Start a New Farm

If you are starting a new farm in Calvert County, there is a wealth of information available to assist you. Collectively this information will help with steps involved to get your farm up and running.

Starting a new business is an exciting and challenging undertaking and it is important that you familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for starting a business in Calvert County. The Department of Economic Development (DED) can help you navigate the zoning and permit process, find relevant courses and direct you to agricultural agencies that can assist you. No matter what you need, DED is available to assist you. Please contact DED on 410-535-4583 or email us.

Small Business Development Center

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program of the University of Maryland Center for Applied Policy Studies, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Maryland Department of Commerce, Southern Maryland SBDC, the College of Southern Maryland and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.

The is staffed with certified, professional business counselors who collaborate closely with local business leaders in the Southern Maryland region and the Calvert County Department of Economic Development to provide assistance to small business owners. Our Calvert County counselor, Kathy MacAdams, can provide free one-on-one counseling services for a variety of business needs including:

  • Accounting systems
  • Business plan development
  • Business valuation
  • Equity funding development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Financial analysis and financial projections
  • Management information systems
  • Management issues
  • Market research/planning
  • Needs assessments
  • Strategic planning
  • Structuring a business

For more information or to set up an appointment, please email Kathy MacAdams or contact her at 410-535-4583, ext. 2726, 301-866-1923 or 301-934-7580.

Beginning Farmer Success Program

The Beginning Farmer Success Program by the University of Maryland Extension: This program provides new farmers with resources and contacts to be able to explore enterprise options, refine ideas, develop plans and strategies and implement their farming practice.

Beginning Farmer Resources

Beginning Farmer Resources by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission: These resources specifically benefit new or transitioning farmers.

  • START
    (Starting, Transitioning and ReTurning Farmers Network (a program of Maryland FarmLINK), provides networking opportunities, assistance and resources to new, young and beginning farmers.
  • Mentor Match Program
    This Maryland FarmLINK program pairs experienced farmers (mentors) with new or transitioning farm owners/operators (mentees) for one-on-one training, advice and interaction.
  • Farmland to Lease or Purchase
    Direct consulting for those wishing to work, lease or purchase farmland in Maryland.
  • Equipment and Resources

Beginner Farmer Training Program

The Beginner Farmer Training Program by Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a year long program for people who are interested in taking their passion for farming to the next level.

Start 2 Farm

The Start2Farm site and program by the National Agricultural Library, USDA, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Institute of Food and Agriculture is available to assist people new to farming and those having less than 10 years of experience.