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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Meeting Rooms—Large and small
- 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.
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.
The Center is home to the support services for the agricultural community by housing the offices of:
- Baltimore Soil Conservation District
- University of Maryland Extension—Baltimore County Office
- United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
- United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Services Agency (FSA)
Organizations that utilize the Center for meetings and activities include:
- Baltimore County Farm Bureau
- The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation
- Maryland Department of Agriculture
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Maryland Horse Breeders Association
- Maryland Wineries Association
- North County Preservation, Incorporated
- Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation
- Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
- Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance
- Other agricultural organizations