Growing 500 jobs and delicious food
Growing 500 jobs and delicious food


The Fall and Winter Garden: A Permaculture Perspective


Saturday, Aug 13, 9 am – 12 pm

We will discuss and demonstrate selection of crops and various modes of crop protection for fall and winter gardening. We will discuss and where possible demonstrate the types of task and projects that can best be carried out during the cold seasons. We will show how preparation for next year’s main growing season begins in late summer the previous year, followed directly by a discussion of multi-year crop planning. You should be able to get those delicious, healthy greens all through the year, and watch how your health improves! Register online by August 10 at

Screening of two movies


Please join us from 7-9pm on August 16th at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House (5116 N Charles St) for a screening of two films, Out to Pasture and Saving Seeds, about how we can support farmers who support diversity. We will enjoy some locally grown popcorn and share a discussion with Leo Horrigan, producer of Out to Pasture, who will be on hand to help answer questions during the discussion. No cost or reservations required. Sponsored by the Baltimore Food and Faith Project, a project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. For more information, please call 410-502-5069, write to us at angsmith [at] jhsph [dot] edu. or visit our website at

Fall Courses Leading to Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture



ECO City Farms and Prince George's Community College Announce

Fall Courses Leading to Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture

EDMONSTON, MD – July 27, 2011 – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website, "every family needs a farmer." With about 2.2 million farms for 308 million Americans, we need a lot of new farmers. At the same time that more consumers, restaurants and retailers are demanding locally grown foods, fewer Americans grow up on farms and learn the necessary skills to make farming a career.

ECO City Farms offers a local solution through its Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture training program, presented in partnership with Prince George’s Community College. The program is the first of its kind in the region and provides a comprehensive introduction to starting an urban farm. “The local food movement emphasizes the benefits of growing food close to where people live,” said Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms. “For heavily populated areas like Prince George’s County, we’ll need a mix of urban and rural farms to provide a variety of local food options. We are working to demonstrate the possibilities of fresh food production inside the Beltway and these courses let us share our knowledge with the goal of empowering others to start urban farms as well.”

A total of six courses (28 hours of instruction) make up the Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture. The courses are taught at ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, Maryland, 20781 and are taught by ECO City Farms staff. The courses may be taken individually, but the completion of all six is required to receive the Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture.

Classes are held on Sep 6, 13, 27; Oct 4, 18, 27; Nov 1, 3;

Course descriptions and registration information are available at Registration is online at, click on Owl Link.

AGR-301 Urban Farming: The New Frontier
Tuesday, September 6 – 6:00-8:00 pm

AGR-311 Starting Your Urban Farm
Tuesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 20– 6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-320 Composting for Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscaping
Tuesday, September 27 and Tuesday, October 4 – 6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-330 High Tunnel Construction & Applications
Tuesday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 18 –6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-321 Introducing Urban Livestock on Your Farm
Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27 –5:30-7:30 pm

AGR-312 Post-Harvest Processing and Marketing
Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3 –5:30-7:30 pm

Home-Scale Permaculture Design Course


Starting Saturday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 11 (first of six weekends)
Heathcote Community, Freeland, MD

Learn ethical principles and practical skills for producing your own needs from local natural resources by mimicking natural ecosystems.

Topics include energy efficient site planning for house, gardens, orchard, woodlot and wildlife habitat; farm animal forage systems; beneficial microclimate; urban strategies for food and energy production; sustainable community economics and food security. Earn your Permaculture Design Apprentice Certificate. Six Weekends. Sliding scale $900 - $1,100.

Register by August 10 to get the $100 early bird discount! For details and to register online see:

For more information call 410-357-9523 or email education [at] heathcote [dot] org.


Green Building Institute: Permaculture Project Design Certificate


Course: September 17th - 24th

The Green Building Institute in Jessup, Maryland is sponsoring an 8 Day in class & field training Permaculture Design Certificate course from September 17th to September 24th, 2011. The course also qualifies for Permaculture - AIA & LA CEST credit:

The instructor is Wayne Weiseman, who is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects.

Wayne has taught and lectured internationally for many years. He has worked as a school teacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor he relied on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building, and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world.

Wayne has also worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past twenty-five years. Wayne is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full-service, international consulting and educational business promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. He is also co-director of Permergy, an educational organization teaching Permaculture and sustainable systems to corporations. For many years he managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy, appropriate technologies.

For more information please call 443-733-1234 or send an email to:
Heather Szymanski .

Mother Earth Hands-On Harvest Fair


4255 Pierceville Rd, Glen Rock, PA 17327 717-235-6610
spoutwood [at] comcast [dot] net

Saturday, October 1, 2011 10am to 5pm

The Seventh Annual Mother Earth Hands On Harvest Fair takes place Saturday October 1, 10am-5pm, once again hosted by Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA. This year the festival will focus on hands-on demonstrations and learning activities for all ages around the theme of “Fresh Local Approaches to Fun and Healthy Living.” Beyond the demos and activities there will be a special emphasis on live local music at several venues, lively dancing and creative arts. The Mother Earth Hands On Harvest Fair will be a true Celebration of Life in York County.

Children’s Village
The Harvest Fair will be family-focused and fun-filled. New this year will be a truly wondrous Children’s Village featuring Animals for Petting, a Harvest Parade of Garden Vegetables, Kids’ Yoga, Storytelling, Scarecrow Making and Creative Crafts.

Healthy-Mind-Body-Spirit and Nature Areas

The Healthy-Mind-Body-Spirit Tent will have Meditation and Yoga, Stress and Relaxation Techniques, Mindful Exercise and T’ai Chi. The Environment and Nature Area will showcase herbs for health and pleasure, Native and Invasive Plant Walks as well as stream monitoring and Watershed Education.

Harvest Food and Farming

Any Harvest Festival must feature autumn’s bounty of Food and Farming. This Fair will not disappoint with workshops and demonstrations on Honey and Beekeeping, A Fresh Food Farmers’ Market, Food Preparation and Preservation, Fall Harvest Food Sampling from Local Restaurants, Farm Animals, A Mule Wagon Ride, Hands-On Harvest Farm Garden Tours, Fruit and Grain Beverage-Making and Sampling as well as Apple Demos and Activities.

Entrance Fee and Parking

In order to make The Mother Earth Hands On Harvest Fair even more family friendly, kids 12 and under are free and adults only $5. Parking at the farm across the road will run $3 per vehicle.

Spoutwood Farm Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational farm located in Glen Rock, PA, 45 minutes from Baltimore, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Gettysburg. For further info, check the website, call 717-235-6610 or email spoutwood [at] comcast [dot] net or events [at] spoutwood [dot] org.

Contact: Rob Wood, 717-235-6610 or Dana Stout, 717-961-0629

Flowermart 2012



Flowermart 2012