COCKEYSVILLE, Md. — Future Harvest is a non-profit based Maryland with the mission to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. For 21 years, Future Harvest has provided education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed. This March, the organization is hosting hands-on farmer trainings on lambing, greenhouse transplant and production efficiencies, small scale grains, and small ruminant parasite management as well as Advanced Farmer Circles to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and information sharing.
Sunday 3/8 Lambing at Shepherd’s Manor Creamery 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in New Windsor, MD. Join Colleen and Michael Histon at Maryland’s only sheep-milking dairy farm. See lambing setup, the vet kit, and discuss some common lambing problems and management techniques. Event followed by a pot luck lunch – please bring a dish to share. Award-winning cheese and soap will be available to purchase day-of. $20 for FH members, $40 for non-members. Learn more and register HERE.
Saturday 3/14 Greenhouse & Transplant Production and Efficiencies 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Bivalve, MD. Held at Provident Farm and led by regional greenhouse and transplant expert Jay Martin, this workshop for beginner and intermediate growers will cover the ins and outs of setting up and running an efficient, low-cost greenhouse for transplant production. Event followed by pot luck lunch. $15 for FH members, $20 for non-members. Learn more and register HERE.
Saturday 3/21 Central Chesapeake Intermediate/Advanced Farmer Circle 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Frederick, MD. This “J.M. Fortier style” post-season circle is a gathering for farmers to brainstorm solutions to their biggest problem faced during the 2019 season. Geared toward intermediate and advanced growers, newer farmers with 2+ years growing experience welcome. FREE, RSVP required HERE.
Monday 3/23 Small Scale Grains at Migrash Farm 10:30 am – 2:30 pm in Randallstown, MD. Join Future Harvest and the Common Grain Alliance at Migrash Farm for a session on how small-lot grains are meeting demand for local high-quality fresh flours and cereals. Learn how the Common Grain Alliance is building a vibrant, integrated, and sustainable grain economy in the Mid-Atlantic region. $20 for FH and CGA members, $40 for non-members. Learn more and register HERE.
Thursday 3/26 Small Ruminant Parasite Management: FAMACHA (c) Test 9:30 am – 2:30 pm in Princess Anne, MD. All-day, hands-on workshop for sheep and goat owners will cover gastrointestinal parasites, anthelmintic resistance, fecal egg counts, best practices for managing parasite burdens and allow participants to receive certification on the use of the FAMACHA (c) score card. $40-$55 per ticket. Learn more and register HERE.
–Deb Dramby, Future Harvest