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The START Farmers' Network

START (Starting, Transitioning And ReTurning) Farmers' Network (a program of Maryland FarmLINK and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission), provides assistance and resources to new, young and beginning farmers. Formed in 2013, the group meets approximately monthly to network, discuss challenges, hear from experts and guest speakers, tour successful farms and more.

 

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MEETINGS: START Farmers’ Network alternates its meetings between locally-sourced restaurants, SMADC offices and farms. Information about upcoming events and START meetings are posted to the Maryland Farmlink Facebook page and Twitter page, along with local, state and national farming news. Or, email Greg Bowen (gbowen@smadc.com) to get notifications of all meeting times.

UPCOMING EVENTS: START's big event this year is the St. Mary’s Farm Tour [Time and place TBA]. Additionally, go to Maryland FarmLINK Workshops and Events page for the latest in workshops and events for farmers.

RESOURCES: SMADC maintains a beginning farmer resources webpage with resources geared specifically for new, young and transitioning farmers. Additionally, SMADC's main FARMER RESOURCE page lists a wide range of resources for all farmers.

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK: START members, your feedback helps in the planning of future programming and events. Please take our Social Network Survey and our Farm Tour today!

JOIN START! Any beginning or transitioning farmer is welcome to join START. Simply attend a START meeting. There is no formal application process, however, we would greatly appreciate some basic info about your goals so we can assist you more efficiently. Please take our Member Survey.

 

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9/4/13 FARM TOUR: START members tour of Yates Clagett’s pasture rotation operation.

7/19/13 NETWORK MEETING: START members meet with North Beach Farmers’ Market reps.

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3/17/13 LAUNCH: New farmers attend the first meeting of the START Farmers’ Network.

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Explore other farm resources offered by SMADC:
[FARMLINK] [beginning farmer resources] [FARM GRANTS] [TUTORIALS] [EQUIPMENT RENTAL] [MARKET SUPPORT]

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Read more about these SMADC programs:

[So. Maryland, So Good] [Southern Maryland Meats]
[Buy Local Challenge] [Maryland Farmlink]
[Southern Maryland Trails] [Cornelia and the Farm Band]

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