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­Small Farm Bus Tour Slated For Late August  


Farmer Bus Tour PicPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (July 19, 2013) - A small farm bus tour offers a variety of educational stops over a two-day period in late August.  Back by popular demand, the tour will allow participants to "Explore New Farm Income Opportunities," on Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27.

The tour will begin at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center (CMREC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 26. Alternatively, interested individuals from the Salisbury/Princess Anne area will depart from the Richard A. Henson Center on the UMES campus at 7 a.m. sharp. 

The next 48 hours will provide participants many opportunities to experience successful and innovative farming ventures in the Southern and Central Maryland Regions and to explore alternatives and possibilities that will help the average farmer increase his or her bottom line and implement sustainable practices.  Major topics of discussion will be centered on direct marketing, value-added products, sustainable farming practices, alternative "niche" crops, agri-tourism, and more.

Day 1 of the tour will finish in Upper Marlboro with a farm dinner, guest speakers and assorted activities.  Day 2 of the tour, participants will depart from Bowie, Md., at 8 a.m. sharp. Tour stops on Day 2 will include a cut flower operation, a local produce foodservice distributor and more. The tour will end with the bus returning to Bowie at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.  For those traveling from UMES, the approximate return time to the Henson Center will be 7 p.m.

The registration fee, which covers bus transportation, a farm dinner, educational materials and light refreshments, is $25 per person. For those traveling from outside of the Upper Marlboro/Bowie area who will need lodging, hotel accommodations for one night will be an additional $25 per person.

To register online, visit  All registrations and payments must be received by Friday, August 22. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants.

The "Explore New Farm Income Opportunities" tour is sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Small Farm Outreach Initiative, a grant-funded project to help small-scale and underserved farmers prosper and become successful agriculture entrepreneurs through education, training and outreach.  Under the leadership of Small Farm Program Coordinator Berran Rogers, this project offers informational meetings, workshops, field tours, and conferences throughout the year. For more information about select tour stops during the "Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities" bus tour or the Small Farm Outreach Initiative, contact Rogers at 410-651-6070 or 6693.


Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communications specialist, UMES - University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084,

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