Small Farm and Urban Agriculture Program

Calvert Soil Conservation District

Now Accepting Applications for our
Small Acreage Cover Crop Program

Maryland’s new Small Farm and Urban Agriculture Program provides financial assistance to support small-scale agricultural operations located in urban, peri-urban, rural, and suburban areas. It aims to increase community access to healthy foods by helping farmers improve their management of natural resources by adopting Bay-friendly and climate-smart farming practices. The program is now accepting applications for its Small Acreage Cover Crop Program. Additional programs aimed at urban and small farms are currently in the planning stages. 

​WHO SHOULD APPLY
Individuals, organized for-profit agricultural businesses, or non-profit organizations may apply for our grants. The operation must produce a farm product that generates a minimum of $1,000 of sales or donations annually.  In addition, the grantee is responsible for all local, state, or federal regulations and permits necessary for the agricultural operation. The farm product must be grown or raised in the state of Maryland. The following types operations are eligible: 

  • ​​Any agricultural, horticultural, vegetable, or fruit product of the soil, whether raw or canned, frozen, dried, pickled, or otherwise processed;    
  • Livestock, meats, marine food products, poultry, eggs, or dairy products;  
  • Equine operations;
  • Wool, hides, feathers, or honey;
  • Any product of farm, forest, orchard, garden, or water.​ 
TYPES OF GRANTS
The Small Farm and Urban Agriculture ​Program is currently offering Small Farm Cover Crop Program grants. Other grant programs are currently under development. Check back for new offerings. ​

SMALL ACREAGE COVER CROP PROGRAM GRANTS
This Program is the first in a series of statewide financial assistance programs to be introduced by the Small Farm and Urban Agriculture Program. It provides needed financial and technical assistance to support small-scale farms located in urban, peri-urban, rural, and suburban areas. Its goal is to increase community access to healthy foods by helping farmers improve their management of natural resources by adopting Bay-friendly and climate-smart farming practices. 

Urban and small-scale producers who may not qualify for traditional cover crop programs are encouraged to apply for these small farm cover crop grants. Here are the program highlights: 

  • Urban agricultural growers and small farmers who plant five (5) or fewer acres of a cover crop may apply for our cover crop grants.
  • Eligible species to be planted include cover crop seed mixes or single cereal grains. ​
  • Cover crops may be planted in open plots, raised beds, or a high tunnel following the harvest of a production crop (vegetables, herbs, flowers, sorghum, soybeans, hemp, millet, or tobacco).
  • Growers should plant fall cover crops following seed company recommendations, but no later than November 30, 2022.
  • Growers will be reimbursed based on paid receipts with a maximum payment of up to $1,000 per growing season.
  • Please download an application, instructions, and agreement from the right panel.
​FUNDING
This program is funded by the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and managed by the department's Conservation Grants Program. ​

Contact Information

Bill Tharpe
Program Administrator

Phone: 410-841-5869
bill.tharpe@maryland.gov

Office Address
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401​

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