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Updated: October 15, 2021

UMD Extension offers a wide variety of educational classes and events throughout the year. Highlighted below are annual classes offered by the Urban Farming Program in Baltimore City. To be notified when registration for these classes opens, be sure to bookmark the UME calendar, subscribe to Urban Ag E-News, and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram). 

Fall Programs

How to grow your own mushrooms
Date: November 4, 2021 |  Thursday
Cost: Free
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  |  Location: Whitelock Community Farm, 930 Whitelock Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact: Neith Little
Description:
This introductory workshop will help you learn how to grow your own mushrooms indoors, for your own use, or as a business enterprise.

Join the University of Maryland Extension and Mojo Mushrooms at Whitelock Community Farm to learn how to grow your own mushrooms indoors, whether for your own use or as a business enterprise. Participants will have the option of purchasing a myco-kit to take home.

Register

Urban Agriculture Winter Meetings

Some of the meetings below contain registration information, event details, and recordings if the event has occurred.

In-person

Urban Farmer Winter Meeting: Jan. 22, 2022

Date: January 22, 2022  |  Saturday
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  |  Location: TBA
Contact: Neith Little |  Region:

Agenda

Coming soon!

Beginning Farmer Course

Each winter we offer a course for aspiring and beginning farmers as part of the UMD Extension Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Program. The course usually starts in late January or early February and meets weekly through the end of March. This course is a an introduction at a basic level to a variety of important farming topics, including soil science, marketing, pest management, farm finances, food safety, crop rotation and livestock. 

Virtual

To participate in a virtual session you will need a high-speed cable or satellite internet connection.

Virtual Urban Farmer Winter Meeting: Jan 24, 2022

Date: January 24, 2022  |  Monday
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  |  Location: Online (virtual participation)
Contact: Neith Little |  Region:

Agenda

Coming soon!

Explore Farm Hands-on Workshops and Field Schools

During the growing season, we offer a variety of hands-on workshops and field schools on farms across Baltimore City.

Urban Farmer Field School: High Tunnel Best Management Practices

High tunnels (or hoop houses) are a popular tool used on urban farms to extend the growing season and grow specialty crops. In 2022, UMD Extension will hold hands-on Urban Farmer Field Schools on farms across Baltimore to help urban growers learn best management practices that will enable them to get the most out of their high tunnels. This workshop series is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Maryland USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

See available dates below:

Urban Agriculture Meeting Archives (recordings)

Urban Agriculture Winter Meetings 2021

Urban Farmer Winter Meeting Day 1: Jan. 25, 2021
Date: January 25, 2021 |  Monday 
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  |  Location: Virtual
Contact: Neith Little |  Email: nglittle@umd.edu

View session recordings on YouTube
Description: It is a tradition in Extension to bring farmers together in the winter to learn about the latest research, earn continuing education units for their certifications, and socialize with their peers.

The winter professional development meeting for urban farmers will be offered split over two dates: the afternoon of Monday, January 25, and the afternoon of Sunday, January 31.  Educational sessions will be 30 minutes, followed by networking time. Participants will be able to attend whichever sessions interest them. 

A special thank you to Farm Alliance of Baltimore for partnering with Extension to plan and co-host previous years’ Urban Farmer Winter Meetings, and for advising on farmer priorities for the 2021 meeting.

Agenda

Detailed Agenda: Educational sessions will be 30 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of networking time.

1:00 p.m. Value-added product case study: connecting rural cocoa growers with urban chocolate entrepreneurs
Anna Glenn, Agriculture Department Chair at Liberia International Christian College and
Joshua Zemah, Owner of Redimere Chocolate


 CCA: 0.5 Crop Management CEUs
2:00 p.m. How Do Soil Conservation Districts Help Urban Farmers Conserve Natural Resources?
Kim Rush Lynch and Steve Darcey, Prince George's Soil Conservation District

 CCA: 0.5 Soil and Water Management CEUs
 * Day 1 approved for 1 CEU NMP credits. Must attend both 2pm and 4pm sessions
3:00 p.m. Disease and pest issues for hydroponic greenhouse growers
Dr. Karen Rane, Director, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Entomology, UMD

 CCA: 0.5 Integrated Pest Management CEUs
4:00 p.m. Mushroom production
Kwesi Asante, EcoCity Farms

Talk supported by Cornell Community Mushroom Educator Network, with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub award number ENE19-156-33243

CCA: 0.5 Crop Management CEUs
* Day 1 approved for 1 CEU NMP credits. Must attend both 2pm and 4pm sessions

 

Continuing Education Units:

Sessions in this meeting (see detailed agenda below) have been pre-approved for CEUs for Maryland Nutrient Applicator Vouchers & Certified Farm Operators (NMP) and Certified Crop Advisers (CCA). If you want to earn CEUs for participating in the meeting, please have your certification number available, and be prepared to click on a link and fill out a survey during the meeting.

Recordings of the 2021 Urban Farmer Winter Meeting sessions are available on the urban farming playlist of UMD Extension's YouTube channel. 

Urban Farmer Winter Meeting Day 2: Jan. 31, 2021
Date:
January 31, 2021 |  Sunday
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  |  Location: Virtual
Contact: Neith Little |  Email: nglittle@umd.edu

View session recordings on YouTube
Description: It is a tradition in Extension to bring farmers together in the winter to learn about the latest research, earn continuing education units for their certifications, and socialize with their peers.

The winter professional development meeting for urban farmers will be offered split over two dates: the afternoon of Monday, January 25, and the afternoon of Sunday, January 31.  Educational sessions will be 30 minutes, followed by networking time. Participants will be able to attend whichever sessions interest them. 

A special thank you to Farm Alliance of Baltimore for partnering with Extension to plan and co-host previous years’ Urban Farmer Winter Meetings, and for advising on farmer priorities for the 2021 meeting.

Agenda

Detailed Agenda: Educational sessions will be 30 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of networking time.

1:00 p.m. Food safety for production of dried herbs

Dr. Angela Ferelli, University of Maryland, Plant Science Department, Food Safety Group
CCA: 0.5 Crop Management CEUs

2:00 p.m. African heritage specialty crop research
Dr. Nadine Burton, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

CCA: 0.5 Crop Management CEUs
3:00 p.m. How to accept SNAP payments for farm produce
Lynn Rubin Traversa, UMD Extension SNAP-Ed program

Information will also be shared from Farm Alliance of Baltimore on their SNAP programs.

CCA: 0.5 Crop Management CEUs

 

Continuing Education Units:

Sessions in this meeting (see detailed agenda below) have been pre-approved for CEUs for Maryland Nutrient Applicator Vouchers & Certified Farm Operators (NMP) and Certified Crop Advisers (CCA). If you want to earn CEUs for participating in the meeting, please have your certification number available, and be prepared to click on a link and fill out a survey during the meeting.

Recordings of the 2021 Urban Farmer Winter Meeting sessions are available on the urban farming playlist of UMD Extension's YouTube channel. 

Photos from trainings

Farmer Kimberly Raikes

Farmer Kimberly Raikes teaches about using a string trellis to grow tomatoes in a high tunnel at Whitelock Community Farm. 2021 Urban Farmer Field School series. Photo by Jessica Duerstine, USDA NRCS.

Andrew Ristvey teaches

At the July 13, 2021 Urban Farmer Field School, Extension specialist Dr. Andrew Ristvey gave a hands-on demonstration of how to test the pH and electrical conductivity of your soil or growing substrate. Photo by Jessica Duerstine, USDA-NRCS. 

Andy Kness teaches

Extension educator Andy Kness taught about disease management at Whitelock Community Farm, as part of the 2021 Urban Farmer Field School series. Photo by Jessica Duerstine, USDA-NRCS. This training was supported by funding from Maryland USDA-NRCS.

Cucumber beetle and hairy galinsoga

Cucumber beetle is an important pest of cucurbits, because it can spread bacterial wilt disease. Hairy galinsoga is an important weed of vegetable crops, because it grows quickly and produces a lot of seeds. Photo by Neith Little, UMD Extension. 

Dave Myers teaches IPM

Agriculture and Food Systems Extension Educator Dave Myers taught about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the June 21 Urban Farmer Field School at Oliver Community Farm. IPM includes prevention, scouting, and treatment based on pest thresholds. Photo by Neith Little, UMD Extension. 

Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. John Lea-Cox taught about soils and growing media at the June 2021 Urban Farmer Field School. Choosing the right fertility test depends on what material you are growing in. Salinity and pH are also important metrics to monitor. Photo by Neith Little, UMD Extension.

Missed one of the classes above.  Check out Urban Farming YouTube channel to find the recorded sessions.

Urban Farming YouTube channel