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Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

Photo of a pig named Clementine sitting in straw

The goal of the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park is to connect the County's diverse population with food, land and the natural environment through educational opportunities, interactive demonstrations and authentic agricultural experiences.

Programs and Events

Advanced registration is required for all events and is accepted until 4 p.m. on the Friday before the event. Email baltcoagcenter@baltimorecountymd.gov to register or inquire about the following:

  • Adult Speaker Series and Book Club
  • Birthday Parties—Offered on Saturday and Sunday for groups of 30 or less, includes:
    • A one-hour, farmer-led animal encounter
    • Hay ride
    • One hour of pavilion use
  • Education Programs—Agriculture, nature, preschool, scouts
  • Facility Rentals
    • Commercial Kitchen
    • Greenhouse
    • Grounds
    • Meeting Rooms—Large and small
    • Pavilion
    • Riding arenas—Large and small
  • Field Trips—Offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • Down On The Farm—Learn where your food comes from, take a hay ride and meet our resident farm animals.
    • How Does My Garden Grow?—Discover the role of insects, animals and natural forces in pollination and seed dispersal. 
    • Soils—Meet the microorganisms that make up soil, take a soil sample and learn to make compost. 
  • Schooling—Space is offered for jumping and flat work. 
  • Special Events
  • Summer Camps

About the Master Plan

The Center aims to:

  • Consolidates many of the support services for the agricultural community
  • Serves as an educational resource center and field destination for school children and adults
  • Promotes the future sustainability of the agricultural industry
  • Provides open space benefits of walking and equestrian trail riding

Read the final master plan for the site, which highlights:

  • Farm Life—Designed to function as a farmstead with barns, livestock stalls and pastures, crop operations, a farm manager's house and a farm life demonstration area.
  • Education—Provides hands-on learning about agricultural practices and the importance and economic benefits of local food production, and other agricultural activities.
  • Demonstration—Includes information and demonstration areas on numerous subjects including gardening, forestry and beekeeping.
  • Equestrian—To accommodate activities such as clinics, seminars, competitions and demonstrations, an indoor riding facility and an outdoor riding ring are planned.
  • Recreation—Picnic pavilions and a comfort station enhance the recreational activities provided by the hiking trails and open spaces.

Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Inc.

Learn more about the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC), which develops and implements programs, and promotes agricultural resources.

Partners

Baltimore County recognizes the invaluable assistance of the National Park Services' Land and Water Conservation Fund "State Assistance Program,"—which provided over $1 million—and the State of Maryland's Program Open Space (POS)—which provided over $2.1 million towards funding the site acquisition, design and construction.

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Contact Us

Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Office Hours:

Monday through Sunday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Education Center Hours:

Monday through Sunday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park Hours:

March through October
7 a.m. to sunset

November through February
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone:

Fax:

410-832-4402

Farm Manager:

Gina Porter

 
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