No matter where you are on your farming journey, you already know that success depends on getting a quality product to market. Learning how and when to pick, wash, sort, and pack your produce is as important as knowing how to grow it.

Join Chesapeake Harvest, Future Harvest CASA, Sassafras Creek Farm, and Cottingham Farm, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), and Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) for two, full-day events, packed with delicious information. Experienced trainer, Trish Tripp, of Artisan Food Solutions will lead participants in an exploration of all things post-harvest.  A post-harvest handling and food safety expert, Tripp has helped more than 200 growers add value to their farms, through similar workshops and individualized technical assistance.

Classroom training at local ag centers, followed by on-farm, hands-on experience will provide tools that can contribute to wholesale and retail success.  Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards for harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life.

Workshops begin at 9 AM and conclude at 3 PM. $20 registration fee covers printed materials and lunch. More information and tickets are available under the Events sections of the Chesapeake Harvest or Future Harvest Facebook pages or here: http://bit.ly/PostHarvest  Registration deadline is October 31st .

On Monday, November 4th, the workshop begins at the St. Mary’s County Farm Service Agency 26737 Radio Station Way, Suite B, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 then moves to Sassafras Creek Organic Farm, 23217 Bayside Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

On Wednesday, November 6th, the event begins at Talbot Agriculture Education Center 10659 Hiners Ln, Easton, MD 21601 then moves to Cottingham Farm, 28038 Goldsborough Neck Rd, Easton, MD 21601

These events are made possible through funding from Town Creek Foundation, with additional support from USDA’s Food Safety Outreach Program, UMES, Rural Maryland and SMADC.