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Webinar Series: Learn The Language of Produce
The fruit and vegetable business has a language of its own. Learn the language of produce to ensure that you receive the product and quality you expect.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to take part in a series of free, interactive webinars that will provide practical information about how to buy, receive, and handle bulk fresh and fresh-cut produce safely and efficiently. Each webinar will include a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic, introductions to our staff, and an interactive question and answer session.
If you purchase or receive shipments of fruits and vegetables for a school, hospital, other institution, food hub, or farmers market, these webinars are for you.
Registration is required and space is limited. More information.
Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Quality and Condition Defects
November 20, 2014
2:00 pm Eastern Time
To register: http://bit.ly/1pphJP8
How to Use Fruit and Vegetable Market News
December 18, 2014
2:00 pm Eastern Time
To register: http://bit.ly/1paiVB2
If you miss a webinar, just visit our Webinar Archive to watch it or any other AMS Series offering online.
Register today to learn the language of produce. We'll see you online!
If you have any questions about our webinar series or USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, please contact Christopher Purdy at (202) 720-3209 or email@example.com.
Appalachia Grows: Beginning & Small Farms Conference for Ag-Entrepreneurs set for January 23-24, 2015 in Frostburg, MD
Join us in January for the first "Appalachia Grows - Beginning & Small Farms Conference for Ag-Entrepreneurs! More info to come - save the date!
The primary election is June 24 - do you know what the commissioner candidates feel about landowner issues, such as property rights? Come to the Candidate Forum 2014, on June 13, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Get some yummy ice cream and chat with the candidates! More details are in the flyer below or Click Here.
Visit http://smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/conference for details!
Join us Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Garrett College, Continuing Education Building, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541
Have you signed up yet? There are some wonderful speakers from the region.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture would like to invite you to the 2014 Maryland Buyer-Grower Expo on January 22 at the Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium – “N” Room in Annapolis, MD. The purpose of this expo is to connect MD growers, producers, and processors with buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, and other venues.
The event is set up as a trade show, where growers, producers, and processors are each provided a table to display their business information and products. Products from past events have ranged from fruits and vegetables to dairy, meats, specialty foods, seafood, and wine.
Registration is available through the below links. Please be sure to select the link that applies to your organization.
The registration deadline is January 7, 2014 to be included in the directory. Over 500 copies of the Buyer-Grower Expo directory will be printed and distributed, as well as a PDF version being placed on our web site.
Link to Registration for Growers, Producers, & Processors
(Please note there is a fee for growers, producers and processors to exhibit. Early registration by 12/23 is $20. After 12/23 the fee will be $40.)
Link to Registration for Buyers
Link to Registration for Other Organizations
Additional information on the event will be posted at www.marylandsbest.net
Please contact Stone Slade at 410-841-5779 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
High Tunnel Workshop Scheduled
Hands-On High Tunnel Construction Workshop
Frostburg Grows and University of Maryland Extension are offering a two session hands-on high tunnel construction workshop on Friday, October 25th and Saturday October 26th. The Friday session will run from 6pm to 9pm on the Frostburg State University Campus in room 237 of the Compton Science Center. The first session will cover the different types of high tunnels, construction methods and modifications made to high tunnels. On Saturday, participants will travel to the Frostburg Grows site to assist with the construction of a basic high tunnel.
In addition to assisting with the construction of a typical high tunnel, participants will be able to see first hand many modifications that are being used at the Frostburg Grows site. Frostburg Grows is a unique and innovative five acre food and native plant nursery production, demonstration and teaching facility. The facility currently has a 30’ X 120’ high tunnel in production with tomatoes, peppers and raspberries and a nursery shade house growing native plants from seeds and cuttings. A second 30’ X 120’ high tunnel is nearing completion and will be used for fall and early winter food production with crops such as broccoli, lettuce and other greens.
The Frostburg Grows facility is unique in that it is being constructed on a reclaimed strip mine site. Some of the unique features of the site include:
Initial funding for Frostburg Grows was provided through a Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant provided by American Rivers and the EPA. Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council and Frostburg State University have partnered to manage the Frostburg Grows project.
To register for the workshop, contact the Garrett County office of the University of Maryland Extension at 301-334-6960. There will be a $25 fee for the workshop which can be paid at the time of the workshop. For more information contact Willie Lantz at 301-334-6960.
The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.