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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

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}

Start the Season with a Gift to the Medora Harvest Fund

As you are preparing your garden and deciding on your next CSA share, consider making a gift of support to the Medora Harvest Fund.

Your contribution to the Medora Harvest Fund helps provide families in need with access to fresh, organic produce from local farms and Community Supported Agriculture. In addition, your tax-deductible contribution supports local farmers.

LESSON will use your donation to fund the purchase of a share from the farm of your choice, or for a family who you have identified.

The Medora Harvest Fund was founded in honor of Medora Cockey, an organic farming enthusiast who was an inspiration to her family, friends and the farming community.

It's that time of year!

Looking for fresh, local, and sustainably grown food?Click on 'Local Food', the green tab above, to find a farm or farmer near you. CSA's are listed too!

Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm

TAKE PART: Farmer-Veteran Coalition Heals Vets Down on the Organic Farm
What if there were a way to help our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans re-enter society and find a career they loved that also healed the trauma of combat?

Michael O'Gorman, one of the pioneers of the organic food movement and founder of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, may have done just that—through the rejuvenating power of growing delicious and healthy food.

A father of a young veteran, O'Gorman started the Farmer-Veteran Coalition after he learned that many men and women from rural and farming communities were entering the army. When they came back, they were left with trauma and a lack of employment opportunities.

O’Gorman says, "We thought, not only can we help them find jobs, new ways to farm and rejuvenate the income in rural America, we could also help solve America’s need for more farmers and for food security.”

The idea is working . . .

Farmers' Markets – A Resurgence of Community

Farmers' markets are important to the concept of sustainable living in communities for many reasons - here are just a few:

  • energy consumed in transporting food is minimized when we buy locally grown produce, and meats,

  • farmers'markets are a resource for food grown with minimal or no petroleum-based pesticides,

  • we have the opportunity to ask the farmer questions about his or her growing practices,

  • and they provide a forum for interacting with our neighbors.

Look for those farmers who offer local, seasonal, organically or naturally grown products. If the farm market vendors do not advertise this, please ask how and where the products are grown.

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by Dr. Radut