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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.

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.

UMES Small Farm Series

Small farmers on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland can bank on the benefits a series of upcoming events for the month of April will bring. Beginning Saturday, April 2, and every Saturday thereafter until Saturday, April 23, the Small Farm Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will host informative, hands-on workshops and field days.

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.

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