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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: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/beginningfarmersandranchers.cfm

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!

Nice Farms Creamery

Robert Miller

Nice Farms Creamery, LLC is located on the 201 acre Miller and Tanner Dairy Farm in American Corner, Maryland. This Creamery is owned and operated by Bob Miller. The dairy farm has been in operation in Caroline County since 1989 when Bob's parents, Robert R. Miller and Chase Tanner relocated their dairy cows from New Jersey. For 20 years, the herd has been pastured on 118 acres.

These cows, Holsteins and Holstein crosses, produce high quality, all natural milk for the Creamery's yogurt and Cream-line milk products produced on site. Browse our website to learn more about the Creamery's Products, Community Supported Agriculture on the Eastern Shore, benefits of milk from pastured cows, and more about one of the few remaining small, family operated dairies left on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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}

Sustainable Farming Twilight Meeting

Aaron Cooper

Come join us to see how USDA-ARS on-farm research is using cover crops, poultry litter, and tillage practices in more economically and environmentally sustainable systems. Learn how you can capitalize on the growing interest in local, sustainable, and organic markets.

Mt. Hermon Plow Days

Event Date: 
04/02/2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Where: 31493 Mt. Hermon Road near Salisbury

Admission: Free, Donations appreciated

Website: http://adkinsfarmmarket.com/www.adkinsfarmmarket.com/Plow%20Days.html

Locavore Lit Fest

Event Date: 
03/25/2011 - 11:30am - 03/26/2011 - 3:00pm

Kick off the local food season with the Chestertown Locavore Lit Fest, Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26. Food authors ranging from local bloggers to nationally proclaimed journalists will speak about local foods, agriculture, fishing, and the joys of eating. The event kicks off Friday night with a lecture on the morality, health, and environmental aspects of eating with author Lierre Keith, The Vegetarian Myth, at Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College.

On Saturday, after your visit to the farmers' market, make your way downtown to the Bookplate for a panel on how local authors were inspired to begin writing about food, featuring Chestertown Spy Garden & Food Contributing Editor Nancy Robson and local bloggers Aundra Weissert and Tara Holste. Afterward, stay for Lucie Snodgrass, author of Dishing Up Maryland, and then head down to Compleat Booksellers for NPR Food Commentator Bonny Wolf.

Take a lunch break in one of the many downtown Chestertown restaurants, then join us in the afternoon for New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food for a talk about how our love of seafood has influenced the history of four species of fish.
Sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, the Washington College Anthropology Club, Chestertown Natural Foods, the Chestertown Spy and LESSON. Please contact 410-810-7162 or tholste2@washcoll.edu for more information. All events are free and open to the public. Visit http://ces.washcoll.edu for a complete schedule!

Farm Food Voices Day

Event Date: 
03/16/2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Mark your calendars for March 16, 2011 and plan to make your voice heard at the 5th annual Farm Food Voices DC. Join a coalition of organizations, local food advocates, and small family farmers from across the country to lobby federal legislators on local food and food sovereignty. For all those fans out there, JOEL SALATIN will be the emcee of this event!!! The reception (12-2PM) will feature a number of distinguished speakers, and great local foods! Find out more details at http://www.nicfa.com/ or http://www.farmfoodvoicesdc.com/.

20th Annual MOFFA Winter Meeting

Event Date: 
02/19/2011 (All day)

What do oysters and honey have in common? They are two of the diverse agricultural products that come from Maryland! You can learn more from Maryland producers at the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association Winter Meeting: Focusing on diversity of farms and showcasing the variety of agricultural enterprises in Maryland. Whether you are a consumer or distributor looking for good sources of local organic food, or a farmer or gardener in search of new ideas, techniques and inspiration, the MOFFA Winter Meeting has something for you. Come on out
and join us!

Permaculture Institute

Located near Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Permaculture Institute was founded in 1997 as the sister organization to the Permaculture Institute of Australia. It came on the footsteps of the Permaculture Drylands Institute, formerly the leading permaculture educational institution in the US. Our mission is to promote sustainable living skills through education, networking and demonstration projects. We facilitate networking among permaculture groups and projects in NM/Southwestern region and beyond. Joining FarmLINK is easy!

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