Small Farm Bus Tour Slated For Late August
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (July 19, 2013) - A small farm bus tour
offers a variety of educational stops over a two-day period in late
August. Back by popular demand, the tour will allow
participants to "Explore New Farm Income Opportunities," on Monday,
August 26, and Tuesday, August 27.
The tour will begin at the Central Maryland Research and
Education Center (CMREC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., at 9:30 a.m. on
Monday, August 26. Alternatively, interested individuals from the
Salisbury/Princess Anne area will depart from the Richard A. Henson
Center on the UMES campus at 7 a.m. sharp.
The next 48 hours will provide participants many opportunities
to experience successful and innovative farming ventures in the
Southern and Central Maryland Regions and to explore alternatives
and possibilities that will help the average farmer increase his or
her bottom line and implement sustainable practices. Major
topics of discussion will be centered on direct marketing,
value-added products, sustainable farming practices, alternative
"niche" crops, agri-tourism, and more.
Day 1 of the tour will finish in Upper Marlboro with a farm
dinner, guest speakers and assorted activities. Day 2 of the
tour, participants will depart from Bowie, Md., at 8 a.m. sharp.
Tour stops on Day 2 will include a cut flower operation, a local
produce foodservice distributor and more. The tour will end with
the bus returning to Bowie at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday,
August 27. For those traveling from UMES, the approximate
return time to the Henson Center will be 7 p.m.
The registration fee, which covers bus
transportation, a farm dinner, educational materials and light
refreshments, is $25 per person. For those traveling from outside
of the Upper Marlboro/Bowie area who will need lodging, hotel
accommodations for one night will be an additional $25 per
To register online, visit www.umes.edu/1890-mce.
All registrations and payments must be received by Friday,
August 22. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited
to 40 participants.
The "Explore New Farm Income Opportunities" tour is sponsored by
the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Small Farm Outreach
Initiative, a grant-funded project to help small-scale and
underserved farmers prosper and become successful agriculture
entrepreneurs through education, training and outreach. Under
the leadership of Small Farm Program Coordinator Berran Rogers,
this project offers informational meetings, workshops, field tours,
and conferences throughout the year. For more information about
select tour stops during the "Exploring New Farm Income
Opportunities" bus tour or the Small Farm Outreach Initiative,
contact Rogers at 410-651-6070 or 6693.
Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communications
specialist, UMES - University of Maryland Extension,