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Starting a Small Farm Workshop Series: Pest Management

Explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm in this 10-part training for beginning farmers. Topics apply to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit and vegetable production. Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm through April 4th, 2018. $10 per session or $60 for the whole series. The series is available in three locations:

  1. The Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD. Register here or call 410-856-1850 ext. 123
  2. Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD Health Professions and Athletics Building. Register here. 
  3. University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Building 44, Room 219, Washington, DC. 6:00-9:00 pm. Register here.

The topics featured in this workshop series have proven to be essential components for ensuring farm profitability. This program is a collaborative effort between University of Maryland Extension and Future Harvest CASA’s new Chesapeake Foodshed Field School and Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP). Additional partners include Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, and several agricultural professionals and successful farmers in the region, including graduates of the BFTP.  

January 24

Series kick-off: Assessing farmland and farmer panel
Assessing farmland taught by Eric Hines, USDA-NRCS
Farmer panel: Jack Gurley, Calvert’s Gift Farm, and Elisa Lane, Whitelock Community Farm and Two Boots Farm

January 31
Marketing Essentials: A Key to Farm Success
Taught by Ginger Myers, Ag Marketing Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

Transplant production
Taught by Denise Sharp, Sharp’s Farm

February 14 
Financial Management for Highly Effective Small Farmers
Taught by Dale Johnson, Farm Management Extension Agent, University of Maryland Extension 
Farmer speaker TBA

February 21
Basic food safety practices and certifications for small farms
Taught by Dr. Shauna Henley, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension
Farmer speaker to TBA

February 28
Understanding a soil test report
Taught by Neith Little, Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension, and Bryan Alexander, Good Dog Farm

March 7
Small farm equipment
Taught by Chuck Schuster, Agricultural Extension Agent, University of Maryland Extension and Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics

March 14
Learn and apply pest management strategies
Taught by Andy Kness, Agricultural Extension Agent; Peter Coffey, Small Farm and Alternative Agriculture Educator, University of Maryland Extension; and Jack Gurley, Calvert’s Gift Farm

March 21
Crop rotation and crop planning
Taught by Greg Strella, Pearlstone Center and Neith Little, Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension

March 28
Beginning farmer experiences panel on business planning and land access
Farmer panel: Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm and Alison Worman, Whitelock Community Farm

April 4
Transplant production
Taught by Denise Sharp, Sharp’s Farm

The University of Maryland Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs

If you need special accommodations, please call 410-887-8090 at least two weeks in advance or for more information.