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    2018 Future Harvest CASA Conference Registration Now Open!

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    19th Annual Future Harvest CASA Conference!

    19th Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

    January 11-13, 2018

     

    Stay tuned and visit our website for updates as they are announced!

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    Unlock the Power of Lavender!

    A few tickets remaining for this one of a kind value-added workshop. Register today! <!–

    Unlock the Power of Lavender:
    Growing, Harvesting, and Distilling Lavender
    August 3rd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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    Learn more about growing lavender & turning this fragrant herb into value-added products!

    Future Harvest CASA and the Eastern Shore Resource Conservation & Development Council (ES RC&D) invite you for a walking tour and hands-on workshop at Lavender Skies Farm in Onancock, Virginia on August 3rd.

    You’ll learn about best varieties of lavender to grow, techniques for harvesting and drying, and how to make your very own lavender hydrosol. All workshop participants will get to take home their very own self-made bottle of lavender hydrosol!

    The event will be led by farm owners Yohannes and Maryann Cusimano who have extensive experience growing lavender and other scented plants and making value-added products. Maryann and Yohannes come from a long tradition of Spanish and Italian herb growers and are pleased to carry the tradition forward. For more information about their farm and products, visit their website!

    As a proven high-value perennial crop, lavender farming offers many possibilities including:

    An increasingly popular and fragrant side-crop
    An attraction for visitors to your farm stand
    A significant draw for agritourism
    Developing lavender products to sell

    This workshop will include hands-on activities and a potluck! Tickets are $10 for FHCASA members and $15 for non-members. Scholarships are available by contacting Josephine Mooney at 757-710-7266.

    Register Here!

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    Lavender Skies Farm, 18140 Plantation Rd, Onancock, VA 23417

    Questions? Contact niamh@futureharvestcasa.org!

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    Future Harvest CASA Hiring Chesapeake Field Programming Manager

    Job Opening: Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager

    Future Harvest CASA seeks a full-time, energetic, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager to operate field programming for FHCASA’s Foodshed Field School.

    Since 1998, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) has been providing education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed from farm and fishery to table. One of its core programs is the Foodshed Field School, which offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and field programming that consists of about 20 workshops, field days, trainings and other educational events on farms and in food businesses around the region.

    The position would primarily manage the field programming component of the Foodshed Field School, but also work closely with the BFTP director and conference manager to support those programs. The Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager will report directly to FHCASA’s Executive Director and work in tandem with the Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager and the Communications and Outreach Manager. She or he will also work with an advisory committee of board members and other stakeholders to help with the development, execution, and evaluation of the programming. The manager has the option of working at home or at our office in Cockeysville, MD.

    Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org. Deadline: July 21, 2017. Salary $43,500, with a 7%-of-salary benefits stipend.

    Required Qualifications:

    Minimum of two years’ work experience in food and farming systems and sustainable agriculture in the non-profit, government, or farming sectors; specific knowledge of the Chesapeake region food and farming community – which covers Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC – is a plus.

    A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, or related field;
    Training in small event planning key (the manager is responsible for successful field event planning and execution, which involves a great deal of relationship building over the phone and in person); marketing and communications experience a plus;
    Experience with, and demonstrated ability in, easily working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers and fishers to retailers, wholesalers, chefs, and consumers;
    Demonstrated superlative organizational skills to plan and execute about 15 field educational programs per year, which includes parts of the annual conference and overseeing the 10-part winter workshop series in Baltimore;
    Demonstrated ability to work in a team, both internal and external, to create and strategically implement a vision for the school’s field programming, step-by-step;
    Fundraising and grantwriting experience a plus;
    Some exposure/experience with program evaluation via surveys, establishing metrics, and other analytical and evaluative systems;
    Assist with various duties related to our Annual Conference;
    Tabling/Exhibiting at regional and local meetings and conferences;
    Demonstrated ability to easily pick up and master a variety of online tools for promoting and running the school; we are a virtual team and want to automate systems to keep our overhead low. Important applications: Excel, Word, Drupal, event registrations. InDesign, Photoshop, plus graphic design and/or photography experience a plus;
    Demonstrated ability to use traditional and new online communications platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Experience with Drupal or other web content systems a plus;
    A car for frequent travel, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory for InDesign; color printer – all kept in good working order;
    Willingness to travel and do some weekend work.

    Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org. Deadline: July 21, 2017. Salary $43,500, with a 7%-of-salary benefits stipend.

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    2018 RFP Announcement – Future Harvest CASA Conference

    2018 RFP HERE

    The Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference will be held January 11-13, 2018 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, MD. The conference serves the Chesapeake region’s small- to mid-scale farm community (MD, VA, DE, WVA, DC, and southern PA) by providing educational and networking opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced farmers, as well as consumers, small businesses, and government agencies.

    We invite proposals from those who can speak to the topics that fall into one of the following categories:

    Beginning Farming
    Made Local: Value-Added & Artisanal Foods
    Crop Production
    Everybody Eats: Health & Food
    Grassfed: Meat & Dairy
    The Business of Farming
    Environment, Community, & Policy
    Carbon Farming & Regenerative Agriculture

    For a more detailed description of the type of workshops and sessions we have offered in the past, please refer to our 2017 program HERE.
    Submit Your 2018 RFP HERE

    Please contact Shannon Varley with any questions about the form or the conference: shannon@futureharvestcasa.org or 410-549-7878

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    Future Harvest CASA Job Opening: Central Chesapeake Field Program Manager

    Job Opening: Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager

    Future Harvest CASA seeks a full-time, energetic, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager to operate field programming for FHCASA’s Foodshed Field School. Since 1998, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) has been providing education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed from farm and fishery to table. One of its core programs is the Foodshed Field School, which offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and field programming that consists of about 20 workshops, field days, trainings and other educational events on farms and in food businesses around the region. The position would primarily manage the field programming component of the Foodshed Field School, but also work closely with the BFTP director and conference manager to support those programs. The Central Chesapeake Field Programming Manager will report directly to FHCASA’s Executive Director and work in tandem with the Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager and the Communications and Outreach Manager. She or he will also work with an advisory committee of board members and other stakeholders to help with the development, execution, and evaluation of the programming. The manager has the option of working at home or at our office in Cockeysville, MD.

    Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org . Deadline: May 19, 2017. Salary $43,500, with a 7%-of-salary benefits stipend.

    Required Qualifications:

    Minimum of two years’ work experience in food and farming systems and sustainable agriculture in the non-profit, government, or farming sectors; specific knowledge of the Chesapeake region food and farming community – which covers Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC – is a plus.

    ● A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, or related field;

    ● Training in small event planning key (the manager is responsible for successful field event planning and execution, which involves a great deal of relationship building over the phone and in person); marketing and communications experience a plus;

    ● Experience with, and demonstrated ability in, easily working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers and fishers to retailers, wholesalers, chefs, and consumers;

    ● Demonstrated superlative organizational skills to plan and execute about 15 field educational programs per year, which includes parts of the annual conference and overseeing the 10-part winter workshop series in Baltimore;

    ● Demonstrated ability to work in a team, both internal and external, to create and strategically implement a vision for the school’s field programming, step-by-step;

    ● Fundraising and grantwriting experience a plus;

    ● Some exposure/experience with program evaluation via surveys, establishing metrics, and other analytical and evaluative systems; ● Assist with various duties related to our Annual Conference;

    ● Tabling/Exhibiting at regional and local meetings and conferences;

    ● Demonstrated ability to easily pick up and master a variety of online tools for promoting and running the school; we are a virtual team and want to automate systems to keep our overhead low. Important applications: Excel, Word, Drupal, event registrations. InDesign, Photoshop, plus graphic design and/or photography experience a plus;

    ● Demonstrated ability to use traditional and new online communications platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Experience with Drupal or other web content systems a plus;

    ● A car for frequent travel, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory for InDesign; color printer – all kept in good working order;

    ● Willingness to travel and do some weekend work

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    Future Harvest CASA Conference Early Bird Registration Open!

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    January 12-14, 2017 — College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

    Join us for one of the Region’s Largest Farm and Food Gatherings!

    Four nationally renowned speakers.
    Four critical issues facing our foodshed:

    Making a Living Farming with Chris Blanchard
    Combating Climate Change with Dr. Kristine Nichols
    Farmworker Justice with Elizabeth Henderson
    Chefs Supporting Local with Chef Jordan Lloyd

    REGISTER HERE!

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    Last Call for Proposals! Join the Future Harvest CASA 2017 Conference!

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    Your ideas for the best Future Harvest CASA conference ever!
    A Request for 2017 Proposals

    COMPLETE APPLICATIONS DUE: JULY 11, 2016

    APPLY HERE

    Have a farm hack you want to share? A new tech tool that helps with marketing? Want to hear about latest research, or new food incubators popping up in Baltimore?

    The Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference will be held January 12-14, 2017 at the College Park Marriott in College Park, MD. The conference serves the Chesapeake region small- to mid-scale farm community (MD, VA, DE, WVA, DC, and southern PA) by providing educational and networking opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced farmers, and consumers, small businesses, and government agencies.

    We invite proposals from those who can speak to the topics that fall into one of the following categories:
    · Beginning Farming
    · Made Local: Value-Added & Artisanal Foods
    · Fruit & Vegetable Production
    · Everybody Eats: Health & Food
    · Grassfed: Meat & Dairy
    · The Business of Farming; and Environment, Community, & Policy.
    · Carbon Farming & Regenerative Agriculture

    If you are interested in submitting a 2017 workshop proposal,
    please submit your application no later than July 11, 2016 HERE.

    Questions? Please email us at futureharvestcasa@gmail.com

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    Future Harvest CASA Hiring Communications and Outreach Contractor

    Job Opening: Communications and Outreach Contractor

    Future Harvest CASA is seeking a full-time, self-motivated, highly organized, tech-savvy, and visionary person to manage communications and outreach for Future Harvest CASA. This is a one-year, full-time contract position, with option to renew.

    About Us: Since 1998, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) has been providing education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed from farm and fishery to table. Its core work strategy is the Foodshed Field School, which offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and about 20 farmer and consumer field education programs around the region. Its headquarters office is in Cockeysville, MD, with a satellite office in Easton, MD, but our team operates in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC so most staff work virtually.

    About the Job: The manager will develop and begin implementation of a strategic communications and outreach plan. This will involve assessing the organization’s current communications and outreach efforts and setting the vision, goals, objectives, and activities best suited to further Future Harvest CASA’s mission. The manager will support our program staff and Executive Director. Responsibilities will include:

    growing our membership and reach through innovative communications, list management, and regular outreach
    working with staff to produce an engaging and informative bimonthly e-newsletter
    developing engaging online and print content such as blogs, videos, podcasts, infographics, farmer profiles, and case studies, and producing print materials such as promotional brochures, fact sheets, and resource guides
    further developing our social media presence and “personality” and posting strategically to our channels using best practices; working with staff to unify and coordinate social media and messaging efforts
    developing an outreach campaign to better connect consumers to farmers and vice versa
    promoting the Amazing Grazing directory and the grazers listed within, plus other organizational products
    promoting online and via the press all our education and fundraising events, including the annual conference and Chesapeake Foodshed Feast
    developing press relationships and writing engaging press releases
    maintaining consistent, professional writing across channels and programs; developing an informal style guide
    assisting with grant writing and editing
    using analytics and user data to improve social media communications and web content
    managing an editorial calendar to schedule and organize timely and relevant communications
    giving technical help to staff when using webinar technology, webcasting, and other communications technology

    assisting with other communications projects as necessary
    attending our field programs and other events to document and create outreach postings and products.

     About You: You work well in a virtual team, are used to producing with few resources, are tech-savvy, and know your way around the food and farming community.  You are a clear, succinct, and compelling communicator across multiple platforms – from print to social media to press releases. You can think of few better ways to use your skills than to advance sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake region.

    Required Qualifications & Experience:

    Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communications skills including producing content for websites, newsletters, and social media platforms
    Strong editing and proofreading skills
    Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects and tasks
    Savvy about garnering press attention for our issues and staff
    Desire and ability to work independently and at home
    Strong organizational skills and storytelling expertise
    Proficient in Drupal (or other web platform), InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and basic HTML
    Video and podcast experience a plus
    Experience working with graphic designers and printers
    Solid interpersonal skills
    Interest/experience in sustainable agriculture; knowledge of farming issues and area farmers
    Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a focus on writing and communications

    Supervision:  The Communications Manager will report directly to the Executive Director, but supports all program staff.

    Location: The Communications Manager must be willing to work from home, but is encouraged to use the office in Cockeysville, MD if convenient.

    Hourly rate:  Competitive and commensurate with experience.

    Closing date: July 10, 2016

    To Apply:   Please submit cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references to shannon@futureharvestcasa.org with Communications Manager in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

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    Call for Workshop Proposals – Future Harvest CASA 2017 Conference

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    Your ideas for the best Future Harvest CASA conference ever!
    A Request for 2017 Workshop Proposals

    Have a farm hack you want to share? A new tech tool that helps with marketing? Want to hear about latest research, or new food incubators popping up in Baltimore?

    The Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference will be held January 12-14, 2017 at the College Park Marriott in College Park, MD. The conference serves the Chesapeake region small- to mid-scale farm community (MD, VA, DE, WVA, DC, and southern PA) by providing educational and networking opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced farmers, and consumers, small businesses, and government agencies.

    We invite proposals from those who can speak to the topics that fall into one of the following categories:
    · Beginning Farming
    · Made Local: Value-Added & Artisanal Foods
    · Fruit & Vegetable Production
    · Everybody Eats: Health & Food
    · Grassfed: Meat & Dairy
    · The Business of Farming; and Environment, Community, & Policy.
    · Carbon Farming & Regenerative Agriculture

    If you are interested in submitting a 2017 workshop proposal,
    please submit your application HERE.

    Questions? Please email us at futureharvestcasa@gmail.com

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    Manager, Eastern Shore Program

    Job Opening: Manager, Eastern Shore Program

    Future Harvest CASA is seeking a full-time, self-motivated, highly organized, tech-savvy, and visionary manager to build and operate brand new Eastern Shore Program.

    About Us:

    Since 1998, Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) has been providing education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed from farm and fishery to table. One of its core programs is the Foodshed Field School, which offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and about 20 farmer and consumer field education programs around the region.

    FHCASA operates in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC – but its programming is largely focused in central Maryland and around the Chesapeake Bay. Future Harvest CASA – Eastern Shore is our first office outside of central Maryland. It represents the organization’s goal to provide our education services to small- and mid-scale producers in this vital region of our mission area, and to step up supply and demand of locally and sustainably grown table food grown there.

    About the Job:

    In the first year, the manager will be laying the groundwork for FHCASA’s work on the Eastern Shore. This will involve:

    assessing the region’s agricultural landscape — who is growing what, and where and how
    assessing production training and education needs of small- to mid-scale producers as well as buyers and individuals interested in sourcing more locally and sustainable grown food
    learning from producers and other partners about obstacles to growing and selling locally, and in ways that protect land, water and build communities
    developing a three-year strategic plan for our Eastern Shore work and designing and implementing training and education programs around the assessments, including an expansion of our year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program and starting a public discussion series about agriculture and land and water stewardship. Subsequent years’ work will follow this plan.

     

    About You:

    You are passionate about farming and on-farm education focused on practices that protect land and water, build communities, and provide a real living for producers. You work well in a virtual team, are tech-savvy, and know your way around the Eastern Shore food and farming community (in fact, you live on or are willing to relocate to the Eastern Shore). Finally, you are a tireless advocate for sustainable agriculture, but you’re also a pragmatist who can translate vision into doable project design and implementation and build strong relationships with partners and the farming community.

    Required Qualifications:

    Minimum of two years’ work experience in food and farming systems and sustainable agriculture in the non-profit, government, or farming sectors; specific knowledge of the Eastern Shore food and farming community – is a big plus.
    Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, or related field;
    Demonstrated experience in needs assessments and project design and evaluation;
    Training in small event planning key (the manager will be responsible for successful field event planning and execution, which involves relationship building over the phone and in person); marketing and communications experience a plus;
    Experience with, and demonstrated ability in, easily working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers and fishers to retailers, wholesalers, chefs, and consumers;
    Demonstrated superlative organizational skills to plan and execute about field educational programs per year, which includes parts of the annual conference;
    Demonstrated ability to work in a team, both internal and external, to create and strategically implement a vision for the Eastern Shore program, step-by-step;
    Fundraising experience a plus;
    Some exposure/experience with program evaluation via surveys, establishing metrics, and other analytical and evaluative systems;
    Demonstrated ability to easily pick up and master a variety of online tools for promoting and running the program; we are a virtual team and want to automate systems to keep our overhead low. Important applications: Excel, Word, Drupal, event registrations. InDesign, Photoshop, plus graphic design and/or photography experience a plus;
    Managing volunteers or staff a plus;
    Demonstrated ability to use traditional and new online communications platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Experience with Drupal or other web content systems a plus;
    A car for frequent travel, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory for InDesign and other large applications.

    Submit résumé, two writing samples, and three references to Shannon Varley at shannon@futureharvestcasa.org. Deadline: November 20, 2015. Salary $43,500, with a variable lump-sum end-of-year stipend to partially cover health insurance and other work-related costs.

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    FHCASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications!

    The Beginner Farmer Training Program, Future Harvest CASA’s unique, year-long training program for beginning farmers, is now accepting applications for the 2016 season. The program’s goal is to equip new farmers in the Chesapeake region with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to start a successful farm.

    Background: The BFTP is unique among farmer training programs across the nation in that it allows participants to work part- or full-time at their existing farms or jobs while completing training. Participants are encouraged to transition into farming with a detailed crop and business plan in place.

    Here is what some of our trainees and graduates have to say about the BFTP:
    “This program was crucial in getting me started as a farmer in Baltimore. It created a community for me, where I found support, inspiration, and learning. It gave my partner the confidence to farm as well. I’m so lucky I found the program and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to start a farm business!” 

    —Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm

    “The program is giving me a great opportunity to really analyze and compare the various techniques I’m learning about and fine tune my own farm plans and strategies. I also feel really good about being connected to a network of resources, farmers and other beginners like me.” 

    —Thelonius Cook, 2015 BFTP Trainee

    “This is a well-rounded program that provides classroom knowledge, farm tours, and invaluable hands on experience. The program gives you access to many resources, ideas, and connections that you can draw on for your entire farming career.”

    —Tamara Todd, Wild Peace Farm
    How to Apply

    The application deadline for the 2016 season is October 9, 2015.  The program accepts applications from new farmers located throughout the Chesapeake region, including MD, DC, VA, WV, DE and PA.  To learn more about the program, eligibility, and to complete an online application, please visit: futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/beginner-farmer-training-program.  For questions, please contact Sarah Sohn, Communications and Program Manager: sarah@futureharvestcasa.org.

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    FHCASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program Accepting 2016 Applications!

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    August 2015

    Contact: Sarah Sohn, Communications & Program Manager
    sarah@futureharvestcasa.org
    Beginner Farmer Training Program
    Accepting Applications for 2016 Season

    COCKEYSVILLE, MD – A unique, year-long training program for beginning farmers is now accepting applications for the 2016 season. The program’s goal is to equip new farmers in the Chesapeake region with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to start a successful farm.

    The need for a new wave of farmers in the region has never been greater. Consumer demand for local, sustainably grown food continues to rise, but an aging farmer population (close to 60-years-old, according to the latest USDA census) is unable to meet that demand. There is a resurgence of interest in farming, but in order to make those farm dreams a reality, aspiring farmers must first learn to produce on a market-scale, employ sustainable growing techniques, determine how to sell what they grow, and get connected to resources and the larger farming community. Enter the Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), now in its seventh year, which provides a comprehensive, year-long training experience designed for new farmers ready to farm.

    Background:

    The BFTP is unique among farmer training programs across the nation in that it allows participants to work part- or full-time at their existing farms or jobs while completing training. Participants are encouraged to transition into farming with a detailed crop and business plan in place.

    Here is what some of our trainees and graduates have to say about the BFTP:

    “This program was crucial in getting me started as a farmer in Baltimore. It created a community for me, where I found support, inspiration, and learning. It gave my partner the confidence to farm as well. I’m so lucky I found the program and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to start a farm business!”  —Laura Beth Resnick, Butterbee Farm 

    “The program is giving me a great opportunity to really analyze and compare the various techniques I’m learning about and fine tune my own farm plans and strategies. I also feel really good about being connected to a network of resources, farmers and other beginners like me.”  —Thelonius Cook, 2015 BFTP Trainee

    “This is a well-rounded program that provides classroom knowledge, farm tours, and invaluable hands on experience. The program gives you access to many resources, ideas, and connections that you can draw on for your entire farming career.”  —Tamara Todd, Wild Peace Farm

    How to Apply

    The application deadline for the 2016 season is October 9, 2015. The program accepts applications from new farmers located throughout the Chesapeake region, including MD, DC, VA, WV, DE and PA. To learn more about the program, eligibility, and to complete an online application, please visit: futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/beginner-farmer-training-program. For questions, please contact Sarah Sohn, Communications and Program Manager: sarah@futureharvestcasa.org.

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    Fri 6/26 Field Day: Scaling Up Sustainably

    REGISTER HERE for Scaling Up Sustainably, a Future Harvest field day

    Friday 6/26, 10 am – 1 pm

    If you run a small, sustainable vegetable farm and are considering scaling up, 4 key questions come up immediately:

    How can I keep the operation sustainable at a larger scale?
    Do I have access to markets that can absorb the increased production from my farm?
    What equipment and infrastructure do I need to remain efficient at my new scale?
    Can I acquire the necessary equipment while staying within my farm’s budget?

    Join us this Friday June 26, 10 am-1 pm at One Acre Farm, where we’ll explore all of these questions and more with farmer Michael Protas. Despite its name, One Acre Farm is located on almost 30 acres of farm land in Boyds, MD in the greater DC metro area. Farmer Mike incorporates a number of innovative techniques to keep the farm sustainable.

    We’ll focus specifically on: zone tillage, modified no-till, and cover crop timing in vegetable production. Mike will also review the farm’s marketing approach and how they scaled up from a one acre to their current size.

    We’ll also learn more about a new, low-cost farm equipment rental program launched by Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development that’s aimed at helping farmers access scale-appropriate equipment at minimal cost. Sarah Miller, Capital Projects Manager, will provide an overview of the program and other efforts in the county that support farmer success.

    $20 FHCASA members/$40 non-members

    Special thanks to field day sponsors Montgomery County Department of Economic Development & Maryland Department of Agriculture!

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    Field Programming Manager

    Future Harvest CASA seeks a full-­time, energetic, self-­motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager to operate field programming for FHCASA’s Foodshed Field School.

    Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (FHCASA) provides education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed from farm and fishery to table. The Foodshed Field School offers peer-­to-­peer and expert-­led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-­long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and field programming that consists of about 20 workshops, field days, trainings and other educational events on farms and in food businesses around the region.

    The position would primarily manage the field programming component of the Foodshed Field School, but also help, as needed, with the conference and BFTP. The Field Programming Manager will report directly to FHCASA’s Executive Director and work in tandem with the Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager and the Communications and Outreach Manager. She or he will also form a field programming advisory committee of board members and other stakeholders to help with the development, execution, and evaluation of the programming. The manager has the option of working at home or at our office in Cockeysville, MD.

    FHCASA is in the process of developing a strategic plan, of which field programming is an essential component. The field programming manager will be responsible, in consultation with other staff and the field programming advisory committee, for developing and executing short-­, medium-­, and long-term goals to grow the program geographically and topically. The manager will oversee program expansion and supervise a part-­time program assistant. Submit résumé, two writing and/or marketing samples, and three references to Dena Leibman at dena@futureharvestcasa.org. Deadline: May 8, 2015. Salary $43,500, with a variable lump-­sum stipend to partially cover health insurance and other costs.

    Required Qualifications:

    Minimum of two years’ work experience in food and farming systems and sustainable agriculture in the non-­profit, government, or farming sectors; specific knowledge of the Chesapeake region food and farming community – which covers Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC – is a plus.
    A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, or related field;
    Training in small event planning key (the manager is responsible for successful field event planning and execution, which involves a great deal of relationship building over the phone and in person); marketing and communications experience a plus;
    Experience with, and demonstrated ability in, easily working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers and fishers to retailers, wholesalers, chefs, and consumers;
    Demonstrated superlative organizational skills to plan and execute about 20 educational programs per year, which includes parts of the annual conference;
    Demonstrated event organizing and event staffing experience;
    Demonstrated ability to work in a team, both internal and external, to create and strategically implement a vision for the school’s field programming, step-­by-­step;
    Fundraising experience a plus;
    Some exposure/experience with program evaluation via surveys, establishing metrics, and other analytical and evaluative systems;
    Demonstrated ability to easily pick up and master a variety of online tools for promoting and running the school; we are a virtual team and want to automate systems to keep our overhead low. Important applications: Excel, Word, Drupal, event registrations. InDesign, Photoshop, plus graphic design and/or photography experience a plus;
    Demonstrated ability to use traditional and new online communications platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Experience with Drupal or other web content systems a plus;
    A car for frequent travel, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory for InDesign; color printer – all kept in good working order.

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    Beginner Farmer Training Program Grads in Action! Baltimore Urban Farm Tour

    Beginner Farmer Training Program Grads in Action! Baltimore Farm Tour
    This Thursday, April 16 at 4 PM!

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE
    ($20 members/$40 non-members)

    Future Harvest’s Beginner Farmer Training Program has graduated some of the most exciting growers in the region, several of whom are helping to transform Baltimore with urban farms. Join us for this tour of 3 graduates’ urban farms in Baltimore City: Whitelock Community Farm, Hidden Harvest Farm, and Boone Street Farm.

    We’ll start at Whitelock Community Farm, to see how a community non-profit farm operates and how they manage their high tunnel production.
    Then, hop in your car and join the group several blocks away at the second stop, Hidden Harvest Farm, to learn about selling at on-farm stands and farmers markets in the city.  At this stop, we’ll also hear about the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City,  a network of producers that all three farms belong to, which works to increase the viability of urban farming and improve access to urban grown foods.
    Then on to Boone Street Farm to hear about community building, urban CSAs, and details about Future Harvest’s Foodshed Field School and BFTP.

    Finally, we would like to invite all field day attendees to join us for dinner at Gertrude’s restaurant (at the Baltimore Museum of Art), where we are thrilled to be featured in the restaurant’s Community Night program: a percentage of the proceeds from your meal or drink will be donated to support the BFTP!

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    FHCASA Benefit Dinner at Gertrude’s Restaurant

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    APRIL 16: Dinner at Gertrude’s Restaurant
    Benefits FHCASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program

    Please join us on Thursday, April 16th for dinner at Gertrude’s restaurant (located at the Baltimore Museum of Art), where we are thrilled to be featured in the restaurant’s Community Night program.  There is no ticket price: simply enjoy your dinner and a percentage of the proceeds from your meal or drink will be donated to support the BFTP!
    Please make reservations in advance by calling Gertrude’s: (410) 889-3399.

    Future Harvest staff, board members, and of course BFTP trainees will be present and we look forward to meeting you! Menu items will feature local foods, including produce donated by Jack and Beckie Gurley, who not only own Calvert’s Gift Farm, but are also founders of the BFTP and current trainers.

    See you on there!
    Sarah Sohn
    Program Manager
    Future Harvest CASA

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    Future Harvest CASA Hiring Field Programming Manager

    Job Opening: Field Programming Manager for Future Harvest CASA’s Foodshed Field School

    Future Harvest CASA seeks a full-time, energetic, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager to operate field programming for FHCASA’s Foodshed Field School.

    FHCASA provides education, networking, and advocacy to build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed from farm and fishery to table. The Foodshed Field School offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming on growing and sourcing locally and sustainably produced food and fiber in the Chesapeake region. The school consists of our annual conference, year-long Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP), and field programming that consists of about 20 workshops, field days, trainings and other educational events on farms and in food businesses around the region.

    For a full job description, please visit our website HERE.  Applications are due by May 8, 2015. 

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    Join the Future Harvest CASA team!

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    Join the Future Harvest CASA team as part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a volunteer program coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the sustainable food and farming scene in the Chesapeake region.
    You can view our host application HERE and download an application HERE.  All applications must be received by April 17th!

    Please email us with any questions at: futureharvestcasa@gmail.com.

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    Learn to Build a High Tunnel! April 10-11 at UMD Terp Farm

    High Tunnel Raising at UMD Terp Farm
    April 10-11
     
    REGISTER ONLINE

    Future Harvest CASA and Terp Farm, University of Maryland’s sustainable campus farm, are teaming up to bring you a new twist on the old-fashioned barn raising: an intensive workshop in which participants will learn to construct a high tunnel from start to finish.

    Over the course of two days, workshop participants will be guided by Guy Kilpatric, Terp Farm’s Lead Agricultural Technician, to build a 48′ x 22′ high tunnel for year-round growing.
     
    The workshop is limited to 10 participants.  A delicious breakfast and lunch will be provided by UMD Dining Services on both Friday and Saturday. 

    For more information and to register online, please visit our website HERE.

    Special thanks to event sponsors Maryland Department of Agriculture and UMD Dining Services!

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