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Below is a list of classes and events that UMD Extension offers every year. 

To the right is a calendar of upcoming events that are currently scheduled. Some of these events are designed specifically for urban farmers and urban ag entrepreneurs, while others are designed for a more general agricultural audience but are included because of their topic matter and location.  



The UME Urban Agriculture program hosts or helps organize several annual events and classes for urban farmers and food entrepreneurs. Below is a list of annual classes and conferences relevant to urban farmers.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook for a heads-up when these classes are scheduled each year, and check out the calendar of upcoming events on the right. 

Beginning farmer class series:

Starting a small, intensive, commercial farm for local markets

This ten-week series meets Tuesday nights from late January through March and is meant to be 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. Extension educators and specialists from across Maryland teach intro-level classes and we partner with Future Harvest CASA to bring in experienced farmers to share their practical knowledge.

The 2020 course will start on Tuesday, January 28 and will be held in Baltimore, MD. 

Urban farmer professional development:

Cultivate BaltimoreThis on-farm workshop series is tailored to the education and skills needed by urban farmers in Baltimore City. It is a partnership between Real Food FarmFarm Alliance of Baltimore, and University of Maryland Extension's Urban Agriculture program. Look for announcements about this series in the spring!
Urban Farmers Winter Meeting

It is a tradition in Extension to partner with local farmers' associations to organize an annual winter farmers' meeting, where farmers can socialize with their peers and brush up their knowledge and skills. In Baltimore we partnered with Farm Alliance of Baltimore to offer an annual Urban Farmers regional winter meeting on a Sunday afternoon in January.

The 3rd Annual Urban Farmers' Winter Meeting will be held Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020.

Food entrepreneur training:

Food for ProfitFood for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business. This session of Penn State Extension’s popular course has been specifically adapted to Maryland’s food production regulations, food entrepreneurial resources, and marketing opportunities. We try to offer this session annually in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Other annual conferences you should know about

UMES Small Farms ConferenceThe University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Small Farms Program organizes an annual Small Farms Conference on their campus in Princess Anne, MD. This is a great opportunity to learn and meet farmers from Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.
Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

University of Maryland Extension partners with Future Harvest CASA on beginning farmer trainings, including by teaching at their annual conference in College Park, MD.

The 2020 Cultivating the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference will be held January 16-18, 2020.

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference

The annual MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference in Dover Down in Dover, DE is a place for all women involved in agriculture, from farmers to family-members to service-providers to network and learn together.

The 2020 MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Feb 12 and 13, 2020, in Dover, DE.

MidAtlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

This Convention is a massive farmer meeting organized by the state horticulture and vegetable growers associations and Extension systems of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. It is held annual in Hershey, PA. The Convention includes growers' meetings, professional development, research updates, a huge industry trade show, and re-certification credits for pesticide applicators.

The 2020 MidAtlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held January 28-30, 2020, in Hershey, PA.

Regional Maryland Vegetable Growers Winter Meetings

University of Maryland Extension organizes winter farmers' meetings in partnership with local fruit and vegetable growers' associations across the state of Maryland. These days usually include a morning of training and research updates, a lunch, the business meeting of the local growers' association, and socializing.

The 2020 Central MD Vegetable Growers Meeting will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020, in Cockeysville, MD.



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