PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — On Nov. 1, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, in partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will hold the first-ever FHCASA Delmarva Soil Summit. A full day of learning and networking for farmers, ag service providers and soil health enthusiasts; this summit will feature Delmarva farmers and other regional soil experts presenting on the latest practices and innovations in soil health and fertility.
“The Delmarva Soil Summit will have something for everyone, from small-scale diversified farmers to large-scale grain producers, ag service professionals, researchers and others interested in the health of Delmarva’s soils,” said Niamh Shortt, Delmarva Program Manager. “This is a great opportunity for all farmers, no matter the farm size or type, to converge and discuss soil health best practices — what’s working, what’s not and the research or support still needed.”
The Delmarva Soil Summit will be held on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md. The summit will precede the annual University of Maryland Eastern Shore Small Farm Conference, held this year on Nov. 2-3 in the same location.
Delmarva Soil Summit tickets are $35 for FHCASA Members and $45 for non-members; registration can be found here. A limited number of scholarships are available and applications are due Oct. 15. All inquiries should be directed to Niamh Shortt, Delmarva Program Manager, at email@example.com. To attend both the Delmarva Soil Summit and the UMES Small Farms Conference, a bundled, discounted ticket package for the Delmarva Soil Summit and Small Farm Conference is available for attendees of both events.
- Soil Health Principles with guru Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit.
- Delmarva Soils with the man responsible for classifying them, Jim Brewer, NRCS.
- Conventional and Organic Grain Research Trial Results with Dr. Emmanuel Omondi of the Rodale Institute.
- Delmarva Farmer Panel on Soil Health Practices with innovative local growers.
- UMES Soil Science Research and Programs with Dr. Arthur Allen.
- Four Afternoon Breakout Sessions Featuring: in-depth soil test analysis, cover crop tools, planting green, an air-seeder presentation and microbes and mushrooms.
- Soil and Ag Service Tradeshow, Farmer-to-Farmer Notice Board and Networking Opportunities
Nutrient Management Credits and Certified Crop Advisor CEU Credits are available.
This event is generously sponsored by the Town Creek Foundation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Resource Education via Delaware State University, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Agriculture with scholarship support from the Harry Hughes Center for Agroecology.
— Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture