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Future Harvest - A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

 

Future Harvest CASA is a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC. Future Harvest CASA promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities. Read more about who we are and how to contact and support us. 


Future Harvest CASA Events

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  • April 9, 16, and 23, 2014 - Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets Urban Workshop Series (Baltimore, MD)
  • May 7 - Urban Farming Tours at Big City Farms, Whitelock Community Farm, and Spike Gjierd's Parts & Labor Restaurant (Baltimore, MD)
  • May 19 - Choose-Your-Tour at Wheatland (Purcellville, VA)
 
Farmer Resources

Future Harvest CASA Posts Resource List for Land Linking Farmers and Landowners

Farmers and landowners alike need resources that will link them together for mutual benefit. Farmers may find that the purchasing cost of land is prohibitive and is a major barrier to getting started. At the same time, many landowners have viable land they are not farming and which they would like to see put into productive use. When landowners partner with farmers, both parties reap the economic, environmental, and personal benefits. Use this resource list to make connections that will help you lease your land or start your farm!


As a Farmer in the Shenandoah Valley and Chesapeake Bay area, your help is needed!
Food system infrastructure includes facilities and resources that support a food system such as shared-use kitchens, food processing and packaging equipment, and food storage. Improved access to these resources is necessary to the sustainability and growth of the Shenandoah Valley and Chesapeake Bay's food system.
A survey is being conducted to guide planning and investment in food system resources. What food system equipment do you have? What type of facilities would you like to have access to? Where should it be located?
How you can help: Share your thoughts and opinions by completing our online survey. This survey should take you no more than about 15 minutes to complete.
This study is being supported by the Valley Conservation Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension. As thanks for sharing your opinions, enter to win 1 of 5 $100 pre-paid Visa gift cards. (Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 55.) Also, study results will be forwarded to those who are interested. To participate, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/p2mhyn2 before April 25, 2014.

Future Harvest CASA to Update Amazing Grazing Directory!

Future Harvest CASA is in the process of updating our Amazing Grazing Directory of pasture-based farms in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia in 2014. We continue to add new farms and products, and encourage you to join Future Harvest-CASA and be part of our most requested publication! Please follow this link to download PDF documents with more information, as well as to access the form to submit your farm's information to be included in the directory. Check out an article about farms that are listed in the Amazing Grazing directory from the Baltimore Sun here!

Beginning Farmer Success

The Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success builds on existing Extension resources and partnerships with regional nonprofits (including Future Harvest CASA), agricultural organizations, and experienced farmers to provide beginning farmers with easily accessible tools and practical, experience-based training in farm production, marketing, land management, business planning, and financial resources.

Maryland Farm-to-Table Produce

Maryland Farm-To-Table Produce is an online market where farmers list all of their available produce on our website. Chefs view available produce from multiple farms and place their order. The farmers then deliver the ordered produce to one central location and from there it is delivered to the restaurants. It's a simple and easy way to buy and sell the best and freshest local produce available.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
  • Loan Guarantee Helps Rural Coop, Foodways Thrive
    This is the first of a two-part series on participants in the USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantee (B&I) Program’s Local and Regional Food Enterprise Initiative, a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill championed by NSAC and reaffirmed by Congress in the new 2014 Farm Bill. Small food and farm businesses in rural areas foster […]
 

CASA Notes - An archive of our bimonthly email newsletter.

Eat Fresh Maryland Farmers Market Network - Collaboration and joint marketing efforts among Maryland farmers markets accepting federal nutrition benefits.

Job/Land Bulletin Board - Future Harvest CASA members may post help wanted, for sale, and other farm-related announcements. All are welcome to browse the listings.

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    Maryland Grazers Network - A mentorship program that pairs experienced livestock, dairy, sheep and poultry
    producers with farmers who want to learn new grazing skills. 

    Topic of Interest Groups - Free Google groups foster the exchange of peer-to-peer information on specific areas of
    sustainable agriculture practice.

Web Links - Links to information on a variety of topics from technical information on sustainable agriculture practices, to farm business planning and marketing, issues and advocacy.

 

 
Consumer Resources

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Amazing Grazing Directory  

Search the Amazing Grazing directory to find grass-based farms that sell meat, poultry, dairy and eggs direct to consumers or print the pdf.

 

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We asked farmers which restaurants buy from them consistently and are committed to supporting local producers. Check out the listings online or print the pdf. If you know a restaurant that should be here, send this link to their farmer-suppliers so they can be added.

Also check out a list of online resources about sustainable agriculture and sources for sustainably grown food, as well as our online bookstore from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Meet Your Farmers

Check out our profiles of some local farmers and active members of Future Harvest CASA!