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Flat View Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 March 2014April 2014May 2014
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training (7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training Dates

Please note: If you took this training in 2013, you are certified for 3 years. If you are new to the FMNP/FVC program, or took training prior to 2013, you are required to attend a session to participate in the program this market season. Once you have completed the training it is good for 3 years, as well.

 

New this Year:It is required that you RSVP for the session you will be attending. Please see the link below. All participants will RSVP through that link, except for those attending Garrett & Allegany country sessions, who will RSVP through Cheryl DeBerry, and those attending the training at the Farmers Market Conference who will RSVP through that specific link.  Any session having less than 5 people signed up for it will be cancelled. Cancellation will be determined 48 hours prior to the session. (The only exception will be Garrett & Allegany Counties.) 

 

The sessions are free and take place before or after the lunch hour; lunch is not provided. (The only exception will be the training taking place during the Annual Farmers Market Conference on March 13th. See below). Please pick your date and then RSVP through this link:https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-fmnpsfmnpfvc-training/

 

February

14th: St. Mary’s County: Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall. 9:30am – 12 Noon.

20th: Caroline County: USDA Denton Office – 9194 Legion Rd, Denton. 9am – 12 Noon.

24th: Frederick County: Frederick Business Employment Center, 5340A Spectrum Drive, Frederick. 1pm – 4pm.

25th: Washington County: Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

 

March

6th: Wicomico County: 31901 Tri County Way, Room #025, Salisbury. 10am – 12 Noon.

10th: Prince Georges County: Soil Conservation Office, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100,
Upper Marlboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

13th: Anne Arundel County: Training will be incorporated into the Annual Farmers Market Conference at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Conference is from 8am – 4pm. Lunch will be included and there will be a $30 cost per person. Please follow this link to RSVP. https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-md-farmers-market-conference-registration/

19th: Montgomery County: Department of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. 9am- 12 Noon.

 

April

1st: Allegany – Allegany County Fairgrounds – 7:30pm. RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry:301-334-6968  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd: Webinar – 2:00pm- 3:30pm. Further information will be sent via email to those who sign up for this option.

7th: Baltimore County: Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. 9am – 12 Noon.

8th: Garrett County: University of Maryland Extension – Garrett County Office, 1916 Maryland Hwy, Suite A, Mt Lake Park. 6:30 pm.  RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or301-334-6968




Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Sowing Seeds: New Ideas For Sustainable Partnerships Between Libraries And Master Gardeners (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An event for staff and Master Gardeners working in Maryland Libraries

April 2, 2014

Miller Library, Howard County, Maryland

10am to 4pm

FREE - Registration Required

For more information, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/sowingseedsmdlib/project-definition




Thursday, April 03, 2014
2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training Dates

Please note: If you took this training in 2013, you are certified for 3 years. If you are new to the FMNP/FVC program, or took training prior to 2013, you are required to attend a session to participate in the program this market season. Once you have completed the training it is good for 3 years, as well.

 

New this Year:It is required that you RSVP for the session you will be attending. Please see the link below. All participants will RSVP through that link, except for those attending Garrett & Allegany country sessions, who will RSVP through Cheryl DeBerry, and those attending the training at the Farmers Market Conference who will RSVP through that specific link.  Any session having less than 5 people signed up for it will be cancelled. Cancellation will be determined 48 hours prior to the session. (The only exception will be Garrett & Allegany Counties.) 

 

The sessions are free and take place before or after the lunch hour; lunch is not provided. (The only exception will be the training taking place during the Annual Farmers Market Conference on March 13th. See below). Please pick your date and then RSVP through this link:https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-fmnpsfmnpfvc-training/

 

February

14th: St. Mary’s County: Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall. 9:30am – 12 Noon.

20th: Caroline County: USDA Denton Office – 9194 Legion Rd, Denton. 9am – 12 Noon.

24th: Frederick County: Frederick Business Employment Center, 5340A Spectrum Drive, Frederick. 1pm – 4pm.

25th: Washington County: Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

 

March

6th: Wicomico County: 31901 Tri County Way, Room #025, Salisbury. 10am – 12 Noon.

10th: Prince Georges County: Soil Conservation Office, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100,
Upper Marlboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

13th: Anne Arundel County: Training will be incorporated into the Annual Farmers Market Conference at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Conference is from 8am – 4pm. Lunch will be included and there will be a $30 cost per person. Please follow this link to RSVP. https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-md-farmers-market-conference-registration/

19th: Montgomery County: Department of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. 9am- 12 Noon.

 

April

1st: Allegany – Allegany County Fairgrounds – 7:30pm. RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry:301-334-6968  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd: Webinar – 2:00pm- 3:30pm. Further information will be sent via email to those who sign up for this option.

7th: Baltimore County: Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. 9am – 12 Noon.

8th: Garrett County: University of Maryland Extension – Garrett County Office, 1916 Maryland Hwy, Suite A, Mt Lake Park. 6:30 pm.  RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or301-334-6968




Saturday, April 05, 2014
Compost Workshop At Whitelock Community Farm (10:00 am - 12:00 - noon)

Compost Workshop

Join CGRN and Whitelock Community Farm to learn the basics of composting on Saturday, April 5th, from10:00 - 12:00. The event will be held at Whitelock Community Farm.
Great for beginners as well as for answering questions for experienced composters, the experts from Chesapeake Compost Works will be discussing the composting process from start to finish. You'll even get the chance to try out their methods by building and sifting compost right at the farm!
The class is $5 and free for CGRN members.



Sunday, April 06, 2014
Respectful, Chemical Free Beekeeping (10:00 am - 12:00 - noon)

New and experienced beekeepers enjoy learning out unique style of hive managements that is based on respect for the honeybee.

We offer hands on training in a variety of hive styles, Langstroth, Long Langs, top bars and others.

All ages are welcome, children encoraged.  Our bees are gentle, but stings are a possibility.  Paticipation in under informed consent.

 

All classes are weather/tempurature dependent.  Please register ahead of time, either by calling or through our website.  We look forward to meeting you!



Contact Info : Heidi Briguglio Email : heidib@azurebllc.com Url: http://www.azurebllc.com
Monday, April 07, 2014
2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training (9:00 am - 12:00 - noon)

2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training Dates

Please note: If you took this training in 2013, you are certified for 3 years. If you are new to the FMNP/FVC program, or took training prior to 2013, you are required to attend a session to participate in the program this market season. Once you have completed the training it is good for 3 years, as well.

 

New this Year:It is required that you RSVP for the session you will be attending. Please see the link below. All participants will RSVP through that link, except for those attending Garrett & Allegany country sessions, who will RSVP through Cheryl DeBerry, and those attending the training at the Farmers Market Conference who will RSVP through that specific link.  Any session having less than 5 people signed up for it will be cancelled. Cancellation will be determined 48 hours prior to the session. (The only exception will be Garrett & Allegany Counties.) 

 

The sessions are free and take place before or after the lunch hour; lunch is not provided. (The only exception will be the training taking place during the Annual Farmers Market Conference on March 13th. See below). Please pick your date and then RSVP through this link:https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-fmnpsfmnpfvc-training/

 

February

14th: St. Mary’s County: Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall. 9:30am – 12 Noon.

20th: Caroline County: USDA Denton Office – 9194 Legion Rd, Denton. 9am – 12 Noon.

24th: Frederick County: Frederick Business Employment Center, 5340A Spectrum Drive, Frederick. 1pm – 4pm.

25th: Washington County: Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

 

March

6th: Wicomico County: 31901 Tri County Way, Room #025, Salisbury. 10am – 12 Noon.

10th: Prince Georges County: Soil Conservation Office, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100,
Upper Marlboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

13th: Anne Arundel County: Training will be incorporated into the Annual Farmers Market Conference at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Conference is from 8am – 4pm. Lunch will be included and there will be a $30 cost per person. Please follow this link to RSVP. https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-md-farmers-market-conference-registration/

19th: Montgomery County: Department of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. 9am- 12 Noon.

 

April

1st: Allegany – Allegany County Fairgrounds – 7:30pm. RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry:301-334-6968  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd: Webinar – 2:00pm- 3:30pm. Further information will be sent via email to those who sign up for this option.

7th: Baltimore County: Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. 9am – 12 Noon.

8th: Garrett County: University of Maryland Extension – Garrett County Office, 1916 Maryland Hwy, Suite A, Mt Lake Park. 6:30 pm.  RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or301-334-6968




Chesapeake CRAFT - ECO City Farm (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Chesapeake CRAFT

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

Guess what?! The 2014 CRAFT farm tour schedule is finalized! We are excited to welcome new farms to the list and visit some old favorites! Tours take place on Mondays throughout the season starting at 3:30. Tours are followed by a potluck and socializing! We encourage all participants to bring a dish to share and get to know their regional farmers! Here's where you can find us this year:

April 7 EcoCity (Edmonston, MD)

April 28 Whiffletree Farm (Warrenton, VA)

May 19 Wheatland Day with CASA–Moutoux Orchard, Potomac Vegetable Farm and Greenstone Fields (Purcellville, VA)

June 9 Rocklands (Poolesville, MD)

June 30 Red Wiggler Conference (Germantown, MD)

July 21 The Farm at Sunnyside (Washington, VA)

Aug 11 One Straw Farm (White Hall, MD)

Sept 8 Whitmore Farm  with CASA (Emmitsburg, MD)

Sept 29 Lost Corner (Leesburg, VA)

Oct 20 Waterpenny and Heritage Hollow (Sperryville, VA)

Want to join Chesapeake CRAFT? E-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details or show up at an event and join there! You can also join our waiting list for updates! 




Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Reduced Tillage Webinar (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Join eOrganic for a webinar entitled "Putting the Pieces Together: Lessons Learned from a Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project", by William Curran, Ron Hoover, and John Wallace of Penn State University. The webinar will take place on April 8 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain,11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
Register now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432001529

About the Webinar

The Reduced-tillage Organic Systems Experiment (ROSE) was initiated by a team of researchers at Pennsylvania (Penn State University), Maryland (USDA-ARS), Delaware (University of Delaware) and North Carolina (NC-State) in 2010 to identify integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for managing weeds and early season insect pests while transitioning to an organic rotational no-till grain/silage system using a corn-soybean-wheat rotation. This webinar will draw upon the results from three years of research in ROSE and illustrate practical issues involved with reducing tillage in an organic grain/silage system, such as cover crop termination using a roller-crimper, technical aspects of crop establishment in a rolled cover crop, the potential for volunteer cover crops in the rotation, and the importance of initial weed seedbanks for weed management during an organic transition, and the potential for using high residue inter-row cultivation to supplement weed control with cover crop mulches. The objective of the webinar will be to share lessons from the ROSE with farmers, researchers, extension personnel and government agency staff.

About the Presenters

William Curran: Bill is a Professor of Weed Science in the Plant Science Department at Penn State where he has a research-extension focus in agronomic crops. Bill’s statewide extension program focuses on providing agricultural constituents with the latest weed management information and his research focuses on basic weed biology, integrated weed management, weed management in conservation tillage system including managing cover crops, and managing weeds in organic crop production systems.
Ron Hoover: Ron is Coordinator of On-Farm Research at Penn State University where the focus of this program has been to increase rates of adoption of new and underutilized technologies related to field crop production and soil management. In addition to those research and extension activities, he is also an instructor for a Field Crop Management course.
John Wallace: John is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Plant Sciences Department at Penn State where he serves as a project manager for the Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you have concerns, please test your Java athttp://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar. If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 with Safari, please be sure to test your Java. If it isn't working, please try Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com) or Chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome). The webinar program will require you to download software before connecting you to the webinar, so if you don't have administrative rights on your computer, you may not be able to do this, although you can listen in by phone. If you'd like to test your connection to gotowebinar in advance, go here.



2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

2014 Maryland FMNP/FVC Training Dates

Please note: If you took this training in 2013, you are certified for 3 years. If you are new to the FMNP/FVC program, or took training prior to 2013, you are required to attend a session to participate in the program this market season. Once you have completed the training it is good for 3 years, as well.

 

New this Year:It is required that you RSVP for the session you will be attending. Please see the link below. All participants will RSVP through that link, except for those attending Garrett & Allegany country sessions, who will RSVP through Cheryl DeBerry, and those attending the training at the Farmers Market Conference who will RSVP through that specific link.  Any session having less than 5 people signed up for it will be cancelled. Cancellation will be determined 48 hours prior to the session. (The only exception will be Garrett & Allegany Counties.) 

 

The sessions are free and take place before or after the lunch hour; lunch is not provided. (The only exception will be the training taking place during the Annual Farmers Market Conference on March 13th. See below). Please pick your date and then RSVP through this link:https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-fmnpsfmnpfvc-training/

 

February

14th: St. Mary’s County: Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall. 9:30am – 12 Noon.

20th: Caroline County: USDA Denton Office – 9194 Legion Rd, Denton. 9am – 12 Noon.

24th: Frederick County: Frederick Business Employment Center, 5340A Spectrum Drive, Frederick. 1pm – 4pm.

25th: Washington County: Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

 

March

6th: Wicomico County: 31901 Tri County Way, Room #025, Salisbury. 10am – 12 Noon.

10th: Prince Georges County: Soil Conservation Office, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100,
Upper Marlboro. 9am – 12 Noon.

13th: Anne Arundel County: Training will be incorporated into the Annual Farmers Market Conference at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Conference is from 8am – 4pm. Lunch will be included and there will be a $30 cost per person. Please follow this link to RSVP. https://mdamarketing.wufoo.com/forms/2014-md-farmers-market-conference-registration/

19th: Montgomery County: Department of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood. 9am- 12 Noon.

 

April

1st: Allegany – Allegany County Fairgrounds – 7:30pm. RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry:301-334-6968  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd: Webinar – 2:00pm- 3:30pm. Further information will be sent via email to those who sign up for this option.

7th: Baltimore County: Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. 9am – 12 Noon.

8th: Garrett County: University of Maryland Extension – Garrett County Office, 1916 Maryland Hwy, Suite A, Mt Lake Park. 6:30 pm.  RSVP to: Cheryl DeBerry: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or301-334-6968




Wednesday, April 09, 2014
NoVA Food Coalition Roundtable (10:30 am - 12:30 - noon)

Wed, April 9th from 10:30 to 12:30 pm: NoVA Food Coalition Roundtable. The meeting will feature a presentation on the Farm Bill and a presentation on SNAP incentives at 3 Fairfax Co farmers markets. Location: Shirlington Branch Library, Large Meeting Room. Location: 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206.

For more information: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/dcfoodforall/OdovMu2iEUM




"Starting A Small, Intensive Commercial Farm For Local Markets" Workshop Series (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

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.

Registration is required! Please register by January 27, 2014

Registration for all 9 Rural workshops - $40
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 pm, January 29 - March 26
Location: Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture (1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030)

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)

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. Please register by January 27, 2014!

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.




Saturday, April 12, 2014
CREP In-Field Tree Planting And Maintenance Workshop (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) In-Field Tree Planting and Maintenance Workshop

Presented by Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center

2825 Poffenberger Rd, Middletown, MD

April 12, 2014, 1:00-4:00pm

(Rain date: April 19) 

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a federal and state supported cost-share program that financially assists landowners to plant trees that protect sensitive soils, waters, and wetlands while enhancing wildlife areas.  If you are a farmer, rancher, or agricultural land owner you may be eligible for funding.  Maryland landowners have been working with CREP and similar programs since 1997.  Fox Haven Organic Farm has planted over 75,000 trees since 1998 through CREP to reforest stream buffers, stabilize erodible soils, and create wildlife habitat.   

Join us to plant trees and warm season grasses at Fox Haven Organic Farm, where we encourage you to not only observe but also participate!

Q and A with professionals and CREP landowners about their experience and challenges with CREP, covering all aspects, from the application process to planting and maintaining the trees, shrubs and warm season grasses, to contract renewals.

Learn new skills such as where to plant and how to prepare your land for tree planting, installing the stakes and tubes, and required maintenance.

This in-field workshop will be led by (1) Dick Bittner, Farm Manager, Fox Haven Organic Farm, (2) Mike Kay, Forester, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and (3) Bill Bond, Registered Professional Forester, Parkton Forestry 

The workshop is open to all, but is most applicable to current CREP participants, those interested in CREP or in starting medium-to-large scale tree plantings on their property. 

Please join us!

RSVP to:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (240) 490-5484

For more information:

http://www.foxhavenlearningcenter.org/content/field-crep-workshop

Directions to field workshop: From Broad Run Rd, go 0.67 miles down Poffenberger Rd The field will be across the road from a large pond with a gazebo. There will be a sign that reads: CREP FIELD WORKSHOP. Address for GPS:  2825 Poffenberger Rd, Middletown.

 

 



Contact Info : info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com or 240-490-5484 Email : info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com Url: http://www.foxhavenlearningcenter.org/content/field-crep-workshop
Sunday, April 13, 2014
National Value Added Agriculture Conference (9:00 am)

Tues, May 13th to Thurs, May 15th: National Value Added Agriculture Conference - Enhancing Food Security and Rural Viability through Innovative Food System Practices and Opportunities in Baltimore, MD. Link: http://www.agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference/




Monday, April 14, 2014
National Value Added Agriculture Conference (9:00 am)

Tues, May 13th to Thurs, May 15th: National Value Added Agriculture Conference - Enhancing Food Security and Rural Viability through Innovative Food System Practices and Opportunities in Baltimore, MD. Link: http://www.agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference/




Tuesday, April 15, 2014
National Value Added Agriculture Conference (9:00 am)

Tues, May 13th to Thurs, May 15th: National Value Added Agriculture Conference - Enhancing Food Security and Rural Viability through Innovative Food System Practices and Opportunities in Baltimore, MD. Link: http://www.agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference/




Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit, Nourishing Our Cities’ Future (8:00 am)
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit, Nourishing Our Cities’ Future
Where: Lynchburg, Virginia
When: Tuesday April 15 & Wednesday April 16
Registration Packet attached at the end of this email
Includes a screening of Dan Susman’s documentary film Growing Cities-A Film About Urban Farming in America
 
on the evening of Monday April, 14, 2014
For more information including agenda, registration and lodging please go to
 
http://events.SignUp4.com/UrbanAgSummit2014
For questions or further assistance, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Christie Young – mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Spencer Neale –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit, Nourishing Our Cities’ Future (8:00 am)
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit, Nourishing Our Cities’ Future
Where: Lynchburg, Virginia
When: Tuesday April 15 & Wednesday April 16
Registration Packet attached at the end of this email
Includes a screening of Dan Susman’s documentary film Growing Cities-A Film About Urban Farming in America
 
on the evening of Monday April, 14, 2014
For more information including agenda, registration and lodging please go to
 
http://events.SignUp4.com/UrbanAgSummit2014
For questions or further assistance, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Christie Young – mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Spencer Neale –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



"Starting A Small, Intensive Commercial Farm For Local Markets" Workshop Series (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

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.

Registration is required! Please register by January 27, 2014

Registration for all 9 Rural workshops - $40
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 pm, January 29 - March 26
Location: Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture (1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030)

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)

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. Please register by January 27, 2014!

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.




Thursday, April 17, 2014
Community Food Councils: Challenges And Opportunities Webinar (12:30 - noon - 2:00 pm)

April 17th 
12:30 - 2:00 EST

Presented by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the UNC School of Government

 

How to Participate for Free

How to Watch Later:

Visit http://communityfoodstrategies.com/after the webinar for instructions on viewing the recording.  




Saturday, April 19, 2014
Chesapeake CRAFT - Wheatland Day With CASA: Moutoux Orchard, Potomac Vegetable Farm, And Greenstone (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Chesapeake CRAFT

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

Guess what?! The 2014 CRAFT farm tour schedule is finalized! We are excited to welcome new farms to the list and visit some old favorites! Tours take place on Mondays throughout the season starting at 3:30. Tours are followed by a potluck and socializing! We encourage all participants to bring a dish to share and get to know their regional farmers! Here's where you can find us this year:

April 7 EcoCity (Edmonston, MD)

April 28 Whiffletree Farm (Warrenton, VA)

May 19 Wheatland Day with CASA–Moutoux Orchard, Potomac Vegetable Farm and Greenstone Fields (Purcellville, VA)

June 9 Rocklands (Poolesville, MD)

June 30 Red Wiggler Conference (Germantown, MD)

July 21 The Farm at Sunnyside (Washington, VA)

Aug 11 One Straw Farm (White Hall, MD)

Sept 8 Whitmore Farm  with CASA (Emmitsburg, MD)

Sept 29 Lost Corner (Leesburg, VA)

Oct 20 Waterpenny and Heritage Hollow (Sperryville, VA)

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Grant Writing Workshop For Ag Service Providers (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)

Many organizations rely increasingly on external funding to expand the scope of their research and educational programs. This workshop will help participants turn a bright idea into a fundable project, and then match that project with the funders that want to make it happen.

Please bring at least one idea for an ag-related grant project.
Contact Nevin Dawson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 410-479-4030 with questions. 

  • 9:30 Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome & Introduction
    • Nevin Dawson, Univ. of MD Extension & Stephanie Ritchie, Nat. Ag. Lib.
  • 10:15 Idea selection and development
    • Real world problems; the “So what?” test; literature review
  • 10:30 The Proposal
    • John Lea-Cox, Univ. of MD Extension
    • Background reading; the budget; methodology; planning for outcomes/impacts; evaluation; team selection; logic model; data management plan; justification
  • 11:30 Research Methods and Design
    • John Lea-Cox, University of MD Extension
    • Statistical significance; treatments; replicates; randomization; plot design
  • 12:00 Working Lunch
    • Group activity: idea development
  • 1:00 Grant program opportunities: Meeting Your Match
    • Jill Auburn, Nat. Inst. of Food and Ag. & Stephanie Ritchie, Nat. Ag. Lib.
  • 1:45 Wrap-up and evaluation
  • 2:00 Adjourn



Tuesday, April 22, 2014
National Food Policy Conference (9:00 am)

Tues, April 22nd and Wed, April 23rd: National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Link: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=NATI522E&OID=110




Wednesday, April 23, 2014
National Food Policy Conference (9:00 am)

Tues, April 22nd and Wed, April 23rd: National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Link: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=NATI522E&OID=110




"Starting A Small, Intensive Commercial Farm For Local Markets" Workshop Series (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

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.

Registration is required! Please register by January 27, 2014

Registration for all 9 Rural workshops - $40
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 pm, January 29 - March 26
Location: Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture (1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030)

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)

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. Please register by January 27, 2014!

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.




Friday, April 25, 2014
Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit On Food And Health (9:00 am - 10:00 am)

Fri, April 25th: Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit on Food and Health at the CAFB in Washington, D.C. Link: http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/summit/




Saturday, April 26, 2014
Centro Ashé Grassroots Herbal Intensive (All Day)

Grassroots Herbal Program
Re-Localizing Our Medicine
April ~ September, One Weekend Monthly
Bryans Road, MD

 

 

Centro Ashé is excited to offer our  Grassroots Herbal and Holistic Wellness Program, a community based herbal program - we're dedicated to putting herbal medicine in the hands of the people!  This program offers our community a chance to explore folk herbalism from various traditions, and to understand natures ability to support our health, strength, and vitality.  The series is an introduction and includes herbal fundamentals, North American and Mid-Atlantic medicinal plants (and others), practical and therapeutic applications of herbs,  body system therapeutics, nutritional healing, herbal preparations and medicine making, creating sacred space using herbs, guided meditation, harvesting and wild crafting plants, permaculture and herbal gardening, herbal energetics and more. You will receive expert instruction from the abundance of local, expert knowledge. 
Class Session Topics:
- Herbal Healing Traditions 
- Medicinal Plants and Plant Walks!
- Fermentation
- Nourishing Herbs
- Herbal Gardening & Permaculture
- Herbal Therapeutics
- Plant Allies ~ Plant Spirit Medicine
- Herbal Rituals
- Herbal Medicine Making 
- Herbal Body Care
- Nutritional Healing
- Kitchen Herbalism
 
The Grassroots Herbal Program Is:
~ For individuals with an interest in herbal and nutritional wellness and self care.  
~ Focused on empowering participants with basic knowledge and information on holistic health and self care.
~ Taught by skilled experts in areas of holistic health, herbs, nutrition, energy healing and more.
~ Is designed to give you practical skills as well as basic theoretical background on how to incorporate holistic wellness into your life, how to incorporate herbs into your diet and how to make basic herbal remedies.


Contact Info : www.centroashe.org Email : info@centroashe.org Url: http://www.centroashe.org
Move That Livestock 2014 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Homer Walden of Sunnyside Farm is offering a full day, build a pen workshop on the farm. Includes light meals and snacks.

A materials list will be sent out when registration closes, and each student brings their materials along to actually build and take it home at the end of day. Only 8 spots are available, so register now!

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-that-livestock-2014-tickets-10467282925




Monday, April 28, 2014
Chesapeake CRAFT - Whiffletree Farm (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Chesapeake CRAFT

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

Guess what?! The 2014 CRAFT farm tour schedule is finalized! We are excited to welcome new farms to the list and visit some old favorites! Tours take place on Mondays throughout the season starting at 3:30. Tours are followed by a potluck and socializing! We encourage all participants to bring a dish to share and get to know their regional farmers! Here's where you can find us this year:

April 7 EcoCity (Edmonston, MD)

April 28 Whiffletree Farm (Warrenton, VA)

May 19 Wheatland Day with CASA–Moutoux Orchard, Potomac Vegetable Farm and Greenstone Fields (Purcellville, VA)

June 9 Rocklands (Poolesville, MD)

June 30 Red Wiggler Conference (Germantown, MD)

July 21 The Farm at Sunnyside (Washington, VA)

Aug 11 One Straw Farm (White Hall, MD)

Sept 8 Whitmore Farm  with CASA (Emmitsburg, MD)

Sept 29 Lost Corner (Leesburg, VA)

Oct 20 Waterpenny and Heritage Hollow (Sperryville, VA)

Want to join Chesapeake CRAFT? E-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details or show up at an event and join there! You can also join our waiting list for updates! 




Wednesday, April 30, 2014
VA Hunger Solutions 1st Annual Conference (9:00 am - 10:00 am)

 Fri, April 30th: VA Hunger Solutions 1st Annual Conference in Richmond, VA. Link: http://www.vplc.org/2014vpl-antihungerconference/




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