Spring agriculture series geared toward area farmers
The Small Farm Workshop series kicks off with "Be Smart . . . Drench Smart: Small Ruminant Integrated Parasite Management" Sat., March 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Upper Marlboro. Participants will learn about gastrointestinal parasites that badger sheep and goats as well as anthelmintic resistance and practices to mitigate or manage parasite burdens. A subsequent workshop will be held in the Food Science and Technology Building on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus Sat., April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A "Grafting Tomatoes" workshop scheduled for Sat., April 5, offers pertinent information for anyone who is currently growing a variety of tomatoes that are not resistant to air and soil borne diseases. The workshop includes a hands-on session at the greenhouse where participants will graft plants to take home. Registration is limited to 20, and preregistration is strongly suggested.
The series culminates with "Growing High Tunnel Spring Crops" Sat., April 26, from 10 a.m. until noon. The event will be held at the Pereyra Farm, located at 6182 Worcester Highway in Newark, Md. Participants will be taught the basics of high tunnel systems, including site preparation, site set-up, pricing, types of crops that can be grown and financial assistance programs available from the USDA.
Workshop fees, which cover handout materials and lunch, are $10 per person for the High Tunnel Spring Crops workshop and at $20 per person for the remaining workshops.
For more information about the 2014 University of Maryland Extension Small Farm Workshop Series or to register contact Kayla Parmar at 410-651-6070 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit www.umes.edu/1890-mce. Anyone in need of special services or accommodations in order to participate must call one week in advance.
Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communications specialist, UMES – University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084, email@example.com.