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Frostburg Grows Offers Sustainable Agriculture Training in Exchange for Volunteer Work
07/14/2015

Farmers can receive free training in sustainable agriculture through Frostburg State University’s Frostburg Grows through a work exchange program.

Frostburg Grows will present a summer training program in sustainable agriculture with a two-week course from Aug. 2 to 15. (This is a revised schedule from the initial announcement.) The program is for anyone who is looking to start, expand or diversify a farming operation.

Attendees can select certain days or sessions to attend for free in exchange for volunteering at Frostburg Grows or pay $2,475 for the entire two-week program, which includes lunches, dinners and lodging at Edgewood Commons, an apartment complex on the FSU campus. Up to four course credits can be earned for the program. Credit hours are billed separately according to the credit rates of the college or university through which students receive credit.

To view the program schedule or to register, visit www.frostburggrows.com. For more information, including details about the work exchange program, contact Corey Armstrong at 301-687-3136 or cbarmstrong@frostburg.edu.

Much of the program is based on hands-on learning on farms throughout the Western Maryland region. Participants will have the opportunity to tour farms, including Goodness Grows in Bedford, Pa., Backbone Farm in Oakland, Md., Savage River Farm in Lonaconing, Md., and Lavender Farm in Accident, Md., and learn about methods and technologies from experienced farmers. The program also includes classes taught by experts in agriculture and food policy. Subjects include greenhouse and high-tunnel growing, extending the growing season, vertical growing systems, renewable energy, rainwater collection and irrigation, crop planning and rotation, soil science and composting, business management, entrepreneurship and others.

Participants will also go on a weekend camping retreat to New Germany State Park, where they will learn about sustainability leadership. They will also enjoy a dinner and roundtable discussion at Frostburg’s farm-to-table restaurant, Shift. There may be an optional white water rafting trip at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Md.

Frostburg Grows is a sustainable agriculture training center in Western Maryland. In addition to providing education to local farmers, the Frostburg Grows team grows produce for FSU’s dining hall in six high-tunnel greenhouses and grows native tree seedlings in a shade house. It won the 2014 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award and was a national finalist in the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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