This class series is designed for people who are considering or in the beginning stages of starting a farm as a business.


The Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Course is a ten-week introduction to the foundational topics an aspiring farmer in Maryland should know. Topics covered will include business planning, marketing, crop production, livestock husbandry, soil health, pest management, food safety, and regulations and certifications. Additional elective resources will cover more specialized topics, such as organic production, urban agriculture, and direct marketing to local customers.


The course will be offered virtually, in a blended at-your-own-pace (asynchronous) and live (synchronous) format. At-your-own-pace lessons will be completed on the course page at Campus. Weekly live Q&As with Extension educators, farmers, and agricultural service providers will be available to participants who complete the week’s homework.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Neith Little at