Olivia Vidotto's Southern Maryland Regional Report
2018 has been a great year so far; cold, but that doesn’t stop us from staying engaged! MD APA is working towards many informative and fun events for the upcoming year.
We are planning a very exciting one-day event scheduled for Friday, May 18th at Serenity Farms in southern Maryland. I am working with Bernie Fowler Jr., founder of Farming 4 Hunger, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, and our keynote speaker for the 2016 APA Maryland conference.
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.
Farming 4 Hunger is in the spotlight right now and Bernie’s words are sought all across the nation. This is not an event to miss. Attendance will be limited so mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.
I am looking forward to doing some after work social events. A few ideas are to visit the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on a Saturday and to host a few webinars. I welcome all thoughts and ideas on places and topics for this upcoming year. I am always available via email or phone for discussions on events, continuing education or any concerns. Spring is coming but winter is here for another six weeks according to that groundhog, so stay warm everyone.
Southern MD APA representative