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Maya Kosok of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.

“Urban Farmers Unite: The Farm Alliance of Baltimore Story.”

Future Harvest A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
14th Annual “Farming for Profit and Stewardship” Conference
January 18,19, 2013 – National Conference Center – Lansdowne, VA

Friday, January 18
SESSION II – 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Urban Farmers Unite! The Farm Alliance of Baltimore Story
Maya Kosok, Baltimore, Maryland — Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Elisa Lane, Baltimore, Maryland – Whitelock Community Farm
Tyler Brown, Baltimore, Maryland – Real Food Farm

The Farm Alliance of Baltimore City launched in fall 2011 as a network of urban farmers seeking to increase the viability of urban farming and the accessibility of urban-grown foods. Founding members of the group will discuss first-year lessons ranging from securing funding, operating a joint farmers market stand and shared EBT machine, to running workshops for other new farmers, building a shared brand, and more. They will share their successes and challenges while looking at how similar networks and co-ops can support new growers, whether urban or rural.

SESSION I – 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Occupy Backyards: Get Chickens Legal in Your City, Town or Homeowners Association

Patricia Foreman, Lexington, Virginia — Good Earth Publications
About 85 percent of first-time requests for code amendments to allow backyard chickens pass — Pat Foreman will show you how. Learn about the 7 Myths of Urban Poultry and the facts needed to , and learn how to organize local support and tactics to get family flocks to “Occupy Backyards.” Foreman is the author of City Chicks and co-host of “Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer” radio show.

Future Harvest A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest CASA) is a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

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