We’re off to the Governor’s for the Buy Local Cookout!

We’re off to the Governor’s for the Buy Local Cookout!

Our usual work day here at SMADC consists of meetings, proofreading and deadlines. But today we got to shuck corn! Seems a little weird, right? Well SMADC is excited to be featured in one of the chosen recipes, Slow-Roasted Goat Tacos with Sweet Corn Succotash, at the 11th Annual Buy Local Cookout held by Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday, July 19th! Submitted by SMADC staffer, and renowned local Chef, Craig Sewell, the recipe will include Southern Maryland Meats products from Monnett Farms in Calvert County, produce…

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How to Plant a Southern Maryland Pollinator Garden

How to Plant a Southern Maryland Pollinator Garden

Guest Post by Rich Dolesh This article originally appeared first in the Black Swamp Creek Land Trust Newsletter Long taken for granted, pollinators perform a valuable service for agriculture, horticulture, and ecosystem health.  But there is growing concern across the United States about the long-term health of pollinators.  Despite their immense economic and environmental value, pollinating insect species are facing serious threats to their health and even their continued existence from insecticides, loss of habitat, extreme weather, parasites and disease,…

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Southern Maryland Meat Processing Recap Pt. 1

Southern Maryland Meat Processing Recap Pt. 1

The desire for local meat processing in Southern Maryland has been a priority for SMADC and livestock producers for over a decade. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for such a facility with generous financial incentives was released last September. Unfortunately, the RFP did not receive a viable response. Determined to bring these much-needed services to this area, a new approach was presented to Southern Maryland meat producers in a Town Hall meeting held March 22 at the SMECO Headquarters Auditorium…

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Owl’s Nest Farm – 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

Owl’s Nest Farm – 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

Owl’s Nest Farm is a diversified vegetable farm on four acres in Prince George’s County, just twenty miles from Washington, D.C. Established in 2016, the farm is Certified Naturally Grown and they currently sell their products through a CSA, Farmer’s Market, and Restaurants. They applied for the SMADC Agricultural Mini-Grant in July 2017 to build a rainwater catchment system for their high tunnel to ensure reliable water access during the winter months. This allows the farm to expand and continue…

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Trossbach Produce – 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

Trossbach Produce – 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

Trossbach Produce, is a family-owned and operated farm located in St. Mary’s County, just north of Point Lookout State Park. They sell peaches and berries as well as a variety of fresh vegetables, jams, and baked goods. As Trossbach Produce transitions from one generation to the next, they applied for the SMADC Agricultural Mini-Grant in July 2017 to support the construction of a 4,080 square foot high tunnel to extend their growing season and to better facilitate current and future…

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It’s That Time of the Year! Winter Workshop Season is Here

It’s That Time of the Year! Winter Workshop Season is Here

Winter is that one time of year when farmers get to enjoy a little downtime from the farm, dive into the seed catalogs, and head to the classroom! Dozens of workshops and regional conferences are going on around the state on every farm topic there is. You can check out a complete listing of events on Maryland FarmLINK. Staff recently attended and participated in Future Harvest CASA’s Conference in College Park, Maryland’s Best Expo in Annapolis, and On-Farm Food Safety…

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Highlights from SMADC’s Annual Report

Highlights from SMADC’s Annual Report

As 2017 comes to a close and we begin to reflect, we come to see how much we have accomplished here at SMADC this year. 2017 was a year of transition and growth for SMADC, and we want to thank all of the farmers, agribusiness, and industry partners that have helped us grow and expand! SMADC’s FY’17 report was released in early November sporting a stylish new look with a professionally printed magazine-type format designed by Jamie Tiralla of All…

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804 Cattle Farm- SMADC 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

804 Cattle Farm- SMADC 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

  804 Cattle Company, is a small, family-owned cattle company in Prince George’s County. 804 applied for the SMADC Agricultural Mini-Grant in July 2017 to facilitate building a corral and chute system on their 33-acre farm. The purpose of the corrals and chute system allows them to effectively and safely handle their cattle in order to perform preventative care, wean calves, perform pregnancy and health examinations and to artificially inseminate.  804 was awarded the grant in September, and has already completed the…

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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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