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  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Small Farm Program

    The Small Farm Program is administered by the 1890 Extension Program headquartered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with funding support provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participation in the program is voluntary and open to all farmers and landowners who are interested in receiving assistance.

    Program Mission

    The primary purpose of the Small Farm Program is to deliver educational programs, training, and outreach that help limited-resource and socially disadvantaged farmers own and operate farms successfully and assure equitable participation in USDA agriculture programs.

    Educational Programs and Activities

    The Small Farm Outreach Initiative provides a variety of outreach and educational activities that address the issues and needs as identified among target audiences to include but not limited to: alternative enterprise selection, direct marketing, improved and inexpensive agriculture production practices, farm business management, conservation awareness, and participation in USDA farm programs.

    Outreach and educational programs are delivered in group settings (ex. informational meetings, workshops, farm field demonstrations, farm bus tours, and conferences) as well as farm visits.