About the Conference

 

As November approaches, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Program gears up for their annual Small Farm Conference. This event has successfully provided outreach and training to 600+ participants (beginning, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged farmers and landowners and others) since the conference first initiated in 2003.  The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue where participants can come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

We truly enjoyed being able to continue to provide you with our annual conference last year, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 did not prevent the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension from holding its 17th annual Small Farm Conference on November 6th – 7th. This year, our 18th annual Small Farm Conference will prove to be just as extraordinary! 

Last years conference was driven by these statements, “During these challenging times, farmers need our support more than ever. The conference has been instrumental in keeping them abreast of agricultural resources and strategies that can improve their farm operations over the past 16 years,” said Berran Rogers Jr., event chair and coordinator for UMES’ Small Farm Program. “It was therefore decided that we restructure this year’s program to meet necessary guidelines and continue to provide this essential service to our stakeholders.”

Day one of the conference featured an opportunity for registrants to choose one morning and one afternoon field tour or a demonstration workshop. Participation was limited to ensure social distancing and necessary precautions, and we were still able to provide quality programming.

On Day two, all workshops were offered virtually.  Registrants had the opportunity to select two out of the six different workshops offered under the following educational tracks: Alternative Agriculture, Farm Business and Marketing, and Sustainable Farm Systems. The day ended with afternoon roundtable discussions centered around trending topics.

Stay tuned for information concerning the 18th Annual Small Farm Conference!