13th Annual Small Farm Conference

Friday, November 11th & Saturday, November 12, 2016


PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 20, 2016) — Former U.S. Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest is keynote speaker for the 13th annual Small Farm Conference to be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12. An event that is popular on the Lower Eastern Shore and beyond, the two-day conference promises up-to-the-minute, practical information for ag related ventures among farmers, landowners, entrepreneurs, aspiring small business owners and supporters of agriculture.

Entrepreneurship training and one-on-one business coaching, an outcome of a series of summer listening sessions, are parts of the conference highlights along with the popular food preservation classes. Friday afternoon workshops and tours include lessons on honey bee yard production, sheep and goat management, freezing & dehydrating for food preservation and tools for the business entrepreneur.  A networking reception rounds out the day.

For Saturday’s sessions, a variety of speakers and well-planned workshops are set to address innovative concepts concerning alternative agriculture, farm business and marketing, and beginning farmers. Workshop topics for the alternative agriculture track include the production of HOPS, ginger and turmeric, and getting into the mushroom business.  Bridging the gap between growers and buyers, fine-tuning a food entrepreneurship game plan and direct marketing are a part of the farm business and marketing track.  Farm site selection and soil suitability, choosing what to produce, and budgeting and financing options for new farmers are sessions reserved for the beginning farmer track.

To register online for the 13th annual Small Farm Conference, visit umessfc2016.eventbrite.com by Monday, November 7. Save money with the Early Bird Special by registering on or before Thursday, October 20. For more information, contact Berran Rogers at 410-651-6693 or Michele Howard (mlhoward@umes.edu) at 410-651-6070.  More information about the conference can be found at www.umes.edu/sans or www.umessmallfarm.com.

Stay tuned for keynote speaker, workshop topics and registration information.  Be sure to like us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/UMESExtension.


Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, UMES – University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084, sstreet@umes.edu.

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