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As an education and charitable 501(c)(3), LESSON's mission is to support a safe, just, sustainable and local food system for the Delmarva Peninsula. Our programs and projects seek to create socially responsible, durable relationships and practices that protect our environment as they ensure economic viability of local farms and farmers. Join us; work with us to achieve social equity and justice for those who live, work, and eat on the Delmarva Peninsula.       Welcome to our home

Healthy Farms, Healthy Communities

a field day exploring opportunities for expanding institutional sourcing from local, sustainable farms. This is an on-farm field day at Holterholm Farms in Jefferson, MD, a certified organic, pasture-based dairy farm that participates in the Organic Valley Co-op.
May 21st, 10 AM-1 PM   This field day is brought to you by Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment’s Chesapeake Food Leadership Council and Future Harvest. The CFLC supports strategic goals focused on collaboration and alignment of activities to promote healthy communities, healthy people and building a robust, sustainable Chesapeake foodshed.

American Ginseng prized root-crop at Lunar New Year

Hong Kong residents seek out American Ginseng for its high levels of active ingredient and strong flavor, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fewer than 200 growers produce 700,000 lbs. of the root annually.
Is every Lunar New Year an 'organic' opportunity for Eastern Shore growers?

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)

The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are: the rising average age of U.S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.
Due Date for applications is March 13, 2015
USDA NIFA grant info:

2014 Field Days and Events - Future Harvest

September 30, 2014!
Hops Production, Distribution, and Marketing

Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-9:00 pm
Corcoran Brewing Company, 205 E. Hirst Rd. Purcellville, VA 20132
$20 for FHCASA members; $40 for non-members.

Farmers, brewers, and anyone interested in craft beer is invited to join Future Harvest at Corcoran Brewing Company to learn the basics of hops production as well as distribution and marketing techniques to sell hops locally and regionally.

Urban Farming Tours at Big City Farms, Whitelock Community Farm, and Spike Gjerde's Parts & Labor Restaurant

Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 Big City Farms - Strength to Love - 1828 Lorman St, Baltimore, MD 21217 (4:00 pm)
 Whitelock Community Farm - 930 Whitelock St, Baltimore, MD 21217 (5:15 pm)
 Parts & Labor Restaurant - 2600 N Howard St Baltimore, MD 21218 (6:30 pm)

Click here to view the flyer for this event!

Urban Agriculture Summit - Nourishing Our Cities’ Future

Monday April 14 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lynchburg, Va
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit, Nourishing Our Cities’ Future
Dan Susman’s film: "Growing Cities-A Film About Urban Farming in America"
 Agriculture in America's Cities & Towns
 Fostering Urban Agriculture through Brownfield Redevelopment - Ann Carroll, EPA
 Food Deserts & Food Access, Turning Challenges into Opportunities
 Panel 1 - Urban Agriculture and City Government in the Year 2014
 Panel II - Urban Food Systems and Opportunities for Economic Development
 Panel III - Health, Nutritional and Social Aspects of Urban Agriculture
 The Future of Urban Ag? What is the Role of the Land Grant Universities?

Joel Salatin: Author, Environmentalist, Capitalist & Lunatic Farmer

Saturday, March 8 - 7pm
Lecture:An Evening with Joel Salatin
Perdue Hall, Bennett Family Auditorium, Salisbury University
Best-selling author and sustainable farming guru Salatin is a third generation farmer and author of eight books. His farm achieved iconic status when featured in Michael Pollans Omnivores Dilemma and the award winning film documentary Food Inc. Salatin has been described by The New York Times as Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library and the Environmental Studies Department.
more information contact Rachael Stein at 410-742-1537

15th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference - Future Harvest

January 17 & 18, 2014!
Pre-Conference Workshops & General Sessions

Join us Friday morning for intensive workshops, on-site at UMUC Marriott, to start off the Conference. Pre-conference workshops are free with conference registration unless a materials fee is noted. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you have already registered for the conference, and want to add a Pre-Conference Workshop to your schedule, please send an email to

General Sessions - Keynote, Local Food Celebration and Auction, Farmer Panel

Track 1 - Beginning Farmers
Track 2 - Scaling Up
Track 3 - Grass-Based Systems
Track 4 - Local Food Communities
Track 5 - Fruit and Vegetable Production
Track 6 - The Business of Farming

10th Annual Small Farm Conference --- Nov 8-9, 2013

Sustaining Small Farms . . . 360 degrees
What this conference is about: The purpose of this two-day educational conference is to provide a venue for farmers, landowners and supporters of agriculture to come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

New opportunities for organic and biodynamic farming

On August 1, 2013, experts in organic and biodynamic agriculture from Demeter USA, North Carolina State University, Brad’s Raw Chips and Rodale Institute will be presenting on growing Biodynamically in Mills River, North Carolina. Catch Rodale's executive director Coach Mark Smallwood as he talks about healthy soil = healthy food = healthy people and some of our new biodynamic research projects. {see more at Rodale}
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Educational opportunity on a small biodynamic farm /garden

I am seeking volunteers to help in our biodynamic gardens . I have gardened organically for over 50 years you can learn about composting, biodynamic gardening techniques, pruning, seed starting and saving
(302) 846-2571

_Stuffed and Starved_ by Raj Patel

2007 book by former policy analyst for Food First, the book is a fascinating introduction to the bottleneck in the global food 'industry' that explains the food riots in the developing world.

by Dr. Radut