SMALL FARM INSTITUTE, SMALL FARM CONFERENCE, INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL AND BEGINNING FARMERS
WELCOME TO THE SMALL FARM INSTITUTE
The Small Farm Institute (SFI) marks a partnership between the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Tthe USDA-Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) in the implementation of a Small Farm Outreach Initiative for small-scale, limited-resource, and/or socially disadvantaged farmers and landowners in Maryland and Virginia. The main goal of the project is to provide educational programs and outreach activities on a variety of Ag-related subjects that will enable farmers to own and operate farm businesses successfully as well as ensure their equitable participation in USDA agriculture programs.
The purpose of the Small Farm Institute website is to serve as an on-line source where farmers can go to for upcoming program events, general farm resource information, educational materials, and media from past workshops, conferences, and other outreach activities (sponsored by the project) in a sustainable and economical format.
The Small Farm Institute coordinates research and extension outreach programs for evaluation and development based on the current issues and interests among small family farm operations. The SFI utilizes facilities located at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus and research farm to plan and conduct most program events and activities.