December 11th, 2014

Future Harvest CASA “Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed” Annual Conference January 15-17

by Maryland Farmers Market Association

College Park, MD-Farmers, food activists, and locavores from all corners of the Chesapeake region will be gathering for the largest local and sustainable agriculture event in the lower Mid-Atlantic, January 15-17, 2015.

The conference, now in its 16th year, has expanded to three full days with 8 pre-conference workshops, 42 sessions, two keynotes, and more!

A full day of pre-conference, skill building and homesteading workshops kicks off the program. Participants can choose from eight in- depth how-to workshops, covering everything from beekeeping to food photography to canning.

Then comes the conference – four tracks for farmers; three for food entrepreneurs, foodies, and activists. Sessions throughout the conference include:

  • Fruit & Vegetable Production – latest innovations for best yields
  • Made Local: Artisanal Foods – the local libation and craft food boom
  • Everybody Eats: Health & Food – sourcing fresh, healthy, local food
  • Grass-fed: Meat & Dairy – for the serious livestock producer
  • Beginning Farming – resources and networking for getting started
  • Environment, Community, & Policy – building a strong regional food economy
  • Business of Farming – how to farm sustainably and profitably

“This conference is a big, open tent for Chesapeake region farmers, food activists, and food lovers,” says Deanna Leibman, Executive Director of Future Harvest CASA. “It’s for anyone who wants to be part of building a profitable food system that protects our land and water, provides the freshest, highest quality food, and strengthens our communities and great cities. It’s for anyone who wants to celebrate the great food and drink produced here in our region.”

The opening keynote will be delivered by Lindsay Shute, Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, speaking about farmers and consumers can work together to build a better food system. Local food advocate and celebrated Baltimore chef, Spike Gjerde, will give a dinner keynote on making farm-to-table work. Additional attractions will include a Hoophouse Haiku contest, Photography of the Foodshed slideshow, food trucks, local food dinner, and samplings of local libations and craft food.

Click to the view the conference program, logistics, & registration information. page1image19872page1image20032

For media inquiries contact Sarah Sohn at or (410) 549-7878.

About the Author Maryland Farmers Market Association