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 UMES 2013 Small Farm Workshop Series Commences Early March  


2013 Spring Series GraphicPRINCESS ANNE, MD - A series of well-rounded events that will support and enhance the livelihood of area farmers begins on Saturday, March 16, on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  The 2013 Small Farm Workshop Series, sponsored by University of Maryland Extension, is a creation of the UMES Small Farm Outreach Initiative.

The 2013 Small Farm Workshop Series commences at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, with a workshop that challenges participants to stop spinning their wheels and to get down to growing their social media audience as well as their business.  Apryl Parcher, direct marketing and social media marketing specialist, presents "Solving the Social Media Puzzle: The Basic Building Blocks for Using Social Media to Effectively Grow Your Business." The 4-hour workshop offers ways to pinpoint one's target audience, how to find them and how to communicate with them on social channels.  The session will be held in Kiah Hall and will end at 3 p.m.  The registration fee is $20 per person.

On Saturday, March 23, Fred "Butch" Wells of Wicomico County will share his many years of experience in "Growing and Marketing Blackberries, Raspberries and Blueberries on Less Than an Acre."  The outdoor workshop begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. at 8948 Athol Road in Mardela Springs.  Participants will learn how to plant, grow, prune, pick and sell blackberries, raspberries and blueberries from a pro.  The registration fee for this workshop is $15 per person.    

"Free Range Poultry and Egg Production" will be the featured topic for the Saturday, April 6, workshop.  Invited poultry specialists and experts from the region will educate participants on the basics of small flock management, biosecurity, nutrition requirements for layers, and common poultry diseases and prevention. The presenters will also touch on Maryland guidelines for selling eggs and egg handling.  The workshop will be held in the Center for Food Science and Technology on the UMES campus from 10 a.m. until noon.   The registration fee for this workshop is $15 per person.

The final workshop of the series, "Be Smart . . . Drench Smart . . . Small Ruminant Integrated Parasite Management," will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participants will learn about gastrointestinal parasites that badger sheep and goats, anthelmintic resistance and practices to mitigate or manage parasite burdens.  The 3-hour morning session will serve as the introduction for the afternoon hands-on training session, which will allow participants to get certified in the use of the FAMACHA© score card.  Dr. Enrique Nelson Escobar, associate UMES professor and small ruminant specialist, will hold the workshop in the Center for Food Science and Technology on the UMES campus.   The registration fee is $20 per person.   

The registration fees for the 2013 Small Farm Workshop Series provides lunch and all educational materials.  All registrations must be received one week prior to the date of the workshop, and registrants who need special services or accommodations or who have special dietary needs must call at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements.

For more information about these events and more, contact Kayla Parmar at 410-651-6070 or by email at  Online registration is available at    


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

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