Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Course

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Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Course

A blended in person and online course covering the foundational topics an aspiring farmer in Maryland should know.

By University of Maryland Extension

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This course is designed for people in Maryland who are considering or in the beginning stages of starting a farm as a business. Topics covered will include business planning, marketing, crop production, livestock husbandry, soil health, pest management, food safety, and regulations and certifications. Additional elective resources will cover more specialized topics, such as organic production, urban agriculture, and direct marketing to local customers. Students will learn from over 14 speakers, including agricultural Extension educators, farmers, and agricultural industry professionals.

This 10-week course will be offered in a blended in-person and online format.

  • The class will meet on Thursday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 pm, from February 2 through April 6, 2023.
  • The course kick-off session on February 2 and the final class and graduation ceremony on April 6 will be held in person. Small groups of students will meet in person at one of several locations across the state of Maryland, in either Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Charles County.
  • In weeks 2 through 9 of the course, students will complete at-your-own pace homework on the course website on and will meet online each Thursday from 7 to 8:30pm for a live class using the software Zoom.

This course does not provide college credit or an exam-based certification. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate stating that they completed the course requirements. To complete the course, students will need to both attend the weekly class and complete weekly homework on the course website.

By actively engaging in this program, participants will

  • Understand each of the topics covered at a beginner’s level, so they will be prepared to take more advanced trainings in future.
  • Decide what they need to learn more about next to launch their farm business.

Topics covered:

  • Marketing
  • Financial planning
  • Soil health
  • Licenses, permits, and certifications
  • Food safety
  • Integrated pest management
  • Acquiring land and zoning
  • Specialty crops

Two course textbooks will be used, with supplementary readings and videos from additional sources. Both course textbooks are available for free digitally. Hard-copies of the course textbooks can be picked up at the Feb 2 in-person kick-off session.

Course registration is $65 plus eventbrite fees. Two people from the same family/couple may attend the course under one registration, if they are willing to share the hardcopy textbook.

If the registration fee is is a financial barrier, please fill out this scholarship application:

Learn more about resources offered by University of Maryland Extension on our website here:

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If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact Neith Little by phone at 410-856-1850 x 122 or by email at

Los programas, actividades e instalaciones de la universidad están disponibles para todos sin distinción de raza, color, sexo, identidad o expresión de género, orientación sexual, estado civil, edad, origen nacional, afiliación política, discapacidad física o mental, religión, estado de veterano protegido, información genética, apariencia personal o cualquier otra clase legalmente protegida.

Si necesita adaptaciones razonables para participar en cualquier evento o actividad, comuníquese con Neith Little a numero telephono 410-856-1850 x122 o a correo electronico



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