Field School

Continuing Education for farmers

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The Field School is a series of educational programs offered throughout the year. We partner with the Chesapeake region’s leading farmers, researchers, and technical service providers to offer hands-on learning and skills building opportunities, professional development opportunities, and exposure to the latest research and trends in agriculture. Our programs follow a farmer-to-farmer learning model and are conducted through a variety of formats: field tours, hands-on days, intensives, panel discussions, and webinars. All experience levels are welcome to engage in our on-farm events, webinars, and workshops.

We cover a long and ever-changing list of topic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Sustainable fruit, vegetable, and livestock production
  • Land access and food sovereignty
  • Food safety
  • Soil Health best practices
  • Specialty crop production including: cut flowers, small grains, tree fruit, and mushrooms

IMPACT:

In 2023, Future Harvest:

  • Hosted 26 on farm educational and networking events, including:
    • 4 hands-on days for Beginner Farmer Trainees
    • 4 Cover Crop Field Days
    • 3 Member meetups 
  • Reached 600+ farmers, aspiring farmers, ag service providers, food systems professionals, and ag-tivists via on farm education events


Questions? Want to host a field day?
Please contact Amy Mullan amymullan@futureharvest.org.

The Future Harvest team is eagerly at work planning our 2024 Field Days. Have an event idea? Want to host a Field Day at your farm? Let us know! Your feedback and engagement supports Future Harvest’s work to create better food and farming in the Chesapeake foodshed. Thank you for being part of our community!

In 2020 we offered 20+ webinars and on-farm programs reaching more than 950 farmers 

  • We helped more than 150 new farmers learn practical skills and gain exposure to a variety of farm operations and practices.
  • We provided more than 130 experienced farmers with a space to brainstorm, problem solve, and regroup during the COVID crisis. (Topics discussed ranged from marketing and distribution pivots, health and safety concerns, managing financial risk, meat & slaughterhouse shortages, and more.)
  • We helped farmers of all experience levels gain exposure to new research, funding opportunities, and regional initiatives (like the Million Acre Challenge).
  • We helped 75+ farmers learn from other farmers and researchers about ways to improve and understand soil health practices
  • We helped 85+ farmers improve their marketing plans and business strategies
  • More than 65% of Future Harvest’s farming network is from a socially or economically marginalized community.

Read about our recent work, Risk Management Training for Socially Disadvantaged Farmershere.

We welcome donations towards the Field School and all or our Future Harvest programming. Support from funders like you helps to ensure equity in the food and farming system.

Thank you to our 2023 Field Day Hosts:

Where Pigs Fly Farm Centreville, MD
Broiler Chicken Production & Soil Health Management Plan

UMES Research, Extension and Teaching Farm, Princess Anne, MD
Small Engine Machine Operation, Maintenance & Safety Workshop with Shane LaBrake

Winding Root Farm, Rohrersville, MD
Flower Production

Porch View Farm, Woodbine, MD
Regenerative Grazing, Silvopasture, and More

Potomac Vegetable Farms, Vienna, VA
CSA Vegetable Farming 

Terp Farm. Upper Marlboro, MD
Produce Safety 

Nice Farms Creamery, Federalsburg, MD
Pasture Management

Moon Valley Farm, Woodsboro, MD
Building Soil Health While Maximizing Productivity 

Thank you to our 2023 BFTP Hands-on days hosts:

Gathering Springs Farm
Carter Farms
Fox Briar Farm
Owl’s Nest Farm

Thank you to our 2023 ALDI Field Day hosts:

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Seeded Farm
Arcadia Farm
Fields4Valor
Community Roots Garden
Grapewood

Thank you to our Cover Crop Tour hosts:

Arnold Farms
Masons Heritage Farm
SB Farms, Inc
Hurley Farm
Lewis Farm

Check out some of our past events

Questions? Want to host a field day? Please contact Amy Mullan amymullan@futureharvest.org