SMADC’s Regional Agriculture Project Awarded! 

SMADC’s Regional Agriculture Project Awarded! 

Regional Agriculture Project (RAP) is designed to further SMADC’s mission to support farms, farmers, and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. Its purpose is to create economic viability for farmers in Southern Maryland and to foster collaboration among the region to enhance and sustain the regions’ agricultural economy. SMADC encouraged everyone to work together on this grant on multiple levels within the county — Farm Bureaus, Soil Conservation Districts, Economic Development/county government offices, University of Maryland Extension and area…

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Welcome-Charles County’s First AMP!

Welcome-Charles County’s First AMP!

Though each is a little different, the statewide agricultural marketing professionals (commonly referred to as “AMPs”) represent farmers and agriculture producers in their county and provide marketing and business assistance. Positions are typically housed in the Economic Development offices,  or University of Maryland Extension– and work with both, in addition to their local Soil Conservation district, MARBIDCO and SMADC. The Maryland AMP’s network formally gets together a few times a year to network, share innovative developments, problem solve and brainstorm ideas…

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From Vine to Wine – Grape Harvest Season in Maryland

From Vine to Wine – Grape Harvest Season in Maryland

Right now marks the busiest time of year for wine grape growers in Southern Maryland and across the region. Farmers who grow wine grapes, harvest grapes all at once at the end of  summer verses other types of production that happen periodically throughout the season such as produce, meat, eggs and honey. As farmers in Southern Maryland were transitioning away from tobacco in the early to mid 2000’s, during the Tobacco Buyout, SMADC provided a research grant to University of…

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Finding Suitable Land Through Maryland FarmLINK

Finding Suitable Land Through Maryland FarmLINK

In late 2016, Benny and Courtney Pino started a quest to move their farm operation, Loblolly Farm, closer to the markets of the Washington D.C. region. They opened a map and narrowed their search to any suitable farm site within a few hours of Washington D.C. From their home in Southern Florida, they pulled up Google on their laptop, where FarmLINK websites from across the country popped-up. In the Washington D.C. region, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland all had FarmLINK websites which…

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A celebration of farms and food in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Challenge’

A celebration of farms and food in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Challenge’

The first ever ‘Buy Local Challenge 10th Anniversary Celebration – Southern Maryland Style’ event, was held this past Monday evening July 31st, at Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Southern Prince George’s County, which the Watson family kindly donated for the evening of the the event. The farm festival featured 30 local farmers, producers, artisans, and vendors who pitched ‘farmers market style’ booths and tents on the farm lawn and offered product tastings and sales of their delicious wares. Sampling…

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Farm therapy merges nature and nurture European “Care Farming” concept takes root on a Charles County farm

Farm therapy merges nature and nurture European “Care Farming” concept takes root on a Charles County farm

Story by Conni Leigh James and Priscilla Wentworth; photos by Conni Leigh James Karen Malkin is a lawyer, specializing in program appeals and litigation. She’s also a Reiki master, and a teacher and coach specializing in cognitive energy therapy. But most importantly, she is a self-proclaimed “Care Farm Pioneer,” a job description that speaks to a facet of agriculture that is cutting-edge contemporary and, at the same time, very ancient. “People are suffering from a real nature deficit in general,” said…

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What do Southern Maryland Meats, Distilled Spirits, and Alpacas all have in common?  

What do Southern Maryland Meats, Distilled Spirits, and Alpacas all have in common?  

…They will all be together Monday, July 31, 2017! Join SMADC, farmers, and local farm and craft vendors for a celebration of Maryland’s farms and food at the Buy Local Challenge 10th Anniversary Celebration Event – Southern Maryland Style. The event is open to the public as part of our efforts to continue to promote the regions’ farms, and provide outreach to the community about Maryland farms. The event will feature tastings of local farm products, a locally sourced Southern Maryland style buffet…

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SMADC Appoints New Chairman of the Board

SMADC Appoints New Chairman of the Board

Since 2001, SMADC has operated at the behest of a team of board members comprised of representatives from different agriculture sectors who provide updates, information and recommendations to the board to assist the Southern Maryland agriculture industry. This April, SMADC appointed a new Chairman, Yates Clagett, to oversee the 19 member board– and in May, Yates officially kicked off the board meeting. As a former tobacco producer who transitioned to cattle, Yates understands the history of SMADC, where it has come from…

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SMADC debuts new logo!

SMADC debuts new logo!

There’s been a flurry of exciting updates at SMADC over the past month, including our latest announcement: the unveiling of a new logo! The new logo brings together the origins of SMADC’s historic foundation in one colorful image. Showcasing the stewardship of our land and waterways– the iconic tobacco barn, the Chesapeake Bay, row crops, and that hot Maryland sun– all point to SMADC’s bright, new horizon! The larger re-branding and marketing initiative we are currently undertaking, aims to increase awareness for our programs, making SMADC a household name…

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Lively Meet & Greet Open House

Lively Meet & Greet Open House

Earlier this month, Shelby Watson-Hampton joined SMADC as the new Director. Shelby and the SMADC Staff were excited to kick things off by hosting an event to welcome the Southern Maryland community into our offices for networking with a “Meet and Greet” Open House. Southern Maryland farmers, producers, agricultural organizations, elected officials and others with a vested interest in local agriculture were invited to attend. Over the course of the two days, we had over 50 attendees representing all five counties and…

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