Roundtable: Basic Concepts Roundtable
Saturday, August 18; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center for Food Science and Technology
Registration Fee: $12/person; $15/family
Dr. Enrique Nelson Escobar offers a roundtable for new and beginning sheep and goat producers on Saturday, August 18, at the Center for Food Science and Technology on the UMES campus. The basic concepts roundtable presents a unique opportunity for sheep and goat producers who are just beginning to or who are thinking about raising small ruminants for production. One hundred and one questions will be answered! For more information or to register, click here!
Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities Small Farm Bus Tour
Monday and Tuesday; August 27 and 28
Richard A. Henson Center
Registration Fee: $25
A small farm bus tour offers a variety of educational stops over a two-day period late August. Back by popular demand, the tour will allow participants to “Explore New Farm Income Opportunities,” on Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28. Tour participants will depart from the Richard A. Henson Center on the UMES campus at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The next 48 hours will provide them many opportunities to experience successful and innovative farming ventures in Delaware and Pennsylvania and to explore alternatives and possibilities that will help the average farmer increase his or her bottom line and implement sustainable practices. To register, click here!
Workshop: Farming Pencil to Plow
Monday, September 17 to Monday, November 5; 6 - 9 p.m.
SACC Foundation Center, 317 Lemmon Hill Lane, Salisbury
Registration Fee: $30; To register, call 410-860-6664
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the University of Maryland Extension (UME) have combined their technical expertise to offer Farming: Pencil to Plow, an eight-week entrepreneurial training course designed for aspiring small farmers and those producers interested in diversifying their operations. Every Monday, beginning September 17 until November 5, training will be offered from 6-9 p.m. at the SACC Foundation Center at 317 Lemmon Hill Lane in Salisbury, Maryland.
Information will be presented by experts in the agriculture field, including the UME educators along with local agents, who will cover topics key to enhancing successful farming. Participants will learn how to develop a business plan that fits their agricultural expertise, how to understand their customer base; the how, why, and where of market research; how to prepare a cash flow statement; the importance of budgeting; the purpose of income statements and balance sheets; and will all will come away with an awareness of regulations.
The class size is limited, so register early! Participants who complete this training course will have a prepared business plan to present to potential lending agencies along with a certificate of completion issued by NxLevel, a nationally recognized entrepreneurship training provider.
The program cost is $30 per person, and pre-registration must be completed, by contacting Joe Giordano at 410-860-6664, by Friday, September 7, 2012.
SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Small Farm Conference
Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3
Richard A. Henson Center
Registration Fee: $25/person; $40/couple
Participants can expect pre-conference sessions, a reception and a networking social on Friday, November 2. Saturday’s schedule will involve a keynote speaker and seminars that will reflect the following session tracks: alternative agriculture, business and marketing, and health and wellness. Another popular feature to the conference is the programs and fun activities for youth, ages 5-18. Exhibits and cooking demonstrations will round out the day.
USMWF 21st Annual Conference
Friday, November 9
Food Science and Technology Building
Registration Fee: $10
The University System of Maryland Women's Conference's 21st annual conference is themed "Empowerment." The conference will be held on Friday, November 9, with pre-conference sessions being held on Thursday, November. For more information, visit www.usmwf.umd.edu.
Maryland 4-H Volunteer Forum
Friday, November 16, to Sunday, November 18
Carousel Hotel, Ocean City, Maryland
More information to come.