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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

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Agriculture - Beyond The Farm

  • Serenity Farm 6932 Serenity Farm Road Hughesville, MD, 20637 United States (map)

Come to this incredible one-day workshop to hear experts speak on agriculture and how it needs to become an integrated part of planning. It connects to development, tourism, and community experiences. We can use the assets that are naturally available to enhance the quality of life for our citizens and visitors. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Learn some background on Farming 4 Hunger, Inc. and how a field of potatoes expanded into numerous programs that other jurisdictions are putting in place nationwide. See the place that Bernie Fowler, Jr. discussed as the 2016 APA conference keynote speaker and view the wall of no return.
Hurry up and register! Last day of registration will be Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. Please indicate if you need a vegetarian lunch.
Discussion and some relaxing will continue after the workshop at the Running Hare Winery in Prince Frederick, Md. Cheese and crackers provided by us.

Farming 4 Hunger started as a way to feed the hungry by growing fresh produce and distributing it locally. It has quickly evolved into a community outreach program, has become an educational source for our youth on agriculture and team building, and has taught coaching for life building skills designed for the inmates who work on the farm. Other programs have sprung from this work, like the “Getting Ahead While Getting Out” program, which is part of the 2nd Chances Initiative. This program works to give prisoners a true second chance upon completing their sentence.  

The farm has also become a place of healing and memorializing loved ones lost from addictions. Farming 4 Hunger has won numerous awards and is being used as a model not just in other counties in Maryland, but nationwide.  

Hear from our guest speakers:

Greg BowenExecutive Director, American Chestnut Land Trust

Learn about Maryland agriculture in the 20th Century, the Local Food Movement and the return of regional food supplies, regulatory and policy challenges and how counties can facilitate the creation of a regional food system.

Shelby Sullivan, Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural, Development Commission (SMADC)

Learn about AgriVision: Planning for Agritourism, and learn about the importance of incorporating agricultural businesses into community planning.

***This event will provide at least 1 CM Credit!***

*This event is happening RAIN OR SHINE*

Register for your ticket HERE. Supplies are limited.

RSVP on the FB page HERE

Check out the Event Agenda HERE.


Earlier Event: May 17
Later Event: May 19
Gaithersburg Book Festival