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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues regarding registration.
May 19, 2014
Choose-Your-Tour at Wheatland
Wednesday, May 19, 3:30 pm
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.
Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets
Registration for all 3 Urban workshops - $15
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm, April 9 - April 23
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
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 pm, January 29 - March 26
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.
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
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 email@example.com with any issues regarding registration.
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Take a look at the timely topics and dynamic speakers lined up for our 15th Annual
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.
General Sessions - Keynote, Local Food Celebration and Auction, Farmer Panel
Thanks to our 2014 Conference Sponsors!
- Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit on Food and Health
April 25, 2014 (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
- Centro Ashé Grassroots Herbal Intensive
April 26, 2014 (All Day)
- Move That Livestock 2014
April 26, 2014 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm)
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