1, Easton, MD 21601
Dates: December 1, 2022 |  Thursday
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Central Maryland

Address: Montgomery County Extension Office, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855
Date: TBA
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Address: Harford County Agricultural Center, 3225 Conowingo Road, Suite 600, Street, MD 21154
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Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware

Address: Wicomico County Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Road, Salisbury, MD  21801
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Address: Delaware Location TBA
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This project is funded through the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant. The program is open to all if you need special accommodations.

About the program
 

Purpose

Federal programs can be complex to navigate, especially for beginning farmers or individuals who have not established a relationship with the sponsoring agency. “Cultivating Conservation for Maryland and Delaware’s Small and Historically Underserved Farmers” will target historically underserved groups to increase their knowledge of Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, understanding of application processes, and how conservation projects can fit into an overall farm plan.

Summary

  • The University of Maryland Extension and Agriculture Law Education Initiative team, in cooperation with University of Delaware Extension, Maryland and Delaware NRCS, and Soil Conservation District field offices, will deliver education and outreach through classroom and hands-on experiences - Beginning Farmer and Women in Agriculture will be the targeted audiences as they are both “Historically Underserved” populations
     
  • Educational curriculum and programs such as workshops and service center field trips will be conducted to increase the knowledge and comfort level of participants interested in conservation projects 
     
  • Knowledge gained will improve environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands, increase soil health, and build capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective projects 
     
  • Education efforts will focus on improving understanding of contractual agreements, program expectations and incorporating conservation into an overall farm production plan 
     
  • This project will operate August 2020 to July 2022 

Objectives

  1. Increase knowledge of federal conservation programs including soil health resources, conservation programs, and eligibility by conducting workshops
     
  2. Reduce apprehension and increase comfort level of navigating and selecting federal conservation programs by conducting field trips to service centers
     
  3. Increase understanding of contractual obligations and eligibility for federal conservation programs
     
  4. Create a whole farm plan that includes production and conservation practices

 

Dr. Sarah Hirsh describes details for Maryland and Delaware's new education program to promote conservation practices.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Sarah Hirsh
Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension
(410) 651-1350  |  shirsh@umd.edu