Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program is now Accepting Applications for Trainers and Trainees!
FHCASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP) is a comprehensive, year-long experience designed for farmers who are ready to launch their farms in the Chesapeake region. Please click here for more information and to access the online applications for both trainees and trainers.
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!
Chelsea Green Pubishing is offering a limited-time, 35% discount on four of their newest releases. This special offer ends October 16th.
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.
Farm to Chef is a local culinary competition that benefits Days of Taste. Thirty of the most talented Maryland Chefs will be paired with thirty local Farms to create innovative dishes for guests to enjoy.
Landowners who want to protect their land may be eligible to take advantage of the 2013 Enhanced Federal Income Tax Deduction if they donate a qualified conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust or a local land trust. This incentive provides significant tax benefits, but is set to expire December 31, 2013. Full time farmers may be eligible for increased tax benefits.
New Financing Programs for Small/Urban Farms
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.
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.