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Resources for Farms

Resources for Farms

SMADC has developed a wide range of tools, resources and support for farms, including grants, mentorships, equipment rental, forums, workshops and more. We offer support in marketing, in business development, and in navigating the often complex legislation associated with specialty fields.

 

MARKETING RESOURCES

SMADC's various programs offer opportunities for farms to market their products and take advantage of the "buy local" brand campaign:

FARM SUPPLY RESOURCES
Southern Maryland has many local resources for obtaining farm supplies.

FARM GRANTS

Several grant programs specific to farms include the Farm Viability Grant Program, Regional Grants and the Grapes For Wine Grants:

SPONSORSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

SMADC is offering both sponsorships and scholarships to residents in Southern Maryland. Sponsorships are typically awarded to an entity seeking sponsorship funds for events that provide information or assistance to benefit the region’s farming community. Scholarships are typically awarded to individuals who live in Southern Maryland to assist in the costs of attending training, a workshop or a program related to agriculture.

ONLINE AG COMMUNITY

SMADC has created an extensive on-line community, Maryland FarmLINK, where farmers can find partners, mentors, advice and more. Specific resources available on the site include:

TRAINING, TUTORIALS AND MENTORING

SMADC offers periodic training sessions/seminars, on-line tutorials, mentoring opportunities and a comprehensive list of regional workshops.

  • take one of these on-line tutorials designed by SMADC
  • sign up for e-mail notifications about upcoming SMADC training
  • be matched with a mentor/mentee via the Maryland Farmlink Mentor Match Program (in-person) or connect with an on-line mentor via the Maryland FarmLINK's "Search for Mentor" feature
  • bookmark Maryland FarmLINK's workshops page, an up-to-date list of workshops and seminars offered by SMADC and other agencies throughout the region
  • see a list of past training, workshops and seminars offered by SMADC [coming]

RESOURCES FOR BUYING, SELLING AND LEASING FARMLAND

SMADC has several resources for those wishing to buy, lease or sell farmland, including tools for REALTORS interested in selling agricultural real estate.

BEGINNING FARMER RESOURCES

SMADC is developing resources specific to new and/or young farmers, including:

EQUIPMENT

SMADC purchases equipment for use by local farms, including:

  • an array of tools and equipment to rent in the five Southern Maryland counties
  • refrigerated trailers for use by Southern Maryland meat producers in getting animals to/from processing
  • freezer cases in central locations throughout So. Maryland dedicated to local meats

FARMERS MARKET RESOURCES

SMADC provides grants and other support to markets in Southern Maryland, and those outside the region that carry a significant amount of products originating in Southern Maryland. Read more.

 

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