FIELD DAYS AROUND THE REGION

Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

FIELD DAYS AROUND THE REGION

For maps and registration for these field days, visit www.futureharvestcasa.org/events or call (410) 549-7878.

May 29 – Organic Orchard and Value-Added Farm Products

4:00 – 7:30 pm, Country Pleasures Farm – 6219 Harley Road, Middletown, MD 21769

Future Harvest CASA Members – $20; Nonmembers – $30

Rain or shine!

Processing and selling value-added products from the fruits and vegetables grown at Country Pleasures Farm is one of the successful farm profitability strategies pursued by organic farmers Eric and Lori Rice. “If we grow it, we make something from it!” Eric says.

The Rices will take attendees on a tour of their fields, hoophouses and orchard, the oldest certified organic orchard in Maryland. They will also talk about the development of farm kitchen processing rules in Maryland, differences in farm processing and commercial kitchen processing, and organic certification as both a stewardship commitment and a value-added strategy. Guest speaker Juli Obudzinski of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will talk about available funding programs that can help with value-added production, including Value Added Producer Grants, the FSA microloan program, and SARE and other research funding.

A light lunch donated by Whole Foods Market Kentlands, along with a grassfed beef dish provided by Country Pleasures will be included.

June 22 – Retail Farming for Success on the Delmarva

10:00 – 1:30 pm, Greenbranch Farm – 5075 Nutters Cross Road, Salisbury, MD 21804

Future Harvest CASA Members – $20; Nonmembers – $30

Ted and Julia Wycall have transformed Greenbranch Farm, a former commodity farm where corn, soybeans and confinement chickens had been raised by Ted’s grandfather, into a diversified organic operation with a retail marketing model. All their sales come through retail/direct marketing channels, i.e., farmers markets, a CSA with more than 200 subscribers, and an on-farm store.

Their farm story includes tailoring their diverse product line, which includes produce and meats to attract the retail customer, pursuing methods that have relatively low start-up costs, and using production techniques that enhance long-term soil fertility.

July 13 – Engaging the Public Through Farm-Based Education
9:30 – 3:30 pm, Fox Haven Farm – 4855 Broad Run Road, Jefferson, MD 21755
Future Harvest CASA Members – $20; Nonmembers – $30

Optional workshops and Kids Program available for an additional fee.

How can you tap into the public’s fascination with agriculture and farms by offering farm-based educational programs? This field day at Fox Haven Farm will demonstrate some of the strategies for successful farm-based education.

Field day registration includes a walking tour of the farm led by Mark Eyestone and Dick Bittner, along with a discussion of conservation and alternative energy elements being demonstrated throughout the property; a presentation in the learning barn on engaging children through sustainable food and farming education by Peggy Eppig of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; and a light lunch.
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After lunch, optional workshops allow you to participate in some of the farm-based educational programs offered by MAEF and Fox Haven Farm. Each one-hour workshop is an additional $20.

• Beekeeping with Peggy Eppig of MAEF and Maryland State Apiarist Jerry Fischer

• Food Forests and Rainwater Gardens with Greg Zahn and Mark Eyestone

• Herbs for Wellness and Food with Susan Hirsch

• The Seasonal Plate (cooking a truly local, seasonal meal) with Homeshed Kitchens (Jeanette Warne and Robin Grasso)

Bring the kids along! For only $20 for the entire day, your young ones will participate in fun activities such as a creek walk and scavenger hunt. You’ll all have fun learning all day!

July 21 – Farm Longevity and Multi-Farm CSA

2:00 – 4:30 pm, Potomac Vegetable Farms East – 9627 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

Future Harvest CASA Members – $10; Nonmembers – $20

In operation by the Newcomb family since the 1960s, Potomac Vegetable Farms on Route 7 near Tyson’s Corner is now the only commercial farm still operating in Fairfax County, Virginia. The farm has grown and prospered through a mix of hard work, perseverance and adaptations to changing markets over the years. This field day will focus on direct-market strategies that have proven successful for the farm, including farmers markets, a farmstand on Route 7, and a 550-member CSA, which includes produce from several cooperating farms in the area. The field day will take place during the cooperating farms’ weekly delivery time, so attendees can see how the various contributions add up to a full CSA share, and learn more about the mutual benefit to the farms that participate.

For maps and registration for these field days, visit www.futureharvestcasa.org/events

or call (410) 549-7878.

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