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Education & Events

 

Providing an educational hub for the sustainable farming and food community is one of the key activities of Future Harvest CASA. Scroll down for descriptions of Field Days and Special Events hosted or co-sponsored by Future Harvest CASA. These events are open to Future Harvest CASA members and the public. Members receive discounts on many events as well as other benefits. 

IMPORTANT: Online registration for all Future Harvest CASA events, begins by logging in to the website - see the log in or registration links to the right.

Once you are logged in, you will be redirected to the registration screen. Click here for step-by-step registration instructions.  Everyone, regardless of Future Harvest CASA membership, must log in first in order to register for events. Thanks!

If you have questions about registration, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 410-549-7878.

If you are already logged in, you may go to the event registration page to purchase tickets or RSVP. 

Visit our Facebook photo albums and our In the News page for a look at the activities from past Field Days. Click on our Calendar for a comprehensive listing of events hosted by both Future Harvest CASA and other sustainable agriculture organizations throughout the region. (Know of an event that should be on the calendar? Send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

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2014 Field Days and Events

May 7, 2014

Urban Farming Tours at Big City Farms, Whitelock Community Farm, and Spike Gjerde's Parts & Labor Restaurant

Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Big City Farms - 1800 Kavanaugh St, Baltimore, MD 21217 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Whitelock Community Farm - 930 Whitelock St, Baltimore, MD 21217 (5:15 pm - 6:15 pm)
Parts & Labor Restaurant - 2600 N Howard St Baltimore, MD 21218 (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Future Harvest CASA Members $15; Nonmembers $30

          

Beginning at Big City Farms in the Sandtown neighborhood, see the ½ acre hoop house operation (started by Real Food Founder and Future Harvest member), next drive to Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill, another community farm. Both farms aim to create local food, build community, educate and create jobs and volunteer opportunities. Finally, head north to the new Parts & Labor Restaurant and Butchery Shop at Remington to hear about Spike's "approach to returning maximum value to small-scale growers, who were trying to do the right thing". Lite snack and local beer tasting included. Feel free to stay for dinner at the restaurant or purchase items at the market store at your own cost. Registration will be capped at 40 people. Register online by logging in to our website, and please email Andrea at futureharvestcasa@gmail.com with any issues regarding registration.


May 19, 2014

Choose-Your-Tour at Wheatland

Wednesday, May 19, 3:30 pm
Park at 15290 Purcellville Road, Purcellville, VA 20132
$10 'at the door' (unless you have a season membership with Chesapeake CRAFT)

          

In partnership with Chesapeake CRAFT.

Wheatland Vegetable Farms has been home to many budding farmers since 2006, serving as an incubator site and a mainstay of the sustainable agriculture community in Northern Virginia. Join us for a "choose-your-tour" afternoon in the Wheatland neighborhood. The afternoon will begin with introductions at Moutoux Orchard, then break off into three separate tours of different operations, and finally reconvene for a potluck dinner. Tour options include:

Greenstone Fields grows specialty cut flowers and berries (that are often sold as cut flowers). On the tour, you will see how we utilize high tunnels to grow certain flowers that do not grow as well in the field. We will talk about our adventures with selling wholesale in the Washington/Baltimore area and marketing through local CSAs. There just may be some shiitake logs fruiting, too.

Moutoux Orchard is a year-round diverse full-diet farm. On the tour, you will see all aspects of how we rotationally graze our livestock and utilize animals in our vegetable fields and orchards. You will also see our small dairy herd and we will discuss our unpasteurized dairy operation. We can discuss our unique marketing as a full-diet CSA and the challenges and successes we have managing such a diverse farm through all the seasons.

Potomac Vegetable Farms is a two farm business that started over 50 years ago. At PVF West in Purcellville, we grow ecoganic vegetables on 10 acres, grow cover crops on 10 acres and make our own compost. Our business sells at 6 farmers markets, a 600 member CSA and 2 roadside stands. During the farm tour, we will talk about our business model and some of the key components of growing veggies here. You will visit the compost making pad and see our process, hear about cover crops and our favorite pieces of equipment.

Register online at www.futureharvestcasa.org/events. Payment will occur 'at the door'. If you have any questions about registration, please email Andrea at futureharvestcasa@gmail.com


Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets
2014 Urban Workshop Series

Registration for all 3 Urban workshops - $15

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm, April 9 - April 23
Location: St. John's Baltimore (2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218)

Free Chipotle burritos will be provided during the dinner break for each of these three sessions!

Now in its third year, this series of panel discussions will teach you about everything from local laws to soil testing to tips and tricks from experienced urban growers. Hope to see you there! For more information on this series, please visit the Farm Alliance website. Online registration is now closed, but tickets can still be purchased at the door!


Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets 
2014 Rural Workshop Series

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 pm, January 29 - March 26
Location: Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture (1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030)

University faculty, farm owners, and professionals from several agencies will present a variety of topics focused on small-scale planning and production. Click here for session topics and instructors.

Please note: March 26th at 6:30pm will be the make up class with Tom Paduano of Flying Plow Farm and Jack Gurley of Calvert's Gift Farm discussing suitable cover crops, varieties, succession and companion plantings, planting/planning spreadsheet examples from experiences on a long term orgnaic vegetable operation. Also note that the Integrating Livestock Into a Small Farm workshop has been switched to Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm.

Registration for both series is $50 per person. To register online, click here. To print a registration form from the UM Extension website, please click here. You can also contact the UM Extension office at (410) 771-1761 for information, special needs or other registration options.

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The focus of this program series is on small-scale commercial production, especially for people interested in starting or improving their small farm success. Each of the sessions covers topics that are applicable to a variety of agricultural operations including fruits and vegetables using conventional, sustainable, and organic methods. The program series ends with a look at how livestock can enhance a small farming operation.

The series is open to all and the selection of the topics in the series has been proven over time to be key components for farm profitability. This program is the result of a collaboration among The Baltimore County office of the University of MD Extension, Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and several agricultural professionals including successful farmers. Additional partners include The Farm Alliance and Real Food Farm for the urban series.


April 3, 2014

Farm Tour at Oak Spring Farm and Side by Side Farm

Thursday, April 3, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Oak Spring Farm - 20633 Mt. Zion Road, Freeland, MD 21053
Side By Side Farm - 21650 Keeney Road, Freeland, MD 21053 (this tour will begin at 5:15 pm)
Future Harvest CASA Members $10; Nonmembers $20
Registration is now closed for this event.
Potluck dinner - bring a dish to share!

          

Join us at Oak Spring Farm in Freeland, Maryland (northern Baltimore County) for a farm tour and conversation on starting a small farm. The afternoon will end nearby at Side By Side Farm with another tour and commentary by guest speaker Jack Gurley from Calvert's Gift Farm on season extension. Both Oak Spring Farm and Side By Side Farm were started several years ago by Future Harvest CASA Beginner Farmer Training Program graduates. This Field Day is designed for beginning farmers, and the registration rates are discounted accordingly. Please bring a dish to share for a potluck following the farm tours! Registration will be capped at 20 people due to limited parking. Register online by logging in to our website, and please email Andrea at futureharvestcasa@gmail.com with any issues regarding registration.

Click here for a printable flyer for this event!


 

 

 

Take a look at the timely topics and dynamic speakers lined up for our 15th Annual
Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference, January 17 & 18, 2014
 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please apply online, or fill out a REGISTRATION FORM and mail it to us with your payment! 

Click the links below for conference details.


Pre-Conference Workshops

General Sessions - Keynote, Local Food Celebration and Auction, Farmer Panel
Track 1 - Beginning Farmers
Track 2 - Scaling Up
Track 3 - Grass-Based Systems
Track 4 - Local Food Communities
Track 5 - 
Fruit and Vegetable Production
Track 6 - The Business of Farming

Program - Sponsors - Registration - Lodging - Rideshare

 Thanks to our 2014 Conference Sponsors!

Learn more about them here!

CONFERENCE PARTNER

WFM

Whole Foods Market - MidAtlantic

 

Gold Sponsors


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Chesapeake Bay Foundation/MarylandGrazers Network

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Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

 

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Kaiser Permanente


Silver Sponsors

Coastal Sunbelt Produce

* FRESHFARM Markets

The Humane Society of the United States

* Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

MARBIDCO

* PASA

* University of Maryland Extension

* Willowsford Farm


Bronze Sponsors

* American Culinary Federation - Greater Baltimore Chapter

* Catoctin Creek Distillery

* Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

* Moyer's Chicks

* Paradise Energy Solutions


 Past Events

2013 Field Days and Events

2012 Field Days and Events

2011 Field Days and Events