College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Meredith Epstein

Salvador Fawkes at the UMD Community Learning Garden
Visitors to the University of Maryland’s Community Learning Garden often ask the question: where does all the food go? Until this summer, the answer has always been the same: the bounty of cucumbers...
Lillian “Lilli” Kahl may not be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound; yet the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA)...
While most students at the University of Maryland (UMD) made a Spring Break beeline to the beach, Institute of Applied Agriculture student Becky Jones and her three determined colleagues traveled to...

History on the Half Shell: The Decline and Restoration of Maryland Oysters

Tuesday, May. 2,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Donald Webster is a Commercial Aquaculture Regional Specialist with University of Maryland Extension . He will discuss the history of the oyster industry, including periods of decline and recent efforts to rebuild using hatchery technology. He will also cover basic oyster biology, the operation of...

Starting a Sustainable Farm

Tuesday, Apr. 18,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Are you curious about starting your own farm? Interested in the use of sustainable agricultural practices? With enterprise selection, financing, credit, land access, business management, and more to consider, it can be challenging to make the first move. Ben ( University of Maryland Extension ) and...

Fermentation Demo and the Local Food Movement

Tuesday, Apr. 4,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Co-Owners and lead Food Alchemists of HEX Ferments , a Baltimore based fermented foods company, will share how they got started, why they work with local organic growers and why it is important to strengthen the local foodshed. They will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut and kombucha while talking...

Regulatory Pathways for Genetically Engineered Organisms

Tuesday, Mar. 28,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Kate and Bill will share the work they do at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They will focus on the USDA’s regulatory pathway for genetically engineered (GE) prganisms and the...

Cannabis Production as a Local Agricultural Enterprise

Tuesday, Mar. 14,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
With legalization underway in many states, how does cannabis production fit into the overall scene of sustainable agriculture? Natalie ( Buds Organic ) will discuss cannabis as an up-and-coming legal enterprise, its value in the overall economy, and sustainable or organic production methods. She...

Sustainable Agriculture's Role in Saving the Chesapeake Bay

Tuesday, Mar. 7,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Rob's ( Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland Grazers Network ) talk will cover descriptions of joint efforts between CBF , University of Maryland Extension , Natural Resources Conservation Service , and local livestock farmers to manage agricultural runoff and enhance farm viability. The Grazers...

Food Access Programming and Urban Empowerment

Tuesday, Feb. 28,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jull Hall, Room 1123
Nick ( Community Foodworks ) and Mary Alice ( Dreaming Out Loud ) will share the work they do at local non-profit organizations that operate urban farmers markets and increase access to fresh, locally grown food. The evening will take a larger focus on the concepts of food justice and food...

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