$10 – $60

Workshop Series: Starting a Small Farm (Delmarva)

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Chesapeake College

1000 College Circle

Wye Mills, MD 21679

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In this 10-part workshop series for beginning farmers, we will explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that apply to a variety of agricultural operations, including vegetable and fruit production. The below topics are proven, essential components for ensuring farm profitability.


  • Session 1, January 24: Course Orientation & Farmer Panel with Aleya Fraser, Farmer, Black Dirt Farm Collective, Preston, MD and Lisa Garfield, Farmer and Plant and Soil Science Graduate Student, Calliope Farm, Salisbury, MD

  • Session 2, January 31: Financial Management with Lisa Cunningham, Farm Credit and Emmalea Garver Ernest, Vegetable and Fruit Specialist, UDEL Extension

  • Session 3, February 7: Transplant Production and Season Extension with Hattie Allen, Farmer, Hattie’s Garden, Lewes, DE and Gordon Johnson, Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UDEL Extension

  • Session 4, February 14: Marketing with Shannon Dill, Marketing & Farm Business Expert, UMD Extension

  • Session 5, February 21: Food Safety with Lindsay Gilmour, GAP Food Safety Expert, Chesapeake Harvest

  • Session 6, February 28: Managing Soil Health and Cover Crops with Lisa Garfield, Farmer, Calliope Farm, Salisbury, MD, and Nevin Dawson, Sustainability Coordinator with UMD Extension

  • Session 7, March 7: Small Farm Equipment with James Adkins, Irrigation Engineer, UDEL Extension and with info via Kathleen Moss, Foxbriar Farm, Salisbury, MD [PLUS] Starting a Livestock Enterprise with Dan Severson, Agricultural Extension Agent, UDEL Extension

  • Session 8, March 14: Integrated Pest Management with Lynda and Stephen Blade, Farmers, Blades Orchards, Federalsburg, MD and Emily Zobel, Entomologist, UMD Extension

  • Session 9, March 21: Crop Rotation and Crop Planning with Jay Martin, Providence Farm, Bivalve, MD and Gordon Johnson, Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UDEL Extension

  • Session 10, March 28: Beginning Farmer Panel on Business Planning and Land Access (Note: this session may be offered by webcast only)


Please note, pre-registration is required. You must register at least 1-week before any session you would like to attend. If there are not enough participants registered 1-week prior to a session, the in-person session may be canceled and a remote webcast viewing option will be offered instead.

The series will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in the Health Professions and Athletics Center, Room 139, Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir Wye Mills, MD 21679. Starting January 24, 2018 and ending on March 28, 2018.

$10 per session or $60 for the whole series. Those who register for the entire course will have access to a course website with supplemental lessons. More farmer, extension, and specialist speakers will be announced on this page as they are confirmed.

Questions? Contact Future Harvest CASA Delmarva Program Manager, Niamh Shortt, at niamh@futureharvestcasa.org, 443-880-1247.



This program is a collaborative effort between University of Maryland Extension and Future Harvest CASA’s 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.

The University of Maryland Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs. If you need special accommodations, please call 410-887-8090at least two weeks in advance or for more information.
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