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Farming demands an unusual mix of craft, passion, and business savvy, all of which can feel intimidating when you’re new to farming. But there’s good news! Our Chesapeake region has a wealth of experienced, successful farmers who are committed to passing on their hard-earned lessons and teaching the next wave of farmers. We also have a rich network of agencies and organizations, like Future Harvest CASA, which provide support to new farmers. Sarah & Niamh will help you learn which of Future Harvest CASA’s three training levels might be best for you.Sarah Sohn is the Director of the Beginner Farmer Training Program, which is now in its 9th season. Before coming to Future Harvest CASA, she worked on several farms throughout the region, including Clagett Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, & Side by Side Farm. Sarah has a B.A. from Yale University & a J.D. from the Univ. of Michigan.
Niamh Shortt is an Eastern Shore of Maryland native and has worked on various farms throughout the region: Calliope Farm, Salisbury, MD; Greenbranch Farm, Salisbury, MD; Herbs and Spice Farm, Selbyville, DE; and Hattie’s Garden, Lewes, DE. Recently she worked as the Project Manager for a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant awarded to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market in Lewes, DE – in that role she organized and ran workshops, market events, and experiments to help bolster the regional consumption and production of locally produced agricultural products. She has a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and a MSc in Sustainable Development from Trinity College Ireland. She became interested in farming while living in New Orleans, LA, but didn’t really “dig in” until 2012 when she started farming in her parents’ homeland, Ireland. She is impressed by the length of the growing season here on Delmarva and believes that this rich-agricultural region has the potential to grow and shine even more. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Beginning Farmer Guidebook was developed as part of the Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success program and is intended to be a resource for agricultural service providers and farmers in the region. The guide should be used as a companion to the Beginning Farmer Success website (this website) which contains additional resource material to support farmers in Maryland.