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Foodshed Field School

The Foodshed Field School operates without bricks and mortar, offering hands-on, peer-to-peer educational programming on farms and at food businesses across the Chesapeake region.

Who is it for?

The Foodshed Field School offers farmer education on the latest innovations in sustainable growing. It also provides programming for farmers’ customers – chefs, wholesalers, grocery stores, individual consumers – on how and where to source sustainably and locally grown food. Our programs range from introductory to advanced, and come in a variety of formats: panel discussions, field days, intensives, workshops, and even a year-long, intensive Beginner Farmer Training Program.

The field school begins each year with our annual winter conference, and then continues throughout the year, throughout the region: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Five of the seven topic tracks covered at the conference are continued in the field. Below is our list of tracks:

  • Sustainable fruit and vegetable production
  • Sustainable livestock production
  • Business planning for farms and foodpreneurs
  • Made Local: workshops about value-added products, like jams, charcuterie and more
  • Sourcing Local: workshops for chefs and consumers

Visit our current listing of field programs here.  All programming and the winter conference are open to the public; members receive steep discounts on fees and registration.  

Have an idea for a field event? Submit it here