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USDA Announces More than $22 Million in Conservation Innovation

June 8, 2017 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the agency will award more than $22.6 million to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. The agency is investing in 33 projects nationwide through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which helps develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Public and private grantees - including non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribes, academic institutions and local government entities - will leverage the federal investment by at least matching it. Read more @:

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 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?

Teaching Garden

Kelly Meyer
The TEACHING GARDEN ™ is a place where students, teachers, parents and community members come together to plant a garden, learn about nutrition and the importance of physical fitness, and pass on their knowledge to others. Starting your own garden is fun and surprisingly easy.

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.

FARM FIELD DAY at Greenbranch Farm

Event Date: 
05/14/2011 - 9:00am

This field day is held on Green Branch Farm, 5075 Nutter’s Crossroad, Salisbury MD. The day will start at 9:30. This is a certified organic farm featuring an on farm store, CSA, grass finished beef and pastured pork and poultry. There will be wide ranging discussion from Ted Wycall’s (the owner) farming philosophy to appropriately scaled equipment, soil building to a roundtable discussion by farmers who direct market. The afternoon will offer insight into and a tour of the farm’s pasture based meat system. The high tunnel and greenhouse will be open.
Preregistration is required. Sign in will begin at 9:00 at the farm. There is a $10.00 per person charge or $15.00 per family which includes lunch from food grown on the farm.
The Small Farm Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Future Harvest CASA are host for the day. To register or for additional information please contact Alice Chambers, 443-243-2998, or Erroll Mattox 410-651-6206, .


Event Date: 
04/09/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

This high tunnel is in its first year of production. The farmer will discuss management issues of growing in the cold months. The economics of high tunnel production as well as alternative crop choices will be presented. USDA Natural Resources and Conservation will describe programs they offer relating to high tunnels. The event is from 10:00 until 12:00 at Woodland Harvest Farm, 4091 Woodland Ferry Rd Seaford De.

Soil Science Course

This course is designed to increase you knowledge of soils, the life forms that live in the soil and how to improve the soil. The cost for the course is $10.00. This includes lunch on April 2nd and materials for all sessions. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required.

Saturday April 2nd
Gordon Johnson, University of Delaware Extension and farmer, will discuss the basics of soils and soil science. This course will be offered at the Food Science Technology Building on the UMES Campus. The session will run from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Wednesdays April 6th and 13th
Ted Wycall, a local farmer, will discuss cover cropping systems, how to improve the soil and interpreting soil test results. These sessions are offered at the Richard Henson Center, Room 1111, on the UMES Campus from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.

Wednesdays April 20th and 27
Bessie Green, UMES Researcher, will talk about the life forms, microbes and animals, living in the soils. She will discuss methods to increase the beneficial forms and manage the ‘bad guys’. These sessions are offered at the Richard Henson Center, Room 1111 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.

For additional information on any event and to preregister, contact Erroll Mattox, or call 410-651-6206.

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