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Foodshed Field School

It's all about building community, knowledge, and skills for a better regional food system.

The Field School operates without bricks and mortar, bringing learning and community building into the field. We partner with the Chesapeake region's leading farmers, researchers, and technical service providers to showcase both tried and true and innovative farming practices that increase profitability and efficiency while being gentler to the Earth and one another. Our farmer members are motivated by a desire to grow healthy food using Earth-friendly practices to nourish ourselves, our communities, and to celebrate abundance, hard work, community, and the fruits of our labor: good food, beautiful flowers, and tasty beverages!

The Field School offers farmer education on the latest innovations in sustainable growing. 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. Each year begins with our annual Winter Conference and then continues throughout the year, throughout the region: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

We cover a long and ever-changing list of topic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Sustainable fruit and vegetable production
  • Sustainable livestock production
  • Business planning for farms and foodpreneurs
  • Land access and food sovereignty
  • And more! Cut flowers, small grains, tree fruit, mushrooms...

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.  

Photos from previous Field Days


Have an idea for a field event or a question? Contact us!

Niamh Shortt
Field School Director