Breathe! I’m soooo excited to get started. So much great information shared at the Future Harvest 20th Anniversary Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA) Conference. A must attend event for future and present small scale sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake Bay region.
I attended great business presentations by The Farmer’s Office and Kitchen Table Consultants and informative break out sessions by Good Dog Farm and Hillen Homestead. The “care farm” concept was introduced by Red Wiggler Farm, a new term/non-profit model to me. The do’s and don’ts of running a successful market stand was explored in depth by the Historical Lewes Farmers Market- non-profit organization with a producer-only farmers market located in Lewes, Delaware.
Lastly, connecting with a network of people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicity who value agriculture and the environment was extremely rewarding. Valuable information was shared and I’m inspired by hard working, dedicated entrepreneurs. It’s clear, farming is hard work but gratifying in a myriad of ways.
Next up is collaborative Winter Workshop- Starting a Small, Intensive, Farm for Commercial Markets . The first class was amazing, over 60 farmers or those with just an idea about wanting to farm attended. There’s still time to sign up, each session is just $10 or $60 for whole series.
For now, I’m dreaming about seeds, soil and sustainability. Stay tuned!